D.I.Y. Tray

As guest editor for Elle this month, I did a little DIY on turning a picture frame into a tray. I love incorporating trays onto pretty much any surface from coffee tables, to console tables and dining tables since they are both functional and decorative.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Frame, decorative paper, two handles, electric drill, screw driver, measuring tape, chalk/pencil.
1.) Head to your nearest frame store and pick a frame that goes with your decor. Keep in mind that because you’ll be using it as a tray, a picture frame with more depth will work best. I purchased mine at the nearest Aaron Brothers for under $35! When picking a frame, also keep in mind that wood will be easiest to drill through.2.) Repurpose extra old handles you have laying around or go out and find some fun ones.

3.) Remove the back of the frame and its glass insert.

4.) Use a measuring tape to lightly mark where you’re going to drill holes to add your handles. Make sure they’re symmetrical!
5.) Using your electric drill, drill holes for each handle through the frame. Use your screw drive to tightly fasten handles. You can put the handles on the side like I did, or on the top of the frame depending on the length of your screws.
6.) Add your decorative paper behind the glass as if you’re framing a picture and you’re done!
For more DIY’s, make sure to head over to Elle!

132 Comments

  1. What a nice idea it came out so well
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  2. A.

    its pretty ! :)

  3. Such a good idea! I´m definitely trying it out!!

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  4. I love it <3

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  5. It turned out beautiful!

  6. Such a cool table tray DIY!! You've just inspired me to do my own one :)

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  7. I love the idea and it came out perfect! Now I gotta try it out.

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  8. it looks so good!

  9. Nice idea, I love the DIY and was looking for a tray, but what better than one made by me, now I know how to make me one, thanks lovely!

  10. That is very nice, came out so great!

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  11. Lovely idea (: I love reading your blogpost, I shall try out this DIY idea. xx

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  12. That is so creative! Love that you're not only a fashion rolemodel, but you also do your interior decor yourself!

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  13. This is so cool! Doesn't even look tooo challenging!

    xoxo
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  14. Great DIY and I like how the pattern on the tray complements the table.

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  15. Can't believe you made this! It looks like something you'd find for a lot of money in a store. Good job it's so pretty!
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  16. Thank you so much for sharing those helpful tips for the house…

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  17. Gorgeous DIY! This is going to be a must try for me :)
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  18. Great DIY! Need to give this a try in my new apartment!
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    xx-MC

  19. Loving this project! I'm going to have to give it a whirl!

    Shannon
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  20. i swear i was just thinking of buying one the other day! thanks for this :D xx

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  21. Gorgeous idea !! Thanks for sharing !

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  22. Love the finished tray. Aimee you are so handy with that drill!
    Happy Tuesday Hun xoxo
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  23. Super cute idea! I love that you can customize it to your taste depending on the materials you have.

  24. So interesting, I'm not sure if I would be able to do it :))

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  25. Brilliant! Awesome pulls, where are those from?

    Thanks Aimee!

  26. SO cool! I love this idea!

  27. I love this, and that decorative paper is so pretty.

    Mana
    Fashion and Happy Things

  28. Wow! Great idea! xx
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  29. This is so cool! I love DIY because they always keep my style unique! I think a tray gives any room a preppier look ;-)

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  30. I like always DIY: Have a nice day.

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  31. Oh my gosh such a good idea! I must try this!

  32. Awesome DIY!

    Thank you for sharing!

    Stylejourneys

  33. This is such a good idea! Definitely trying this. Thanks :) xx

  34. Thank you so much for this! The tray is so gorgeous, i should try this myself ;)))

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  35. This is such an amazing DIY ! You wouldn't even be able to tell that it's not a marble tray!

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  36. I'm so totally going to try!

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  37. LOVE this DIY – Such a fun, simple project w/ lots of room to get creative. <3

  38. great idea! Must try this!

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  39. such a lovely, handy idea! Such a DIY whiz xD

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  40. Great project! It turned out so well.

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  41. Such a lovely idea and It turned out so perfect will definitely be trying it out and bow amazing your an editor for elle congratss! xo

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  42. I would love to know where your skirt is from

  43. What a lovely DIY tray! Love the skirt you are wearing as well.
    xoxo

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  44. Love this idea & you make it look so professional!

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  45. Love it!
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  46. Your tray is so nice! Lov it!
    Thanks for the tips!!!

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  47. Amazing idea! It came out so well and doesn't look diy at all!
    -Kate xo
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  48. I love this idea, I would never have thought to use a picture frame!

    xoxo
    Stacey

    Five Minute Style 

  49. you're fabulous in decoration!

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  50. I wish I was so good with the drill!
    Nice idea:)

  51. amazing diy, so simple yet stylish!

  52. I love all of your outfit posts Aimee, but I think my favorite posts are the ones that revolve around your other occupation. Looking forward to some more of these decorating gems!

    Best.

  53. Great idea!
    Love your blog.
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  54. I love that idea! So beautiful and chic!

    xo Deborah Chloe

  55. Ilike this DIY! Thank you for the idea!

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  56. What a cool idea! This looks so cool and actually not too hard to do :-)

    xx, V

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  57. Fun DIY to enjoy my coffee table even more with a lovely tray! And these flowers, my my, there are gorgeous!
    xoxo
    Melodie
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  58. Gorgeous! It came out so well!!

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  59. such a great idea. and so easy. thanks for this ;)

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  60. oo crafty. i love the idea.

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  61. charcoal is soo cute!

  62. What an awesome and ingenious idea! I need to put this on my DIY list of things to try next!

  63. Nice idea, I love the DIY and was looking for a tray, but what better than one made by me, now I know how to make me one, thanks lovely! evans clothing vouchers

  64. This is such a great tutorial!! I may try it out one day!
    P.s. I LOVE the photo of charcoal peering at your work! :D

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  65. I am so horrible at DIY but this is so simple I might actually be able to pull it off! Thanks for sharing =)

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    Xx

  66. This is such a great concept! I'm definitely going to get my DIY on over the weekend! <3

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  67. Now why didn't I think of that! Just reblogged your post. Great idea and great style!!

    XOXO-
    Stella

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  68. OMG this is such a cool DIY

    Lots of love,

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  69. wow – that tray is gorgeous!!! what a great idea.

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  70. No wayyy this is just amazing!!! I have to give this a try.

  71. OMG! Amazing wrok looks so fab i was needing a new center peace and i found it thanks so much

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  72. I like the deco paper you used for this!!! :)

  73. Love this :) its absolutely easy and looks fab :) x

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  75. I love that paper! That’s a fun and easy project that looks great! Thanks!

  76. LOVE THIS! DIY FTW!

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  79. The info is extremely fascinating.

  80. Yaaay! I finally did it myself… Super cool idea. I’m using it as a jewelry
    tray. Check it out :)

    http://theblonde-diary.blogspot.de/2014/10/diy-marble-jewelry-tray.html

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