Although you can never go wrong with a delicious home-cooked spread, trays are for more than just breakfast in bed. If you’ve got some wooden or metal trays taking up space in your cabinets, bust them out and give them new life with these pretty craft ideas.
A tray can add a little glitz to your vanity…and keep your cosmetics, candles and jewelry elegantly organized. Try this tutorial from Maureen Stevens for an Art Deco tray upgrade that has loads of Gatsby glamor.
Dads have accessories that need to be corralled, too! This custom valet tray (featuring kids’ artwork) is a perfect birthday present or Father’s Day gift. Get all the how-to instructions here.
A tray is integral to this mix-and-match plant display. Get all the DIY details and set your finished array on a shelf or windowsill for some color and interest.
A monogrammed tray makes a thoughtful hostess gift, or use one on a sideboard to hold glassware or silverware during a dinner buffet so guests can serve themselves.
Trays make surprisingly great wall decor, too! This oversized circular brass tray is so attractive over a gilded settee.
Which tray idea serves up the most style? And do you have any more genius uses for old trays? Tell us in the comments below!