November 3, 2015

DIY Home Tray

I've had an Amazon gift card I received for my birthday in July tucked away. I was about to succumb and buy this perfume tray from Amazon that I liked ... but didn't love because I couldn't find anything else. I'm glad I didn't hit the "purchase now" button because I came up with something much better.

I always hear people saying that DIY projects cost you just as much if not more than what you see, and a lot more stress. For me, that isn't true. So many of the things I make, are exceptionally inexpensive. This particular project cost me less than half of the price I was going to pay on Amazon.

It did involve me wandering around Lowe's, but thankfully every employee I came in to contact with was super friendly and led me in the direction I needed to go.

This isn't your standard perfume tray, but it's unique and beautiful. You can use this as a serving tray for your next wine and cheese night, as a lovely addition on your bar cart, or as a cozy piece on your nightstand.

You will need:
A piece of marble (I bought a 9x12 piece for only $1.58!!)
2 cabinet pulls (there's so many options which made it fun for choosing this part)
4 copper tube caps (there's a few sizes, but I chose the 3/8")
Krazy glue

To make: 

I first spray painted the copper caps with gold spray paint so that they matched the other pieces.

Next, flip over your marble piece and on the outer four corners glue each cap individually to make it rise off the surface you will be placing your tray on.

Once the caps are glued in to place you can flip over your marble and measure the length. Align the spot somewhere in the middle where you would like to place your cabinet pulls or handles. Mark with a Sharpie, then glue on each side.

Clean up any excess glue while wet with a Q-tip because it can dry pretty fast.

Allow to dry for 24 hours before use so that everything can set in to place.

My new perfume tray is sitting pretty on my dresser and getting lots of great use. I think my next tray will be holding cheese to go with lots of wine for a weekend get together!

Have you ever made something you wanted instead of buying it? 

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