Marble is so hot right now. It's totally classic and trendy at the same time and I want it on everything. But I don't really have any money to spend on it. So I thought to myself, “Self. How can you get that look for less?” And I'm real smart. Plus I have a raging addiction to Amazon which lead me to the best marble product ever. And I figured out how to make this DIY tray with a faux marble look. You know you want one too.
You know how it goes with the Dollar Section. You see something you think you might like, and have no real need for it, but you know you have to get it right then or when you actually do find a use for it, it will be gone and you'll be really sad and then you'll head in to the main part of the store to find something similar and you won't but you'll still somehow manage to spend $400 before you leave. Spend the dollar, friends. It's just good math. So I picked up this simple black wooden tray (similar) around Halloween. And wouldn't you know, it's the perfect base for my faux marble tray. I had heard of marble – look contact paper so I searched around on Amazon and found some adhesive marble paper. Add in a pair of scissors and an Exacto knife and you're all set to make your tray.
Measure the area where you want to place the marble in whatever method makes sense to you. I used a regular sheet of paper, laid it in the tray and creased it approximately where I should cut. Then I used that as a stencil for the contact paper. I laid the contact paper in the tray, with the adhesive still covered, and used the Exacto knife to trim it. Then I removed the baking and carefully, slowly stuck the paper to the tray. If you've moved a lot, like my family, you know how to do this with the greatest of ease. If not, go slow, lifting back up if you see bubbles and smooth out as you go. The paper is slightly coated, although I wouldn't call it waterproof, so it would work well for serving drinks or food or anything else as long as they don't get too messy. Just wipe it down with a slightly damp cloth to clean. (You guys! My mom took this photo! She did great, right?! Thank you, mom!)
Cute, right? I still have the rest of the roll left to make more projects with. I can't wait! I really like how this DIY tray came out. You can see this tray in use over on my bath salt favor bar post for Babyshower.com. Ok, off to brainstorm all the ways I can add this marble paper to the rest of my house. I wonder how many rolls it would take to cover my bathroom walls…
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