DIY + Tutorial how-to-update-an-old-tray-with-recycled-paper

Published on September 5th, 2013 | by Bonnie Getchell


How To: Update an Old Tray With Recycled Paper

How To: Update an Old Tray With Recycled Paper

Have you ever found an adorable tray that needs a little pep or pizazz? It’s easy to update it with recycled paper!

What You Will Need:

1. An old tray. I find these constantly at thrift stores or garage sales.

How To: Update an Old Tray With Recycled Paper

2. Recycled paper. I used the same sheet music that I used for my eco-friendly wreath for fall.

3. School glue. If you can, use eco-glue.

4. A small paintbrush

5. A box cutter or exacto knife

6. Polyurethane or other sealant

How To Do It:

1. Clean your tray.

2. Mix your school glue with a little bit of water. You will want the mixture to have the consistency of soup.

3. Working in sections, use the paintbrush to glue your recycled paper to the tray. I did a solid base of paper first:

How To: Update an Old Tray With Recycled Paper

Then, I added another layer of paper at various angles to make it more random and less perfect.

4. Once your paper has dried, remove any excess from the edges with a box cutter or exacto knife– just make sure you don’t cut into your tray.

How To: Update an Old Tray With Recycled Paper

5. Clean the tray of any extra glue residue. Then, for protection, I gave the entire tray a clear coat of polyurethane (I used the spray kind). While polyurethane isn’t the greenest craft supply, I wanted to make sure the paper didn’t get ruined by any liquids that might come in contact with the tray.

My tray is headed to my craft booth, but I’m totally in love with it! What items could you transform with sheet music? Check out this ruined table top that I revamped with the help of sheet music, too!

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Hello! I'm Bonnie -- a craft nerd, musician, writer, furniture and vintage lover, crafter, and diyer! If you would like to learn more about me, I also have my own blog, Revolutionaries, where I write about more craft projects, furniture redos, and my faith! You can also find me on , Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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