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Paige Hemmis’ DIY Mosaic Trays

 Paige Hemmis’ DIY Mosaic Trays
Materials needed for family room tray:
  • Tray (deep-set at least 1 ¼")
  • Paint
  • Wall tile mosaic “Smart Tiles”
  • 2 handles (they will come with screws)
  • Drill
  • Drill bit slightly larger than the screws for the handles
Materials for “Breakfast in Bed” Tray
  • Tray
  • Painter’s tape
  • Black chalk board paint
  • 2 handles (they will come with screws)
  • Drill
  • Drill bit slightly larger than the screws for the handles
Materials needed for bathroom tray:
  • 11"x14" picture frame
  • Cardboard or foam core
  • Fabric slightly larger than 11”x14”
  • Iron to smooth the fabric
  • 2 handles (they will come with screws)
  • Drill
  • Drill bit slightly larger than the screws for the handles


Directions for family room tray:


  1. Pick out a deep-set tray of your choosing. You will need to choose a tray with at least 1 ¼" sides.

  2. If you are happy with the color, move to the next step. If you would like to change the color of your tray, now is the time to do it! Paint the sides and outside of the tray. Bring the inside color to the bottom of the tray only a ¼" (you will be covering the bottom anyway).

  3. Pick up self-adhesive wall tiles named “Smart Tiles” from your local hardware store. You will need to measure the bottom of the tray to make sure you buy enough wall tiles to cover the entire base. Since I picked up a 10” x 10” pieces of tile, and my tray is 12” x 18”, I had to purchase 3 packs of wall tiles.

  4. Lay out your wall tiles on the bottom of the tray. Cut to fit. Once you are happy with the layout, peel off the back of the wall tiles and affix to the bottom of the tray. Fill in any gaps with left over pieces of wall tile.

  5. Fill with your favorite items and put the tray out for display!

Directions for "Breakfast in Bed" tray:


  1. Take an old tray (or a new one)

  2. Tape off the sides that you do not want painted

  3. Spray paint black chalk paint on the base of the tray

  4. If the sides have handles you are done!

  5. If the sides have no handles, you can add handles to give the tray a fancier look.

  6. Pick out handles from your local hardware store. They will come with their own screws.

  7. Drill holes slightly bigger than the screws provided where you want the handles.

  8. Attach the handles to the tray.

  9. Write your favorite “Good Morning” message and serve your loved ones breakfast in bed with your new tray.

Directions for Bathroom Tray:


  1. Take an 11"x14" picture frame of your choosing

  2. Take out the glass of the frame and set aside

  3. Take the cardboard out to use as your base. If the frame has no cardboard, pick up a foam core board at your local craft store

  4. Take your favorite piece of fabric and cut the fabric to just 2” around the entire cardboard

  5. Iron the fabric if needed

  6. Attach the fabric to the cardboard by either spray adhesive or double sided tape and then wrap the edges around the cardboard

  7. Place the cardboard back into the frame

  8. Pick out handles to match your frame

  9. Drill holes slightly bigger than the screws provided where you want the handles

  10. Attach the handles to the tray

  11. Set your favorite bathroom supplies on your new tray and display in the bathroom


Do It Yourself Mosaic Trays

Paige Hemmis shows how to make an elegant and functional mosaic tray on a budget.

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