Pretty decorative trays are definitely a useful thing to have in any home. They can be used a catchall of your little (but important) things as well as helping you serve your hors d’oeuvres and refreshments in style at your next party!
Pretty store-bought trays often have not-so-pretty price tags. But lucky you, there is an easy DIY stencil solution to this problem. Here are 6 quick and easy ways to stencil trays that add a lot of style for very little expense:
Chic Moroccan Stenciled Tray
Do you love Chalk Paint®? Then you’re going to love this stencil project via Annie Sloan Unfolded’s blog, The Palette! The tray pictured above was originally a thrift store find that is now decorated with a striking Moroccan stencil pattern. The entire tray was painted with Graphite Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan and stenciled with the Tangier Lattice Furniture Stencil using Paris Grey Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. The result? A chic catchall tray that would look beautiful on a coffee table or bedside dresser!
A Shining Stenciled Serving Tray
Have you been swooning over exotic trays from Morocco, Pier 1, or West Elm? Nomadic Decorator found the perfect way to get the look of these metallic etched trays without dishing out too much money or traveling abroad. She recommends buying any basic metal tray and spray painting it with metallic paint. To see how she used copper leaf to add serious shine to our Marrakesh Medallion Stencil design, visit her travel and DIY blog.
The Key to Organization
Never lose your keys again by making an easy DIY stenciled key tray! Designate the tray as THE place to put your keys in when you get home, and voila! No more frantic searches for your keys every time you leave the house! Play Party Pin took the first step to an organized home by painting our Triangulations Furniture Stencil with Royal Stencil Crème in Metallic Teal and Antique Silver. Instead of stenciling the inside of the tray directly, she stenciled a piece of card stock so she could easily change out the design at any time. Now she just needs to remember to put her keys in the tray!
Stained and Stenciled Wood Serving Tray
Dolen Diaries made her stenciled decorative tray from scratch with plywood. A great alternative to using paint for stenciling is to stencil with wood stain! Stained furniture accessories add the warmth of natural wood tones throughout your home. This creative blogger used Ebony Stain & Seal by Faux Effects to add rich, dark color to our Arrow Print Stencil. Do you love this geometric pattern? You can use this stencil in so many ways! See how she used it in multiple DIY projects around her house!
Clutter Be Gone
Does clutter drive you crazy? Life in Velvet was fed up with remotes and miscellaneous things being tossed anywhere in her living room. She decided to make a table tray that also served as cute décor accent. She even used a pop of sunny yellow paint on a small area of our Get Ziggy With It Stencil to add a little extra pop personality! What a fun way to add a touch of color without painting a full wall!
Classic Chevron Tray
Chase The Star is just as addicted to garage sales as the rest of us! Her $3 tray turned into a modern marvel after she painted it blue and white, distressed it, and stenciled it with our Chevron Furniture Stencil in orange. You can create this stencil project for yourself with her DIY tips. We are always so amazed at how easy it is to decorate with stencils! Are you?
With DIY stenciled decorative trays, the possibilities are endless… and affordable! We’d love to share your beautiful stencil projects with our readers! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, share them on our Facebook Page, or Instagram your Royal Design Studio stencil projects and tag us with #royaldesignstudio.