I absolutely love having lots of pretty trays around my home. Lucite or acrylic trays (whichever you want to call them!) are perfect for corralling items in a stylish way. They can easily make your home look chic and organized at the same time. But, those clear acrylic trays can also be really expensive! Keep reading though to see how I created my own lucite trays for less than $5 and in five minutes!
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This week’s 15 on Friday, I think, is FAB.
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See, I have this thing for lucite / acrylic. When Grunt Labor asked me what lucite was, my response was, “It’s the stuff dreams are made of.”
Obsessed much? Probably too much.
For Christmas, I asked for a plethora of lucite items from Anthropologie. One being this tape dispenser (that I got!) and another one, this lucite tray. Friends, that tray is $44. You can get this one cheaper – its $25.
Or, you could make your own DIY lucite tray for $5 and in less than 5 minutes.
And you can make the bottom prettier than those other ones.
DIY Lucite Tray
Here’s what ya do.
Go to Michael’s (mine came from Michael’s) or another craft store or maybe even Target and buy an acrylic frame and pretty paper (12 x 12).
I got two frames – a larger one and smaller one – and by using a 40% coupon at Michael’s each was under $5. I think the paper was like $0.50 a sheet on sale.
Now, unwrap the frames and flip them over.
Pull out the cardboard backing.
Instant clear acrylic tray.
Now, this next step isn’t necessary, but if you want to add a bit more to your tray, you can easily add a little bling.
Trace the tray’s shape on the back of the paper and cut it out. Pop it in the tray.
Were you expecting it to be more complicated? You should know by now that I love quick and easy projects with some bling.
I sent my paper to work with Grunt Labor one day and had him laminate it. You don’t have to do this, but it just adds a little extra protection. You can also get that done pretty cheap at just about any office supply store. Or, you could even Mod-Podge it in there.
Both trays are on my new office desk / hutch.
The small one is holding my business cards (that need an update), extra gold animal push-pins, and my grandmother’s retro glasses that she wore while driving her beloved Cadillac.
The larger one holds….
An old Avon perfume bottle that is a cross between a giraffe and the Eiffel Tower?? Strange, but pretty when spray painted gold….
A fun (and inappropriate) coaster my friend Lindsay got me from Z-Gallerie.
And the beloved lucite tape dispenser….
What do you think of these DIY lucite trays? Better than a $40 one?
Love a good tray hack or knock-off DIY? Then you’ll want to see these…
This Faux Malachite Tray costs less than $10 to make.
This DIY Monogrammed Tray makes a perfect gift.
Learn how to make your own lucite frame – and get a free Gone with the Wind printable.
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