Thrift Store Tropical Tray

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This month’s thrift store makeover is this fun tropical tray! I took a cute white tray with some pretty scroll and floral details and decided to give it a tropical makeover. This makeover is super simple, you just need a tray with a smooth surface and some cute wrapping paper. My daughter and I found some cute tropical wrapping paper last year and I scooped it up. I wasn’t sure what I’d use it for, but I needed to have it. I think it turned a thrift store tray into such a cute piece!

Cute Tropical Tray using wallpaper on a thrift store tray.


Here is what I started with.

White thrift store tray

It’s a cute tray, but it’s ready for a fun tropical vibe!

Tropical Tray Makeover Supplies:

  • thrift store tray
  • tropical wrapping paper
  • decoupage
  • foam paintbrush

How to Decoupage a Tray

Cleaning up the tray was the first step. I just used warm water on a paper towel and gave it a good wipe down.

Thrift store tray and tropical wrapping paper.

I measured the base of the tray and cut out a piece of the wrapping paper to fit.

Cut out tropical wrapping paper for the base of the tray.

Then with my foam paintbrush, I spread decoupage all over the base of the tray. Then I carefully laid the wrapping paper on top. I started by lining up the top corners and slowly pressed down the rest.

Wrapping paper decoupaged to the base of a tray.

I used a credit card to smooth out the wrapping paper. You will see some wrinkles, but they smooth out as it dries. I let the base dry about 10-15 before decoupaging the top.

Decoupaging the top of the wrapping paper on the tray.

Give the top of the wrapping paper a nice even coat and then you just need to let it dry completely, depending on the temperature and humidity that can take 30 minutes to a couple of hours.

Tropical Tray made from wrapping paper and a thrift store tray.

So much tropical cuteness!!!!

Decoupage a thrift store tray to create this Tropical Tray so fun for the summer months!

Now the rest of the team has some fun thrift store makeovers for you to check out!

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A thrift store tray gets a cute makeover using some fun tropical wrapping paper.


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