How to Make an Amazing Jewelry Tray For Your Bedroom

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Whether you have everyday jewelry or other items to keep quick at hand, a small jewelry tray can be a perfect way to keep things organized. In this blog post I’m going to share with you how to make a gorgeous tray with some paint and a colorful sheet of scrapbooking paper.

A decorative tray is a great way to keep things like your rings and everyday jewels organized and ready at hand. Trays have long been used to keep items organized without making your table space look overly cluttered.

So let’s make a beautiful decorative jewelry tray for all your everyday pieces!

What You Will Need:

To make your own jewelry tray, you don't need a lot of things, a trip to your local dollar store or Wal-mart can be all you need
  • Wooden craft tray
  • Fine grit sandpaper (optional)
  • White spray paint
  • Copper craft paint (or another metallic)
  • Scrapbooking Paper
  • Mod podge (I recommend the “gloss” finish)
  • 2 Foam brushes
  • Newspapers or a drop cloth for quick cleaning

I also recommend working in a well ventilated area or outdoors at least for the spray paint portion of this craft. I like using my outdoor patio because it’s covered and relatively sheltered from wind.

As for where to find these items, your local dollar store will often have many of these. If not, head to Wal-mart or online to Amazon.

Preparing to Paint

I recommend giving your wooden tray a quick once over with some sand paper, as I find the paint sticks to the surface better when you do that.

Spread out some newspapers or a drop cloth so that your table doesn’t wind up with white paint on it.

Spray Paint The Tray

Applying even strokes of white paint to your tray will ensure good coverage

Every spray paint has its own instructions, if you aren’t super familiar with yours, read the bottle before starting work. It should tell you the time you need to let it dry between coats and all of that stuff.

Once you’ve got your working area set up, apply at least two coats to the wood tray.

You won't need to apply as much paint to the base of your jewelry tray since it'll be covered up by your decorative paper later

If you’d rather not use spray paint, another option is acrylic craft paint. I recommend using a foam brush to paint that on as you can hide the brush strokes better.

Paint The Edge

After the white paint is dry, take your metallic paint and paint the edges of your tray!

For an extra bit of class, grab one of the foam brushes and the metallic craft paint, I found a lovely coppery color that looked perfect. The metallic shades add a bit of sparkle to the otherwise plain white of the tray.

Make sure the white paint is fully dry before starting this step. Using a small brush, gently paint the edge of your tray and perhaps the hand holds if you like. 

If you are afraid of the paint spilling down, you can use painter’s tape to keep it contained to the edges if you like, but I found working slowly helped keep my copper paint where it needed to be.

Add Some Paper

To create your paper tray base, measure the width and length inside the tray and cut your paper from that

Once all the paint is completely dry, it’s time to dress up our jewelry tray a bit more. A nice piece or two of scrapbooking paper to cover the bottom of the tray adds just the right unique twist that is sure to make the perfect gift for mom or even if you just want to treat yourself!

I start by measuring how much of the paper I need, you can use multiple pieces of paper if you like, but I liked the look of one solid piece. I picked purple because it’s my favorite color.

You can be generous with your mod podge as it dries fairly clear, but you'll want to clean up any large splotches

Coat the back of the paper with mod podge first and then secure it to the tray. Next, add a few coats over top to seal the paper to the tray. Mod podge will also act as a nice sealant on the rest of your tray too.


The mod podge should dry fairly clear and you can build multiple coats of it for a glossier finish

After the mod podge is dry, you can further seal your tray with a clear coat, but it’s not necessary if you plan on using it as an indoor jewelry tray. Otherwise, your tray is ready to start holding some of your everyday pieces of jewelry. You can place other things in the tray as well, so you can quickly find them, it’s very versatile.

Another angle of display for the tray

This tray is also highly customizable. Other ideas include choosing different colors for the paint or using old book pages or comic book pages instead of the scrapbooking paper. You are sure to find something that will suit your decor perfectly.

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Until next time, stay crafty!!

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