10.25.2010

From the scrap pile

Last Monday I posted about a paper mache tray I was working on without having actually finished the project.  I was a little nervous that it would not turn out how I hoped, but all my nerves were calmed when I finished the last coat of lacquer and was left with a beautiful tray for my nightstand. 

To re-cap this is what I started out with

a pile of scrap computer paper cut up in strips, ready to get my paper mache on.

And this is what I had when I finished

the perfect size tray to hold lip balm and other odds and ends next to my bed

I decided to paint the inside gold - to give it a smooth look I gave it a few coats
(which is why this project took awhile, I let each coat of paint dry 24 hours)


The outside of the tray got a coat (or 5) of light turquoise paint.


After letting the whole thing dry for 24 hours,  it got a few coats of my favorite Rustoleum Clear Lacquer spray paint. 

After waiting for it to dry again, it was ready to use!


You really can turn trash into treasure with a little creativity, some glue & paint, and of course time.  


This was such a fun project I'm wondering what else I can make with some strips of scrap paper.


Hope you all had a lovely weekend!

58 comments:

pve design said...

how about a cup or a bowl?
love the tray!
pve

pve design said...

would you ever consider something like this in a tutorial video or a giveaway? i love it....and feel inspired to make something....with papier mache.
pve

Ms. Bright said...

It's soooo pretty! I would love a tutorial!! I'm dying for a good craft!

Rene said...

Beautiful! Oh I love this idea! BTW, I those same tortoiseshell bangles.

-Rene

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

That is simply fabulous!! Love the color combo...Janell

Jenny at LGN said...

Lindsey! Your little tray looks so expensive! What a great project! Perfection on the color choice.

Katie @ Noodle and Boof said...

That is AWESOME! Love the turquoise and gold!

Emily said...

you are awesome. seriously, SO cute. i may need to try this for my new bedside table!!

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

This turned out beautifully.
Bravo, Alcira

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Ludmila {creamylife.com} said...

Love how your tray looks, very chic! xo

Katie @ Katie Beth Interiors said...

super super cute, I keep a little ice cream dish next to my bed for the same purpose :)

Brooke @ Blueprint Bliss said...

It looks so great. I'm amazed!

TWA said...

I love this idea, thank you so much for sharing, I have been dying for the perfect little (& inexpensive) nightstand tray, cant wait to try this!

Fran said...

So chic! Love the colors!

Design Esquire said...

WOW! That's amazing. I love the colors you chose. It looks like your hard work (and time) were rewarded!

Ari- Audrey Onassis said...

awesome project! thanks for sharing.

xo.

emily @ the happy home said...

so cute! i love the color combination. how did you get it so smooth?

EJR said...

I love it!

Laura@JourneyChic said...

It turned out great! I love the gold/turquoise combo.

carlee said...

holy smokes! this looks incredible!

Ashley @ A {Blondes} DIY Life said...

Very Chic! love the gold!

Pudel-design said...

Oh you can make a bowl, a lamp...
Sooo many different projects in mind;)
This one looks veery cute.
Nice job girl,
please come and visit my blog:

http://pudel-design.blogspot.com/

Lovely greetings...

beki said...

gorgeous!

North of 25A said...

You turned those scraps of paper into that tray? Impressive. I think I would need a little more than a tutorial...maybe someone to do it with me? Lovely.
Best,
Colleen

SHERRY HART said...

The color combo is awesome!!! Love it!

Kate {domestikatedlife} said...

Love the metallic you went with -- it came out great!

boops said...

brilliant! and i'm totally stealing your idea. HA!

Megan said...

Love your tortoise bracelets, I have some too! Great DIY; you're blowing me away with your tray skills!

for the love of a house said...

wow! that turned out beautifully! I think you should sell them on etsy! love the gold interior!

joan

sarah, flourish design + style said...

Oh my gosh!!!!!!!!! Can you please start making these and selling them? I would die for a gold and cream one.. please :) :) :) xo

Rhiannon Nicole said...

GORGEOUS!!! I can't believe how pretty it is :) Way to go!!

Hello Lover... said...

You just may be the queen of trays!

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Yes, yes, YES! I think a full tutorial is in store - I. LOVE. IT!!

Navy Bean said...

It's absolutely gorgeous and looks very expensive! Thank you for the inspiration. Love the color combination too!

sarah, flourish design + style said...

So! Are they in the etsy shop yet?!?! :) I could start my christmas shopping!!!

Erika at BluLabel Bungalow said...

Wow, this turned out beautifully. It's like art class for adults.

Added bonus, you used recycled paper! Good for you!

Erika at BluLabel Bungalow said...

I just went back to the original post and saw this used to be a takeout tray! Now, I'm REALLY impressed. Who would've thought it would looks so good!

LindsB said...

Patricia, anything for you!! I need to make another one and work on a tutorial since so many of you asked :)

Lauren said...

I looove how this turned out!!

thelonelywifeproject said...

Gorgeous! Would you believe it if I told you I have those exact same bracelets and lip salve. Identical!

Amy R. said...

This such a lovely little tray. I adore the gold:)

Amy R.

paula said...

you are brilliant. I want one :)

LLH Designs said...

Just this very day I was trimming a stationery order and thought, "Wonder what I could make with these little scraps?" I didn't have any clever ideas, so they landed in the recycling bin, but i should send them to you so you can make bunches of these and sell one to me! ;)

Mrs. Limestone said...

Ive already told you I loved this project but just wanted to drop by to tell you I featured it on my blog today. Thanks again for genius idea.

Anonymous said...

Great tray but I would have liked to see the steps you went through to form it.

2 Hounds Design said...

What a clever lady you are!

*bisous*
Dane

Tara said...

Very pretty! I have wanted to take a class at PaperSource that does this to make little bowls- but it looks like I could figure it out based on the steps you have shown - awesome!

Katy said...

The tray is beautiful!
Could you please post a list of the items you used to make it? Brand names and all. I am a non-crafty person but I'd love to attempt this, if I could find the right products.
Thanks!

Rachel said...

That tray is BRILLIANT. Good on you for figuring it out. Please, please, pretty please do a tutorial on how to make one? I pretty much NEED to make this before the holidays... or could you sell them in that exact color combo so I can buy it from you? :) Also, LOVE the light blue paint. Do you mind sharing the color? Sorry to poach all your good ideas - they're just too amazing not to share! Thanks for the pix! :)

No.35style said...

darling! is that pretty blue a spray paint...please say yes...

ElleX said...

Sooo cute and ingenius!!! (found you via Adventures in Renovating a Brooklynn Limestone).

sara said...

you are so bloody brilliant! i've never thought a school project could produce something that looks like that. amazing! and i love the aqua and gold. looks so luxurious! i hope you don't mind me putting on my blog/ inspiration board. give me a shout if you want me to remove ya.

Julie B. said...

Oh, thank you for planning a tutorial! I will totally make some of these...amazing color choices !!

Cristin said...

Love it! You are brilliant... the colors are perfect.

xo,
cristin

Saara @ GEORGE Interior Design said...

love this and LOVE the gold & turquoise. Do you mind telling me how you got the edges so perfectly straight and the same height? Also, what gold paint did you use?

Thanks!!!

eddieross said...

Wow! How chic! Love the gold! It really looks expensive! The perfect un-crafty craft!

E + J

Malia said...

Love this idea! Did you spray paint it? Where did you find that light turquoise paint? it's gorgeous!

Malia said...

Just found your blog and I love it! Did you spray paint the tray? Where did you find that great light turquoise paint? It's beautiful! and just the color I'm looking for.