DIY Fabric Covered Tray

Time: 2 hours (because of dry time)
Materials: thin fabric, fabric mod podge, wooden traysponge brush

DIY Fabric Covered TrayHappy Monday folks!

I’m always blown away by how many creative ways there are to makeover a single object. There are essentially endless possibilities. I mean really, how cool is that?! That’s why I’m excited to be teaming up with four other bloggers to show you different ways to make over a simple wooden tray. Plus one of you will be winning all the supplies you need to make over a tray of your own. Keep reading for details!

DIY Fabric Covered TrayYou may have seen this fabric on Instagram two weeks ago. I’m still obsessed!

DIY Fabric Covered Tray*Tip! For woven fabrics, instead of trying to cut a straight line, you can actually tear them to get better results. You may have seen them do this at fabric stores (here’s a video if you haven’t!).

DIY Fabric Covered TrayApply a layer of Mod Podge on the base of your tray and cover with fabric. Smooth down with your finger to avoid air bubbles.

I recommend starting on the bottom of your tray and then working your way up the sides. It also helps to let each section dry for a bit because you’ll want to pull the fabric as tight as possible so that it’s flat. There will be over lap of fabric on the corners– cut off the extra and then fold over for a smooth finish.

Once dry make a slit inside the handles and fold the fabric over to glue down. For this section I found that the Mod Podge didn’t work as well (not strong enough it seems), so you may want to use hot glue or E-6000 to get a tighter hold.

DIY Fabric Covered TrayOnce everything is dry, it’s ready for use! You could seal with a layer of Mod Podge, but if you’re just using it decoration, there’s not a huge need to do so.

DIY Fabric Covered Tray

DIY Fabric Covered TrayTo see the other ways to DIY a wooden tray (and trust me, you’re going to want to see them), be sure to head to A Bubbly Life, Sarah Hearts, Pars Caeli, and Oleander and Palm! And don’t forget to enter below to win all the supplies you need to make this project yourself (a $50 Gift Card to Amazon!).



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  • Monique

    This looks gorgeous! I love the fabric you used!


  • Monique

    Ogh.. I forgot to answer the question. I always love everything you do with wood or spraypaint :)


  • Such a pretty fabric! I’d love to see some jewelry DIYs!

  • very nice thing to diy, useful too

  • Laurendy

    As an avid crafter, I an ashamed to admit that I have never used Mod-Podge. This would be the perfect protect to give it a go, cause that tray is so darn cute. That fabric is awesome, I would livre to see it used in another DIY

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  • Laurel (A Bubbly Life)

    That fabric is so awesome.

  • Allyson

    I definitely will be trying that!! Thanks for the inspiration !

  • LOVE that fabric! So fun!

  • I’ve modpodged a tray before, but never with fabric! And I have an older one that I did a while back that needs some sprucing…!! Now to find some fabric as fabulous as this one you have! :D

  • Carrie Waller

    Well, it’s ABSOLUTELY perfect! I’m in love! That fabric is everything good and wonderful in the world…

  • Christine Peterson Bures

    I love your creations with wood too, remaking or reusing items. Do you refashion clothing? Thanks for all you do.

  • pamelamcneff

    I have tried to do something like this, but I love your little hints like letting the fabric dry a bit on one section before proceeding to the next. Wunderbar! And I am SMITTEN with that fabric! Thanks for sharing!

  • I would like to see something really really simple for someone who is somewhat, shall we say… craft-impaired. I love anything to do with candles and vases :-)

  • Jana Ballinger

    Anything to do with sewing!

  • I’d love to see some jewerly making, maybe wire, beads, crystals.

  • Since it’s summer…flip flops!!

  • It’s soooo gorgeous! Beautifully done, Rachel <3

  • prettylittleivy

    Beautiful! I love this idea and may try it. i need a pop of color in my living room. Great website!

  • Sarah

    Like everyone else, I’m dying over the fabric! So good! I think I need to pick some up and make a dress!

  • Mallory

    Any DIY dealing with closet organization. #springcleaningisreal

  • Debbie Snell

    I love making my own jewellery and love seeing others do the same thing so if you could I would love to see that done or some amazing handmade jewellery :) Thank you

  • A. M.

    I would like to see a handmade t-shirt

    rafflecopter name is aarone mawdsley

  • John Thuku

    The fabric is quite nice. I would also love to see more jewellery making.

  • Judy Thomas

    Making earrings or ear stretchers :)

  • mommyto2girlz

    Maybe some monogrammed tees? Thank you
    crystalfaulkner2000 at yahoo dot com

  • Claire

    Jewelry! Or maybe some jewelry storage/organization

  • agordon10

    custom frames

  • cynthiac

    I like all kinds of fabric projects to use up my stash.


    jewelry, please!

  • nickie burke

    I love the use of fabric

  • Sandy Klocinski

    Wine bottle gardens

  • Tanya Victoria

    Reupholstery of window bench seat and ottoman please!

  • louise

    J’ aime bien le recyclage , redonner vie à des choses démodés .

  • mckim

    I would like to know how to frame pictures – especially making the mattes.

  • Natalie

    I would love to see how you can DIY tablescapes, like during the holidays.

  • DonRobb

    I’d like to see more flip flops

  • dglitter

    I’d love to see some cute DIY jewelry boxes.

  • Domenique

    a window seat would be nice or picture frames.

  • Lisa Voyce

    Springtime here and some garden decorations would be nice.

  • Maegan Morin

    I would like to see some unique outdoor planters! With spring on the way its the only thing on my mind!

  • A bench with a cushioned lid would be good.

  • guettel78

    I’d really love to see some creative and fun DIY planters for spring.

    Geoff K
    gkaufmanss at yahoo dot com

  • jalapenomama

    I’d like to see an attractive container to put my pics in for scrap booking.
    form name Barbara Montag
    thank you

  • R

    DIY Throw blankets!! #5waysToDIY

  • I’d like to see home decorations

  • Erica Carnes

    A pillow

  • Oh I love this so much! I want that fabric!

  • Oh – and I think you should do… 5 Ways to DIY silk flowers… or balloons… or clutches… or tea towels.

  • Daniel M

    how to make curtains

  • rtrexel64

    I would like to see spring decorations for the home.

  • Stella Martis

    I have tons of milk carton and have no idea how to upcycle it… :)

  • davisesq212

    Converting an old lamp to something new and fresh.

  • Joe GErsch

    couch cushion covers

  • Lisa Taylor

    Want to see Summer Craft Ideas

  • clynsg

    Bird feeders & houses

  • tinareynolds

    I want jewelry diy and organization diy is much needed for me ;)

  • Carolyn Daley

    For the next #5waysToDIY I would love to see windchimes or other patio decorations.

  • AngelaCisco

    Office organizers

  • Kathy Luman

    I would like to see some diy of decor ideas.

  • Stephanie Larison

    DIY Home decorations

  • Karrie Millheim

    I would like to see lamp shades

  • Amanda

    Well, since spring is right around the corner, anything to do with spring would be fantastic!

  • Timothy Jay

    I think baseball hats would be neat to see you craft.

  • Vikki Billings

    I would love to see a wind chime!

  • Kristine E

    Side tables

  • trisha mckee

    I would love to see some jewelry DIYs.

  • 07violet

    Something storage related would be great.

  • PuffyBiggler

    How about something to make plugged-in electrical cords look better around the house? Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Linda B

    New fan to your page. Not sure what all you have yet but I look forward to seeing. I am looking for easy things that we can do to organize our house. My 16 year old daughter will be helping me make things.

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