DIY Valentine’s Day Decoupage Trays


Maybe this will surprise you, but I’m not the world’s craftiest blogger.


Usually when I find myself making things it’s as a means to an end.  Like when I can’t find a specific something I’m looking for, or I can find it, and it’s particularly pricey.


But the cabin fever of January tends to bring out the crafty in me.


For a long time, I’ve been crushing on decoupage glass plates like these:

Ben's Garden 'vintage Italy' Decorative Glass Tray

johnderiantraysJohn Derian for Neiman Marcus

John Derian for Neiman Marcus

But these run from $50-$100 apiece.  Yikes.


I always wondered how hard it would be to make something similar.  So, with Valentine’s Day coming up, I decided to give it a try.


decoupage plate supplies

Here’s what I used to make mine:

  • Foam brushes
  • glass plates
  • scrapbook paper
  • Mod Podge
  • craft paint
  • felt
  • gold craft glue
  • scissors
  • Plastic pot scraper
  • Small paint brush


Unfortunately, I was only able to find square glass plates where I looked.  (Which was everywhere.)  I may look online for something rectangular if I make these again in the future, but the square ones I finally found at World Market for $2.49 each are really fine.


Here’s the drill:

  1. First I removed the price sticker from the plates and washed and dried them well.
  2. Then I cut the paper to fit the plate with just a little bit of overhang, about 1/4″ or so.
  3. Next I poured a little of the Mod Podge into a container, and used the foam brush to coat the printed side of the paper with Mod Podge.
  4. I then laid the coated paper over the underside of the glass plate, positioned it, and coated the back side of the paper with more Mod Podge.
  5. The tricky part was the next step, which was to smooth the paper carefully, removing excess Mod Podge and any bubbles between the paper and glass.  I used my fingers, and a plastic pot scraper, starting from the middle of the plate and working out to the edges.  (If too much Mod Podge or air are left, there will be shiny spots once it dries.  If that does happen though, you can just soak the whole thing in hot water and start over with a new piece of paper.)
  6. Once I removed the excess glue and air bubbles, I let it dry for a few minutes, trimmed off any excess paper, and applied two more coats of Mod Podge, letting it dry for a few minutes between coats.
  7. Once the plates were thoroughly dry, I cleaned the fronts (they had a ton of Mod Podge on them from my sticky fingers!), and painted the bottoms with metallic gold craft paint.  (Actually, I only painted some.  Others looked find without it.)
  8. Last, I added felt to the bottoms of the plates.


And here they are:

decoupage glass plate

decoupage Valentine plate


Valentine glass tray


decoupage glass trays



decoupage glass plates

I love, love how these turned out! They’re not exactly like the super expensive ones, but they are really pretty, and great for containing spare change or jewelry, or holding a candle or candy, as demonstrated above.  I’ll keep one, and give the rest away as little Valentine gifts for some of my favorite people.


And now my craving for crafting is kinda over for a while!


I’ll be back tomorrow with an awesome Recipe of the Week from our Superbowl celebration yesterday . . . did you watch?


Linking up to the Love It Link Party at Our Fifth House, and

Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch.

I want to know what you’re crushing on. I love your comments and try to reply to them all, so keep ‘em coming!

  • Pam Acton February 4, 2013, 5:37 pm


  • Kellee February 4, 2013, 6:08 pm

    I love these! Very impressed, indeed, Kerry!

  • Ronni February 4, 2013, 9:43 pm

    I’ll be waiting!

    • Kerry February 5, 2013, 12:50 am

      You know you ARE one of my favorites!

  • carmel February 6, 2013, 10:28 pm

    These are so fun!

    • Kerry February 6, 2013, 11:22 pm

      Thank you! They were fun to make!