• DIY Paper Strip Tray

    By craft contributor Claire of Fellow Fellow

    Hello hello… Claire from Fellow Fellow here! I’ve got a really bright, fresh, summery DIY for you today which can be customized in all sorts of ways.. enter – the paper-strip tray!

    Here’s what you’ll need to make your own…

    – A wooden tray (mine is from Ikea)
    – Strips of card in various colours (thicker card is better because it won’t bubble as easily). Mine were 4″ x 0.7″ and fit 17 across my tray, 5 down. You can make them whatever size/shape you like to fit your tray.
    – Glue
    – Paint brush
    – Sand paper (optional)
    – Varnish (optional)

    Step 1.
    If your tray has an already varnished surface (or a slightly glossy one like mine) it’s best to give it a quick sand with your sand paper to roughen up the surface a bit. Wipe off the tray with a damp cloth.

    Step 2.
    Before gluing, lay out your strips in the color combination you want.

    Step 3.
    Move them back from where you want to glue them, and working two strips at a time, apply some glue to the tray and spread it with your paint brush. Place the first strip down and smooth out with your fingers. Apply the second strip right next to it so there are no gaps. Smooth out. Move onto gluing the next two strips. Once you’ve completed the whole row, you can place a piece of baking paper over it and weight it down with some books (though I didn’t find it necessary).

    Step 4.
    Keep working row by row until you’ve finished gluing the whole tray. Allow to dry.

    Step 5.
    Once dry, you can opt to apply some varnish to the whole surface. This way the paper will be somewhat protected, and will give it a nice shiny finish. Allow the varnish to dry overnight (or however long the manufacturer recommends) before using the tray.


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    6. Tan said… July 29, 2012 5:07 pm

      You can do oh so much with imagination and a little white glue. Love this!

    7. Erin {Bayside Bride} said… July 27, 2012 2:56 pm

      That is so cute!

    8. Mel J said… July 26, 2012 10:11 am

      I am pinning this – I need a nice tray for supper dinners!

    9. invisibly said… July 26, 2012 4:36 am

      this is lovely. if only i needed a tray 🙂

    10. Will @ Bright.Bazaar said… July 26, 2012 12:51 am

      This is SO much fun – a must try, for sure!

    11. R O X Y M A R J said… July 25, 2012 10:52 pm

      so pretty, and would make a really lovely quilt too!

    12. R O X Y M A R J said… July 25, 2012 10:51 pm

      very cute idea! 🙂

    13. Bethany Fillmore said… July 25, 2012 9:05 pm

      Love this project! So colorful and summery

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    15. natalie @ The SoHo said… July 25, 2012 3:39 pm

      So pretty! I love the color combination.

    16. Chrissy Martinez said… July 25, 2012 3:19 pm

      Wonderful project !

    17. Jessica said… July 25, 2012 1:32 pm

      Where do you find such beautiful paper at?

    18. THE STEL STYLE said… July 25, 2012 12:30 pm

      I like this diy!! it’s easy to do, I will try!!!

    19. Gina said… July 25, 2012 12:20 pm

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