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September 4, 2013

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Make a Chic Tray from a Cookie Sheet

Madigan made… an easy gold, white and plaid tray.

Turn a cookie sheet into a tray. Use washi tape to create a plaid pattern. Easy step-by-step tutorial.

I’ve been on a gold kick lately. And apparently a tray kick, too. Hey, well all go through our creative phases, right?

My affinity for gold may have to do with the upcoming season, too. I think I’m drawn to gold tones as the fall approaches. There is something about warm metallic hues… they glow, they have warmth and they shine a little. Those are all qualities I want around me as the weather turns cooler and the days grow shorter.

When I was at the Dollar Tree recently I picked up a metal baking pan, thinking I could decorate it for my autumn decor. Making a tray out of a cookie sheet is not a new idea…  and I decided to go with gold and white hues. I figured that combo (and a neutral plaid) will transition nicely from fall into winter.

Make a pretty tray from a cookie sheet. Step-by-step tutorial.

Want to see how to make it?

Turn a Baking Sheet into a Pretty Tray

Supplies Used:

(NOTE: Some of the supplies in this list were given to me complimentary for prior projects. The links in this list are affiliate links & I may earn a small commission off purchases made via those links. Thanks for your support!)

Instructions:

Spray the bottom of your sheet pan with several light coats of paint. After that has dried, flip it over and paint the top of the tray.

make a cookie sheet into a tray

Once the paint has dried and cured, use a little gold wax and apply it to the top edges of the tray. A little goes a long way with that stuff. Apply it, then rub it in to buff the surface. I used a rag to apply/buff mine.

apply gold wax to edges of tray

Apply strips of washi tape to the tray in an off-centered plaid pattern. (or a pattern of your choice) Lay the tape down and very carefully score/cut the tape along the edge of the tray. Be careful not to scratch the paint underneath.

Tray idea from a cookie sheet and washi tape

To protect the tray surface and the washi tape, I applied a coat of Mod Podge Super Gloss. As you can infer, it gives surfaces a super shiny coat. It is thick and protective and a great choice for sealing furniture and other decorative items. I brushed a coat of it onto the surface of the tray, being careful not to overwork the thick liquid. Once the material is dry and it cures for 4 weeks, it can be wiped down with a damp cloth. And it is super duper shiny and dramatic!

For added protection I attached stick-on, cabinet bumpers to each corner underneath, too.

This tray is going to come in handy. I love the simple plaid detail. Something about the bold pattern and gold edging makes this tray feel a wee bit mod or retro, don’t you think?

baking sheet tray craft idea

This was such an easy idea… I don’t know why I haven’t made a tray like this sooner. You can count on seeing more baking sheet trays in my future! (And probably more gold projects… especially this season!)