I can never have enough trays in my home. I use them in my kitchen to corral my tea, coffee and sugar storage, in my dining room to display pretty vintage glassware, on my coffee table to show off candles and plants and in the bedroom to store my everyday jewellery.

While you can certainly purchase trays with various patterns and finishes, I wanted to create one with a bold graphic pattern in my favourite finish – gold. I chose a plain white plastic tray for under a tenner but after its makeover, I think it looks a lot more expensive!

Of course, you can try this with any colour sticky back plastic you like or even a patterned washi tape – it’s incredibly versatile to fit your style, whatever your décor. Check out my tutorial below and see what you come up with!


Here's What You'll Need...

  • Gold metallic sticky back plastic
  • A plain plastic tray
  • Scissors (or a craft knife)
  • Cutting Mat
  • Washi Tape
  • A fabric tape measure

DIY Graphic Gold Pattern Tray materials

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Here's How It's Done...

  • 1

    Measure the longest length from one end of your tray to another, wrapping the fabric measuring tape around the edges so that the tape starts and ends underneath the tray. This will be the longest length your strips will be to enable the tape to wrap from one end to the other.

    DIY Graphic Gold Pattern Tray Step 1

  • 2

    Using that measurement, unroll the sticky back plastic to about 10mm over that length and cut. Stick down the edges of the paper with washi tape, making sure the paper backing is facing upwards. The washi tape will help keep the paper in place so it doesn’t roll up when you are cutting.

    DIY Graphic Gold Pattern Tray Step 2

  • 3

    Starting from one end of the paper, start cutting thin strips into the sticky back plastic, varying the widths as you go and leaving the top intact. You can ‘freehand’ this part as I did with the scissors or if you want your strips to be perfectly even, then use a craft knife with a straight edge, making sure to press down hard to cut both the backing paper as well as the sticky back plastic beneath it.

    Use the centimetre measurements lines to guide you as you cut. I cut about 10 strips at 5mm and 10mm widths for my tray.

    DIY Graphic Gold Pattern Tray Step 3

  • 4

    Cut each strip off as you go, removing the backing paper, and begin from the middle of the strip, pressing and smoothing it down from the middle of the tray outwards.

    DIY Graphic Gold Pattern Tray Step 4b

    Make sure the tape is flush against the corners (I used my nail to press it into place) and allow the paper to wrap over the edges and underneath the tray. Don’t worry about the excess strip under the tray, we’ll take care of that later!

    DIY Graphic Gold Pattern Tray Step 4c


  • 5

    Repeat for the rest of your strips, layering each and smoothing each piece as you go until you feel the pattern is complete. If you place down a strip and decide you don’t like its position, simply peel it back up and re-stick! There’s no right or wrong here, just let your eye be your guide!

    I chose to use a few shorter strips as well, joining the lines as I went. Simply measure the size you need and cut the strip to fit into place.

    DIY Graphic Gold Pattern Tray Step 5


  • 6

    When you are happy with your pattern, flip the tray over and trim the excess tape from the bottom.

    DIY Graphic Gold Pattern Tray Step 6

  • 7

    That’s it! Your tray is now complete! Why not show off your creation to a loved one by making them a nice cuppa and a few biscuits served on your lovely new tray?

    DIY Graphic Gold Pattern Tray Step 7


By Kimberly Duran on 16.09.16

Guest Contributor

3 responses to “DIY Gold Graphic Pattern Tray”

  1. Pauline says:

    That looks so good. I love how easy you have made it look. a really good idea xx

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