Make decorative trays from thrifted art and frames found at Goodwill San Antonio.  A fun way to make your own home decor on a budget!

I love to make my own home decor.  Not only to I get to be creative, I also get to save money, upcycle thrifted items, and decorate my home!  I like having decorative trays to set on counters, side tables, and to use as part of centerpieces, so today I’m going to show you how I turn thrifted art into decorative trays.
turn a frame into a tray

I used bits and pieces from Goodwill San Antonio to make this beautiful bird tray.  I love the way it looks on my coffee table!

Supplies used to make the bird tray:

  • Frame (11 x14)
  • Drawer Pulls
  • Glue
  • Spray Paint
  • Scrapbook paper

step 1Step one:  Glue the handles onto the sides of the frames.  I have a giant bag of drawer pulls that I bought at Goodwill San Antonio.  I like to use E-6000 with a bit of hot glue to hold the drawer pulls in place while the glue sets.

step 2Step two:  Remove the glass and backing and spray paint the frame and handles.  I used a black hammered paint finish.

Step three:  Measure and cut decorative paper to fit the glass. I used this pretty patterned paper with a bird on it, but you can also use fabric, thrifted cloth napkins, or wall paper as well.

make a tray from a frame

After the paint has dried, place the glass and paper back in the frame.  This pretty tray can be changed whenever you want by switching out the paper behind the glass.  I painted an old cafettiera (espresso maker)  to match the tray, and filled it with flowers.  They look great together! I love when I am able to  combine several outdated items that were destined for the trash to make pretty home decor.


If you don’t want to have glass on your tray, you can also use wood art from Goodwill.  That’s what I did for this tray project that i created for Goodwill’s anniversary event.  This entire piece is made with thrifted finds.

tray made with goodwill items

First I glued on the handles (from the same bag I mentioned earlier in this post).  I covered the artwork with painters tape and then spray painted the rest of the board and the handles.

Finally, I added fun flowers to the teapot and saucer to make a colorful focal point.  To see the other centerpieces I made with thrifted items for the Goodwill anniversary celebration, click HERE.

centerpieces made with items from Goodwill

Have fun repurposing and creating!

This is a sponsored post but all ideas and opinions are my own.



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