Today I am going to show you how to create your very own DIY Marble Tray on the cheap. This project is so simple it is downright silly and there is nothing I love more than a cheap and easy DIY project. When you are as obsessed with home decor as I am, you need all of the cheap you can get because things can get expensive quick!
If you have been here for a while you have probably heard me rave about the use of trays to corral items more times than you can count. Yes, trays are very versatile and you can create beautiful vignettes all over your home with trays, but have you ever looked at the price tag of a marble tray? They are crazy expensive folks!
This whole thing started because I have been on the hunt for a new marble tray and all of the options I have found are so expensive I could send my first born to college for less….. Okay, maybe not but they are super expensive none the less. Then while I was perusing the aisles of Lowes I spotted this gorgeous piece of tile and at that moment I knew exactly what I could do to save myself some money.
The fact that this project can be done in literally 5 minutes and that it is so super cheap that it’s ridiculous made me love it even more.
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DIY Marble Tray Materials Needed
Drying Time: 1-2 days
Step One: Lay all of your materials out on old newspaper or a piece of cardboard so you don’t accidentally get glue on anything important. The glue is great but it has a tendency to run out so make sure to be careful. Then apply felt pads to all four corners of the tile to prevent scratches.
Step Two: Measure your marble tile and place the cabinet pull one inch in and centered. Take the pencil and make small marks under the cabinet pull where the pull will sit once it is glued down.
Step Three: Place glue onto the bottom of the cabinet pull, make sure you get it into the holes so it gives it a little extra hold.
Step Four: Place cabinet-pull down directly onto the pencil marks, taking care to keep it straight before you place it down permanently. If a little bit of glue seeps out, don’t worry you can gently wipe it off now with a q-tip or scrape it off later. Repeat the steps above for the opposite side.
Step Five: Allow the project to dry for a minimum of one day I left mine for several days and the pulls aren’t budging. Once the project has dried and the pulls are firmly in place you may use and style your tray!
Now it’s time to style your new tray, this piece is so versatile you can literally use it anywhere and I found several places for it around our house so far. The first place I decided to try out the new tray was in our kitchen. We always have tons of items out on the counters that we use daily so what better way to make them look beautiful than to place them on a tray!
See how regular everyday items that are in every kitchen magically turned into decor pieces all because they are neatly corralled on a tray! Alone they look messy and out of place but when placed together on a tray they look intentional and pretty.
For as long as I can remember I have been using a paper towel on our nightstand as a coaster. Not because I cannot afford a set of coasters but because when my drink sweats the paper towel will soak it up and a small coaster will cause it to spill out onto the nightstand and possibly leave water marks on the wood. So as soon as this baby was finished I knew exactly where I needed it most, the nightstand!
It corrals my normal nightstand decor perfectly and I even have room left over to place my glasses and a drink. Not bad for 5 minutes worth of work and very little money if you ask me.
This project is a prime example of thinking outside the box and when you do this, you have a great chance of being able to create the same look for a fraction of the cost. No, it didn’t cost me a ton and no I didn’t use some crazy detailed materials list or some super secret skill set, actually just the opposite, most of us have everything but the marble tile and cabinet-pulls laying around the house.
I hope you all enjoyed this quick and easy project and I hope you will all continue to think outside the box when it comes to home decor items and decorating. You don’t always have to buy new expensive items. Don’t get me wrong new and expensive items totally have their place in our homes and it is never a bad idea to invest in good quality pieces that will last but when it comes to small overpriced accessories I would much rather DIY than have to fork over tons of money to get the same exact look.
I would love to know where you intend to use your DIY Marble Tray. Do you have the perfect spot picked out or are you going to play around with it in different areas until you find the perfect one? Let me know in the comments section below.
Are you looking for more cheap and easy DIY decor options for your home? Check out Cheap DIY Artwork and DIY Wall Hanging for more ideas. If you loved this project please show some love by pinning the image below.