Hey there! It has been a full week filled with a bunch of good DIYs I have coming soon for you all. I have been busy doing them which hasn’t given me that much time for writing. Naptime is only so long! Here is a fantastic an easy DIY lucite gold tray for under $15. Seriously, took me 15 minutes! If you want the printable directions to this project, and tons more, go to my Free Printable Library! Simply click the button below. It will take you to a page where you can subscribe to my newsletter and then print out a pdf.
Furbish’s Lucite Geo Tray (no longer available online) $70. Obviously a bit more substantial but I like my version bettr. I don’t worry about it scratching or kids getting into it!
The first one is a tray that inspired me from Furbish, it is sadly no longer available but I knew I could make something similar for cheap. Nate Berkus’s gold tray is still available for a similar aesthetic for $35, or you can make your own for under $15! Seriously, I am no crafter and the last art class I took was in eighth grade (I always filled the req’s by taking art history classes), and this was so easy!
I started with, a large piece of thick white paper from a drawing pad, a ruler, and a gold paint pen, and an empty lucite tray–I ordered a lucite frame from Amazon and just took out the cardboard and used it as a tray–something that Camilla taught me!
Next I traced the cardboard box’s outline onto the sheet of paper so I knew the exact inside dimensions.
Then I just started drawing with gold lines on the ruler. I started at one corner and moved right. There wasn’t any pattern of forethought I just eyeballed it and tried to create enough visual interest and balance. Sorry there aren’t more progress photos. I was on the phone and forgot to take them. You can gauge from that, just that how complicated this was 😉
I added more and more detail once I had the large pattern mapped out.
When I was finished, I took it over to my mother-in-law’s art studio and cut a piece of acetate. But if you wanted to get it laminated that would work too. The purpose of the acetate is just to make it scratch resistant and somewhat water-resistant. I didn’t plan on serving drinks on this tray, just for something to corral desk supplies.
You can see that the finished project isn’t perfect–the lucite frame/ tray had a slight imperfection but it wasn’t worth returning. The acetate settled down with just the weight of the accessories. And the gold is actually darker than it appears–I didn’t have the best lighting and I had to increase the exposure while editing them. #amateurphotographer
Nevertheless, in under 30 minutes and under $15, I had a super cute container for my fancy desk accessories!
What do you think? Do you like to diy to save a few bucks here and there? I find it is a great way to save money on what are probably design trends.