Make a Coastal Drink Tray using items from Dollar Tree. You can pick up most of the items you’ll need at the dollar store to make a drink tray that’s great for summer entertaining.
It’s easy to turn a plain cylinder tray into pretty coastal decor using rope and fabric.
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If you’re like me, you can’t have too many trays. I love finding old trays at thrift stores and giving them new life. I shared a Tray Makeover with a Fabric Insert a few months ago that was both inexpensive and easy to put together. When I spotted an unfinished round tray at Dollar Tree recently, I thought it would be a good item to use for a coastal tray.
Coastal Tray with Dollar Store Items
To make this, in addition to the tray, you’ll need fabric, rope, shells, a glass round, fabric, and Mod Podge. Gather your supplies and follow this simple tutorial to make your own tray.
If you shop at Dollar Tree frequently then you know that the store now has items that they label as “plus” items. These range in price from $2 to $5. It’s still a bargain and it works for budget friendly craft ideas.
For the insert, I used a round glass cutting board. I wouldn’t have thought of this as a cutting board, but that’s what the label says.
To get started, use the board as a guide to cut a piece of fabric just a little larger than the board. Give the glass a coat of Mod Podge using a sponge applicator. Make sure to get any air bubbles out of the fabric. A ruler works well to do that. Using fabric scissors, trim off the excess fabric all around the glass board. Finally, give the fabric a light coat of Mod Podge to protect it.
After the Mod Podge has had time to dry, use a hot glue gun to attach a rope edge around the glass circle.
Set the fabric covered insert aside and work on the tray. I used more rope to dress it up. Starting with a line of hot glue, press the rope onto the side of the tray.
Continue adding hot glue as you wrap the rope all the way around the tray. You won’t need to hot glue the rope in every spot, just enough to make sure that it’s secure and doesn’t slip.
Covering the spot on the tray where the rope ends meet is easy by using a sea shell. Add some hot glue to the back of the shell and hold it in place over the rope until it’s secure.
Use some small sea shells to add more coastal flair to the tray. I spaced six of them out around the tray, hot gluing each one in place.
The final step is optional, but I like the finished look it gives. Use small finials as feet for the tray to add some height.
Flip the tray upside down and measure about one inch from the rim. Make small marks on the spots for the finials with a pencil. Use Gorilla glue or some type of wood glue to adhere the finials to the bottom of the tray.
Place the fabric covered insert inside of the tray and it’s ready to use for your next spring or summer get together.
The aqua glasses are Dollar Tree purchases from a few years ago. They go perfectly with the colors of the fabric I used for the insert.
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Dollar Tree DIY Drink Tray
Supply List for Coastal Tray DIY
- Unfinished Round Tray – Dollar Tree
- Round Glass Cutting Board – Dollar Tree
- Rope – Dollar Tree
- Shells – Dollar Tree
- Mod Podge
- Small Unfinished Wood Finials
- Hot Glue
- Gorilla Glue
- Teal Glasses -Dollar Tree
Each month, a group of craft, home décor, and recipe bloggers co-host a themed blog hop. This month, we’re all sharing dollar store crafts.
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Beverly shares easy, inexpensive craft tutorials, diy projects for the home, coastal decor projects, & thrift store find makeover projects all designed to help you create a beautiful home on a budget.