Upcycled Beverage Tray

I just love when an idea comes together, don’t you?  I was browsing the clearance section at Joann Fabric the other day and came across this cool tin tray!  The only problem was the inside tray bottom was NOT my style.  I love wine and all but this was a little too much.  Thankfully, I have PLENTY of leftover scrapbook paper and decided to jazz it up a bit.  Now, I have a brand new Upcycled Beverage Tray to use at summer cookouts!

All you need is a little scrapbook paper and mod podge to create this Upcycled Beverage Tray via createcraftlove.com #upcycle #summer #modpodge

Wanna make your own Upcycled Beverage Tray?

Here’s what you need:

Tray {can be wood or tin, square or round}

Black permanent marker

Scrapbook paper

Scissors/Exacto knife

Mod Podge Super Gloss

First, let me show you the before…


See?  Not my style.

The directions I am going to give you are for the round tray.  You can modify them for a square tray.

I had a bit of a hard time getting the scrapbook paper the right size.  At first, I traced the bottom of the tray and cut it out.  But that was WAY too big.  Since I couldn’t get the galvanized metal apart {I’m not Mr. Incredible}, I decided to try something a little different.  I  flipped the tray over, took a black permanent marker and colored the rim of the tray.


Then, very quickly and carefully, I turned it back over and placed it on the scrapbook paper to make an impression of sorts.


If you look closely, you can see the line it left.  Cut out the circle with your scissors.  Fair warning, it’s still going to be big but much more manageable.


Place the scrapbook paper in the tray.  Smooth it out to the edges.  Let the extra curl up the side of the tray.  Then take your Exacto knife and trim off the excess.


Remove the scrapbook paper.  Brush on a coat of Mod Podge and then reapply the paper.  Smooth is out so you don’t get any wrinkles or bubbles.  Allow to dry for about an hour.

Next, add a coat of Mod Podge Super Gloss to the to seal the paper.  Allow to cure for 4 weeks.  Then wipe down with a wet cloth.

I love my new tray!  It’s going to look great at the new house too!

All you need is a little scrapbook paper and mod podge to create this Upcycled Beverage Tray via createcraftlove.com #upcycle #summer #modpodge


And it looks so pretty on my aqua side outdoor side table!

What fun ways have you spruced up clearance items?


About Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

Jill Fritz is a full time outside the home working mommy turned craft blogger. She offers craft/DIY tutorials for Pinterest addicts, craft junkies, DIY fanatics and busy mamas. Jill started Create.Craft.Love. as place to showcase her craftiness and to encourage others to do the same. Create.Craft.Love is a place where passion and creativity collide!


  1. Sp cute, love it!!!

    Hope you are having a lovely day


  2. I love it Jill! You know I love me some cheap finds made pretty, and you definitely made this one pretty!! Great job! Pinning:)

  3. Oh, I LOVE it!! Very cute idea!

  4. Crystal says:

    Super cute!! Love it!!

  5. visiting from sugar bee’s linky…
    great tray. love the colours on the new one! thanks for sharing!

  6. Cute idea! I’d love if you’d like up to The DIY’ers

  7. Jill, I love this tray! The paper you chose is so cute and lively! Awesome find and awesome makeover! Would love it if you would link this up to Give Me The Goods Monday: 1 Party, 4 Blogs! http://www.rainonatinroof.com/2013/05/give-me-goods-monday-link-party-9.html
    Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  8. That’s a great tip about the Mod Podge super gloss and the curing time. I didn’t realize that. Thanks. The tray looks adorable!!

  9. So cute! I like wine too, but that print. I’m sure I would have passed it up and not thought about recovering it :) Brilliant!

  10. Ahhhhh I want to steal this from your house! SO PRETTY!

  11. Such a pretty transformation!

  12. Cute! I agree that it’s a gazillion times better than the wine motif! :)

  13. Looks fabulous.Very clever.

  14. CUTE. Beyond cute. Love it!

  15. Wow! This is adorable. I love the patterned paper you chose and the tip about curing. Found your lovely blog on the Craftberry Bush party.

  16. What a great idea! Love the paper you chose!

  17. Pretty! You did a wonderful job! Have a great weekend. Linda

  18. What a great update to the tray! Practical and perfect project for summertime!

  19. Definitely an improvement over the original. Now, it’s super-cute.

  20. JaneEllen says:

    I’ve been seeing that type of tray on different blogs and wondered where I could find one. Think I might just be a tad fixated on metal trays especially but trays in particular. What can I say except I love your great save on your tray. Why do makers think people are so crazy about wine stuff? No offense, but enough already. Thought that was kinda done awhile ago. No offense to wine lovers decor.
    The paper you used changed the look so much, much happier and summery. You’ll get lots of use out of that little tray and it does look great on your aqua table. Enjoy your weekend.

  21. Yeah, I like your make-over much much more than the wine!
    Thanks for sharing! :)

  22. Super cute!
    Hooping over from Whipperberry.

    I would love for you to share and link up at my TGIF Link Party. The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday’s at midnight.
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs, Cathy

  23. Super cute!! Stumbled and pinned, friend. xo

  24. Love this so much! Thanks for linking it up at my “Best Of The Weekend” party. It will be included in my “Fabulous Features” which should post in a couple of hours. :)
    xoxo, Claire


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