DIY Striped Tray

Written by on February 15, 2012 in DIY, Lifestyle - 25 Comments
DIY tray

Stacy here from Hello Cupcake LLC, and today I’m thrilled to share a DIY that is sure to come in handy! (And the best part? All of the materials for this project came in well under $20!) This DIY tray is great for having breakfast in bed, and when not in use, it’s perfect for keeping your smaller items organized.

– Wooden tray (I found mine at Ross for $4.99!)
– Spray paint: two colors
– Painter’s tape (design shown used tape that was .75 inches thick)

Determine which spray paint color you would like to use as your base and which you would like to use as your pop of color. (I used white for the base and teal for the pop.) Following the directions on your spray paint can, thoroughly cover all areas of the tray with your base color. After 30 minutes, add a second coat of base color spray paint. Let the tray dry for at least 24 hours.

Once the tray is dry, use the painter’s tape to create a design. I did a mix of triangles and stripes. You can place and lift the tape, moving it as you go along to create a design you’re happy with. What’s covered by the tape will remain white while you add your pop color.

Once you’re happy with the design you made with the tape, spray paint the tray with your pop color.  After 30 minutes, add a second coat of pop color spray paint. Let the tray dry for at least 24 hours.

  • jessica

    Such a great idea! I am going to have to try this. Thanks for sharing!

  • Candice

    How cute is this?! I just love the colors, and the design is so fun! Definitely going to try this one out!

  • Anna

    Love this, I think I have to do this!

  • Nicole

    This is adorable! So cute and fun!

  • Lindsay{LCVintage}

    This is awesome! I definitely want to make one for myself. What a great gift too!

  • Rachael

    This is so pretty, much better then a shop brought one!

  • GawgusThings

    This looks fabulous – I love it!
    Emma x

  • Grace – Stripes & Sequins

    This is so cute! I need!!!

  • Emily

    What a neat idea. Such a simple but lovely DIY!

  • http://sara.strauss/ Sara S.

    Fantastic idea! I love it! I was thinking of getting a tray and painting it with black chalkboard paint, but I like this one better!


  • Oh, It’s Just Perfect!

    That is so adorable and the tutorial is fabulous. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jessica

    Love this idea! It’s a simple concept but looks very beautiful!

  • Rachie

    This is so amazing! I love it! And easy too xx

  • Erica | cupcakes & coffee breaks

    Oh my god, I love this!

  • Femi

    Love how you created the pattern! great idea :)
    If you’d like to check out my DIY photo-frame trays; Thanks 😉

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  • Chloe – LikeLoveStyle

    I love this idea! Its so cute and simple :)

  • Vanessa

    This is super cute! I especially love the color!

  • Hello Cupcake LLC

    Thanks for the sweet feedback! Hope you’ll give this DIY a go! It’s a really fun project!

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  • Morgan Smith

    I did this recently on my blog at, but unfortunately the paint ran a little under the tape! Here is the link to the post:

  • Martha

    That is an excellent idea. Talk about a personalized tray that no one else has. I love the colors.

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  • Rena

    Greta idea, you should totally do a tutorial on how to lay the tape down, not as easy as it looked :/

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