Dollar Store DIY Agate Tray

It’s time for another #KnockItOffDIY challenge hosted by my friend Jess from Domicile 37. A bunch of us bloggers tackle luxe for less DIY projects from popular brands and stores. Last month, the theme was Kate Spade and I tackled a pricey vase (tutorial here).

This month’s challenge involves one of my most favorite stores- World Market! I saw this gorgeous agate tray, but I didn’t want to invest in yet another tray for my house. I’m trying to cut back on spending money on stuff.

However, I really couldn’t get this tray out of my head. I was browsing Dollar Tree when I got an idea of how to make my own version for less. Plus, I had all the supplies on hand and literally only had to spend $1 on the tray.

A quick and easy DIY tutorial for how to make a pink agate tray using a plastic tray from Dollar Tree. The gold and pink are gorgeous, and the tutorial includes the agate printable for free.

Here’s what I did.

DIY Gold & Pink Agate Tray

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 60 Minutes

Supplies:

  • Small acrylic/plastic tray
  • Primer or flat white spray paint
  • Gold spray paint
  • Painter’s tape
  • Free agate printable on cardstock or thick photo paper 
  • ModPodge
  • Foam Brush
  • Scissors & Paper Trimmer

A quick and easy DIY tutorial for how to make a pink agate tray using a plastic tray from Dollar Tree. The gold and pink are gorgeous, and the tutorial includes the agate printable for free.

Step 1: Prime your tray using white primer. One good coat will do. Allow to dry for about 10 minutes before moving onto step 2.

Step 2: Put painter’s tape strips on the bottom of the tray where your design will go** (see step 4 with an important note). This will keep the primed surface in tact so the ModPodge adheres better.

Step 3: Spray paint your tray gold. Do both sides until you cannot see any white showing through (about 2 coats). Allow to dry 10 minutes.

Step 4: Print out your agate and trim to size. The dimensions of the bottom of this tray are roughly 10.5″ tall by 6.5″ wide. 

**I had to print this on 11×14 paper to get the print out to be big enough without cutting off since I do not have full bleed printing capabilities. If you only have a letter sized printer, you will need to have the gold continue onto the bottom a bit more in step 2 to avoid a white border. 

Step 5: Adhere your printout to the bottom of the tray using ModPodge. Put heavy objects on top of the tray to ensure a smooth finish.

Step 6: Optional Seal the top with matte or glossy ModPodge to protect your agate printout. 

I love this cute little tray, and when I am tired of it I can toss it knowing it only cost $1!

A quick and easy DIY tutorial for how to make a pink agate tray using a plastic tray from Dollar Tree. The gold and pink are gorgeous, and the tutorial includes the agate printable for free.

Check out more amazing DIY ideas involving World Market products by visiting these lovely bloggers. I’ll be back tomorrow with my $100 backyard makeover that will hopefully get you inspired and ready for spring fun in the sun.

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10 Comments

  1. Domicile 37
    March 15, 2016 / 12:48 pm

    You always have the coolest, simple, and most beautiful tutorials! Love this idea!

    • Monica Benavidez
      March 16, 2016 / 1:26 am

      Thanks! I am a fan of simple and chic. (And cheap, too!) 🙂

  2. Stephanie -Casa Watkins
    March 15, 2016 / 9:45 pm

    So pretty!!! I always love your creativity! That paper is swoonworthy. Great post. Pinned and sharing!

    • Monica Benavidez
      March 16, 2016 / 1:26 am

      Thanks, Stephanie! <3

  3. Corinna | A Designer At Home
    March 16, 2016 / 1:01 am

    I cannot believe how cheap you hacked this one! It's gorgeous. I really love the colors.

    • Monica Benavidez
      March 16, 2016 / 1:27 am

      I totally lucked out at Dollar Tree. I need to go there more often.

  4. Prettypracticalhome
    March 16, 2016 / 3:15 pm

    You're the crafting queen, Monica! Would never guess this was a dollar store tray and I love how simple it is to make (the only kind of crafts I'm up for!). Well done!

  5. Rachael Bliefnick
    March 17, 2016 / 5:10 am

    $1 tray?!? Say whaaa!! Beautiful job with your creative craftiness – so chic!

  6. Kathy Baugher
    March 17, 2016 / 10:33 am

    Super cute and clever! Looks like a $4o tray!

  7. Brittany
    March 17, 2016 / 7:46 pm

    This is so smart, and I have to say I much prefer your color choice to the inspiration piece. A dollar exceedingly well spent!

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