Easy DIY Washi Tape Serving Tray

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Have any of you seen the cute serving trays that are out there these days? I have been lusting after one for months now (HERE are some of my favorites), but I really don't have $60 + to spend on a tray that is just going to basically sit on a table most of the time. So when I spied a couple of wooden trays at Goodwill for $1.99 I decided to just make my own! I debated between using a stencil or spray paint, but finally decided to use Washi Tape. It's the cheapest and easiest option plus it is a lot less messy than paint. 

So are you ready for this? Here's the "how to"... apply the tape in whatever direction or pattern you like. Mod Podge it. And.... that's it! It can't get any easier than that, can it?! This one is going to be used in the guest room Darren and I are getting ready to makeover. I'm excited about it because I think it will add a personal touch to the room and it cost about a tenth of what a tray would have cost for me to purchase!



  1. I've been looking through thrift stores for a tray to decorate too. Yours is lovely!

  2. Love, Love this tray. My bedrom is going to be redone in the yellow's and grays and this is a super cute idea for a little accessory. Thanks for sharing.

    Living in the Moment

  3. @Elise : Yes, I always look for trays when I'm thrifting! I have another one sitting in my craft room that I still need to makeover. Can't wait to work on it!

    @Brandy : Thank you so much! I'm so glad you like it! Thank you for following the blog too! I will be posting my guest room projects from time to time so stay tuned for more inspiration! :)

  4. Hi Hannah! This is so cute! I saw you linked up at Craft-O-Maniac's link party!
    Beth @ The First Year Blog

  5. @Beth : Thank you! I like your blog theme! We are just had our 1 year anniversary in May 2012. Our first was wonderful! How much do you LOVE being a newlywed?!

  6. I love the idea--it's simple and cute. What more could you ask for? :) Thanks for sharing!

  7. This is such a great idea! I'd love it if you stopped by my weekly link party and shared this. http://thelifeofjenniferdawn.blogspot.com/2013/01/a-little-bird-told-me-link-party-24.html

  8. Adorable! I am a new follower. I would love you to come join my Pin Me Linky Party that starts Friday morning at 8am CST.

  9. love the colors you chose- i bet it adds a great touch to whatever room it graces :) stopping by from easy living mom & following!

  10. Thank you, everyone! I'm so thrilled that you like the project and that I have some new followers!


  11. This is such a great tip. Thank you for sharing!

    Hopping by and following your lovely blog's FB, IG and Pinterest. I blog @ Getting Healthy with Essential Oils

    I am also inviting you to join Tiddle Diddle Handmade Shoppe's first giveaway event.

  12. Thank you for linking up at Craft, Create & Inspire linky party last weekend

    Your projects featured ths weekend ;) hope you will join us !

    Claire x

  13. Thanks for linking up Hannah! Following via FB & Pinterest now!

  14. Your Washi Tape Serving Tray turned out beautifully! Thank you so much for Linking Up with us.

  15. OH MY!!!!! I've been wanting a tray for so long too! I saw this featured at the Craft, Create & Inspire link party and fell in love!!!! I have washi tape fever and I love what you did here! Have a great week!

    Your newest follower,

  16. How do you seal over the tape so it doesn't curl up, and so hot things don't make it unpeel?

  17. I used Mod Podge to seal it (that keeps the tape from coming up). I haven't used anything hot on it yet. It is going in my guest room and I haven't had any visitors. :) But I would think that the layer of Mod Podge should protect it from that too.

    Lovely Little Life

    1. I see a ball of string there along with the 3 varieties of washi tape and wondering what you were going to do with it? Did I miss reading your posting correctly? I was about ready to ask if you could use Mod Podge to seal it and Hannah answered my questions(thoughts). I pinned another tray project that I'd like to do if I can pull the paper off the existing tray that the grandchildren did for me years ago..Might have to just invest in new tray..less work.

  18. Hey Hannah! Thanks for posting this wonderful tutorial and I love your choice of washi tape colors :)

    I was inspired by your post and did a similar diy - diy ceramic tile coasters. You can find it on my blog here: http://fudgeyjoy.com/2013/07/21/diy-washi-tape-ceramic-tile-coasters/

    I see that someone commented about how to seal it from hot things. Just a quick comment that after using mod podge for quite a while, I realized that it is a water based sealant and hence not waterproof. To seal it, I've found Plaid's outdoor gloss sealer to work wonderfully. After you seal your tray, you can then use it to serve cold and hot drinks. Enjoy :)


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