DIY Tray

I have this little spot next to our couch in the basement that is super annoying to sit at because there is no place to set your drink.  There’s a basket next to it, so I thought I would attempt to make a tray to set on top of it.  I’ve been seeing those diy trays all over the place and thought I could maybe handle it.  First I needed a wooden box for the base.  My daughter got a “Melissa and Doug Sandwich making set” for Christmass and it came in a little square box.  Ding Ding Ding!!!  Perfect!!!  Love when I can recycle things instead of buying new!


  • Wooden box of some sort
  • Paint
  • Sealer( I just used finishing spray in Satin)
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Decorative handles(optional)


  • First up I just painted the box. I used navy blue acrylic paint to match our basement colors.  I did a couple of coats and then sprayed with satin finish spray paint.
  • Once completely dry I mod podged scrapbook paper to the bottom of it.  If you haven’t used mod podge before check out this tutorial.


  • Cute, but I thought it still needed something.
  • To finish off my tray I added some cute handles that I bought at Menards.  It was impossible to find screws small enough to go into the side of my tray since there wasn’t much depth to it, so my husband ended up cutting the screws in half himself and then screwing them in.  He applied some glue to the back of the handle before screwing it in.  That way it had two things to old it together since there wasn’t much screw. We used his clamps to hold the handles in place until the glue was dry.


  • Finished product!  I think it turned out pretty great!

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