A Thoughtful Place: {DIY} Monogrammed Tray for $5.00

8.28.2012

{DIY} Monogrammed Tray for $5.00

Thank you to everyone who took the time to post such a sweet comment yesterday or sent me an email. The support and friendship truly lifts us up. Today I am back to my DIY nuttiness. Fun and interchangeable trays are certainly not a novel idea, but I had to share the ones that I have been making lately.

Mongrammed Tray A Thoughtful Place

I stumbled upon cute wooden trays in the Target dollar section. Although these puppies are $2.50. Still quite the steal. I scooped up the lime green and black trays. I knew I could use any type of cute patterned scrapbook paper to instantly transform them.

Mongrammed Tray A Thoughtful Place

I hit up my local home improvement store to purchase a piece of acrylic. For less than $10, I bought one sheet and they kindly cut it into four pieces to fit my trays. These trays are roughly 10 x 8.Cuts are free, by the way. So ultimately, I made four trays for roughly $20. Not bad. I have a supply of scrapbook paper at home so it was just a matter of digging through what I already had.

Mongrammed Tray A Thoughtful Place

Lastly, I used Microsoft Publisher to create a monogram or initial for each tray. I created a text box to write the letters and then outlined the box with a coordinating color.  You can play around with fonts and colors to get the look you are going for. Once the file prints, just cut around each square and lightly adhere it to the larger piece of paper. When the acrylic is placed on top, it gives the illusion of being one piece of paper.

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It’s just too much fun playing with the different patterns of paper. This one is for my glasses and watch when I walk in the door. I am known to lose them pretty easily so a tray is perfect for me!

Mongrammed Tray A Thoughtful Place

My daughter now has a tray next to her bed. She likes to keep a bottle of water there at night.

Mongrammed Tray A Thoughtful Place

I made this one to keep in my closet for pretty trinkets and jewelry. I have made gifts using lucite trays and think that these wooden trays might make fun gifts as well. I think it would be nice to layer a few monogrammed papers under the acrylic so the recipient can swap out different colors and looks. Sure wouldn’t take much more work to do that.

Mongrammed Tray A Thoughtful Place

…………………….a tray for guests

My in laws are here from Pennsylvania so this one was holding fresh flowers by their bedside. {Notice the floral decals my daughter insisted on putting on the wall! She is all about d├ęcor these days!}.

Mongrammed Tray A Thoughtful Place

Check out other tray ideas here:    Tray Transformations

And these talented bloggers & tray projects:   Honey We’re Home on TV     House of Fifty      Two Twenty One

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33 comments :

  1. I actually picked up one of these Target trays in pink a few months back. I taped off a design in the middle and used white spray paint, but the paint leaked into the tape edges, so it didn't turn out as I'd hoped. I think I will try this idea to remedy the situation! www.styleoyster.blogspot.com

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  2. How cute that your daughter is getting into decorating :) The trays looks really, really pretty. Love the idea of using it on a bedside table!

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  3. I have wanted the lucite trays for a while---but just can't talk myself into spending $50-$60. Haha. This version however is right up my ally! It would be perfect for my dresser or nightstand. Very cute.

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  4. I did the same thing a few months ago when I found them. The $ section is my first spot to hit up when I walk in! I used mod podge though instead of acrylic over my scrap book paper. These would make great Christmas gifts too!!!

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  5. I love anything with a monogram! These would make the cutest gifts - I'll to file that idea away! - Emailing you - I'm coming out there next month!!

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  6. This is inspired! They look like they came from a high-end gift store. Heading to Target today to see if I can find those trays, what great gifts they would make. Thanks!

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  7. Love this! And this is the perfect idea for a gift!

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  8. I've never met a tray or monogram I didn't like, your are darling! :) Thanks for the tip, I didn't know they would cut acrylic!

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  9. So cute!! I love all of them! You have a nice selection of craft paper!

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  10. These are gorgeous! I actually picked up one of these trays last week and plan on giving it an overhaul! Love this idea! But, I have to ask, where on Earth do you find those gorgeous papers? They are so pretty!! Thank you!

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    1. Hi Jennifer! I get most of mine at a store called pages of tyme near me. It's not a chain but I also scoop some up at Hobby Lobby. They have the cute zebra ones!

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  11. OMG- those are so cute!! I love how you monogrammed them! I'm gonna have to try it!

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  12. these I WANT to make!!!! great easy project!!!

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  13. These are beautiful!!! I always avoid the $2.50 items in the dollar bin (still holding a grudge from when they changed it from all $1 items I guess - haha!) but I will have to grab some of these trays!

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  14. another reason why I wished i lived closer to you. You could teach me all your crafty tricks. I LOVE this tray!!!

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  15. These are wonderful! I'm with Amanda...I wish I lived closer to you, too! I would love to learn some crafts with you along with some of your amazing organization tips. Your daughter sounds adorable and definitely following in your footsteps. So so cute.

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  16. wow! i love the green tray!! awesome!! for $2.50, after the monogram, that looks a lot more than $2.50!!

    huggies***
    smartmomma

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  17. These are so perfect and for $2.50, I'll splurge for the acrylic, too (c; So fun and functional, I feel like I need a whole mess of those cute lil' guys!

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  18. I can't believe these are only $2.50! I'm definitely going to have to go to target this week to see if there are any near me. I really hope there are! I've been wanting trays for awhile now, but all the ones I see are so expensive. These are so cute. Such a great decorating idea - thanks! :)

    I'm also hosting a giveaway right now, if you want to check it out!

    Lauren
    http://laurensweetnothings.blogspot.com/

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  19. I think I need to shop at your Target :) I cannot seem to find cute stuff like that at my Target or maybe I go at the wrong time.
    They turned out really cute.

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  20. I'm with the comment above me....seriously your Target rocks. Wowza...take me shopping there when I come visit?? hehe:) Adore these trays. Simple and quick way to add some color and pattern.

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  21. Woohoo! You are on fi-ya! Love it.
    Holly
    McCallManor

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  22. This is adorable! I love trays. I think i may have a tray problem. They are so pretty and functional at our house. Looks like I'm hitting up Target!

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  23. What a great, thrifty project! They look fantastic, and I love how customizable they are. We're getting a couple of Target stores in my city next spring (I'm in Canada so we don't currently have one) and I am SO excited to be able to get some of the great stuff that I see other bloggers pick up from Target. I also love that these were only $5 each as opposed to $150+ retail!
    Steph :)

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  24. What a fantastic custom look! I think these would be great to have on hand for teacher or hostess gifts. I'll have to check Target and gather the supplies. Thanks for sharing this fantastic idea!

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  25. Courtney, you know how much I have been wanting to make these. What type of paper did you use to print the monogram? You can email me if it is easier.
    Aunt Mary

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  26. great idea! i should get that tray and try this out! thank you!

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  27. I love this idea! Can't wait to try it.

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  28. I'm going to RUN to Target and snatch some of these up! Soo cute!

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  29. What a great idea - simple too!

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  30. I adore that the trays are custom and look like the expensive designer ones, but at such an insanely discounted price. Incredible!! <3 Love your scrapbook paper picks too! Enjoy your time with your in laws!
    xo,
    Jen

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  31. I am novice to crafts and just learning the tools and kits used.I didn't understand the part of "Piece of Acrylic" here. Could you please enlighten me.

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