Acrylic Tray DIY

the easiest DIY ever

A couple of months ago I reorganized my vanity and realized I needed a tray to corral all of my stuff. I started searching all over online for an affordable tray. When I say “affordable,” I mean like $15 or less. It doesn’t exist. $26 was the cheapest I could find.

Then I remembered my friend, Katie, telling me about using acrylic frames as a tray. Brilliant! Even better? I had one laying around my house. One brand new tray for $0!!! If you don’t already own one, you can purchase an 8″ x 10″ frame for $5 on Amazon.

Not that it’s really necessary, but here’s how you turn an acrylic frame into an acrylic tray:

step one tray diy

Step two tray diy

Boom. Done.

acrylic diy tray

Easiest. DIY. Ever.


Dearest Lar,

Remember how we used to do crafts all the time? I loved creating stuff: a bunny pin cushion, magazines, paper dolls, necklaces, and a bunch of other stuff. When did we get too busy to have craft time?! I suppose creating a tray from a frame isn’t the most crafty thing in the world, but I still felt a sense of accomplishment when I was done (in five seconds).

Next time we’re together, let’s have a crafternoon. Deal?

xoxo, Cath

14 thoughts on “Acrylic Tray DIY”

  1. Oh my goodness, Cath! Genius, I say, genius! I would have never thought of this so good on you and good on Katie! I think if you bought a plastic tray you would have paid at least $35 for it. I love how you style your vanity too. So very pretteh!
    And yes we must make things together again — when we are on the same continent and have time to craft — all sounds heavenly.
    Miss you so very much wah wah wahhhh!

    1. At least $35! Why are trays always so expensive?!?!

      Let’s start thinking of projects we can do next time we’re together.

      xoxo, Cath

  2. Ok. I love this. A process that involves purchasing things online, having them delivered straight to my door and then flipping them over for extreme usefulness is just about the best thing I’ve read πŸ™‚

    I also very much enjoyed your easy to follow instructions! Even I can’t mess this up!

    1. Right?! And the sense of accomplishment is still equal to doing a much harder and more involved project. It’s a win, win, win!

  3. Any DIY that has 2 steps and only needs 1 item is a DIY for me. I seriously almost bought the $40 one at CB2 earlier today because I haven’t been able to find a better option and was looking for one too! Genius I tell ya. xo

  4. UH YES. I have been wanting a tray forever now and I want one of those acrylic/ clear ones but can never find one that I would actually want to fork money for! This is a great idea!

    1. I never understand why acrylic stuff is so expensive – especially if you can find the frames for cheap!

    1. Me either! At least not anymore. That’s why this is the first DIY you’ve seen on this blog πŸ˜‰

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