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Bright & Cheerful DIY Fabric Covered Tray

Have any old cookie sheets lying around? Instead of throwing them away, why not get more use out of them with this super simple DIY Fabric Covered Tray!

This bright and cheerful DIY Fabric Covered Tray is the perfect use for an old cookie tray. Simple and fun, it takes just minutes to make!

I’ve been wanting to do something with my old cookie sheet for several months now. I’ve gotten many years of use out of it, and hated to just throw it away. As it turns out, this bright and cheerful DIY Fabric Covered Tray is the perfect solution! And it was such a fun and easy project that I am kicking myself for not doing it sooner!

Ready to see how to make this bright and cheerful fabric covered tray?

DIY Fabric Covered Tray use it to serve drinks

How to make DIY Fabric Covered Tray

To make this DIY Fabric Covered Tray you will need:

  • old cookie sheet
  • Scotchgard™ Fabric & Upholstery Protector
  • brightly colored fabric
  • spray adhesive
  • scissors or pinking shears
  • plastic knife
  • Mod Podge (optional)
  • sponge brush to apply Mod Podge

DIY Fabric Covered Tray supplies

Directions to make the Fabric Covered Tray

Begin by cutting a piece of fabric large enough to cover the front of the tray and wrap around the back. When cutting, don’t forget to account for the dip around the edges.

DIY Fabric Covered Tray cut fabric to size

Next, cover the front of the tray with a light coat of spray adhesive. Carefully lay the fabric in place, smoothing out any wrinkles or air bubbles as you go. Make sure to get the top edge and outer sides of the pan as well, wrapping the fabric around, pulling tight and smoothing into place.

DIY Fabric Covered Tray smooth fabric onto adhesive

Now that the front is done, it’s time for the corners and the back. Flip the pan over, and trim away any excess fabric on bottom. Coat the bottom of the pan with spray adhesive, and then smooth the fabric in place. Don’t worry if the edges of fabric don’t meet. You can always measure and cut another piece of fabric to cover the entire bottom, or even glue some felt on to make your tray slip-proof.

DIY Fabric Covered Tray trim excess fabric

For me, the hardest part of this project was the corners. While there are plenty of ways you can do this, I chose to fold them like you would with wrapping paper. Figure out which way works best for you. You may have to cut excess fabric; I did. Use the adhesive to glue the corners down.

DIY Fabric Covered Tray fold corners

Although this next step is optional, I chose to apply a bit of Mod Podge to the back side and the corners for a little extra stick. It worked perfectly! After applying, let dry completely.

DIY Fabric Covered Tray add Mod Podge

Now, there is one more important step to do – protect the fabric from accidental spills and stains by giving it the full Scotchgard™ Upholstery & Fabric Protector treatment.

DIY Fabric Covered Tray In Store photo

You can use it to protect your furniture and almost any fabric that is in your home. Curtains, furniture, backpacks, clothes, table clothes and throw pillows are just a few of the items you can use it for. It blocks stains and doesn’t change the look or feel of the fabric.

How to Use Scotchgard Fabric Protector

To use Scotchgard™ Fabric Protector, you first want to protect any non-fabric materials from any over-spray (if it does get on any hard surfaces such as wood or plastic, simply wipe it off before it dries.). I used a large piece of cardboard. Shake the can well, then do a spot test on a hidden area by spraying until wet, then wiping vigorously with a white absorbent cloth. If no color comes off, you are good to go!

Treat with Scotchgard DIY Fabric Covered Tray

Treat the fabric by spraying about 6″ from the surface with slow, overlapping sweeping motions. Give the first coat a few minutes to dry, then add a second coat. Two light coats are better than one heavy coating. Allow it to dry completely before using your new tray, and remember to reapply seasonally or every couple of months if your tray is frequently used.

DIY Fabric Covered Tray finished

And that’s it! Now you have a fun Spring tray that can be used for serving drinks and snacks, as decor or even for a relaxing breakfast in bed!

This bright and cheerful DIY Fabric Covered Tray is the perfect use for an old cookie tray. Simple and fun, it takes just minutes to make, and is great for serving drinks and snacks, as decor or even for serving breakfast in bed!

What will you use your DIY Fabric Covered Tray for? Share your ideas in the comments below!

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Saturday 1st of July 2017

Oh what a cool idea. I couldn't even tell that this is a DIY tray, good job.

xx, Kusum |

Alaina Bullock

Wednesday 12th of July 2017

Awesome - thank you! I was hoping it'd look like it was bought that way!


Tuesday 27th of June 2017

Finally, a craft I won't mess up! lol this is easy and cute, and I love that you're repurposing a cookie sheet. I bake a lot of cookies and constantly replace my sheets.

Jennifer Rollins

Monday 26th of June 2017

I love this idea! It is such a cute and affordable way to add a decoration!

Alaina Bullock

Monday 26th of June 2017

Thank you! Yes, I totally agree - fun and inexpensive!

Claire Santiago

Saturday 24th of June 2017

Wow, that looks so nice! You gave me an idea on what to do with my old trays. Instead of throwing them away, I think I should learn to DIY.; so that I don't have to buy a new one but I can have a new one hehe

Alaina Bullock

Sunday 25th of June 2017

That's actually one of the reasons I started crafting and DIY, that and because it is fun and a great way to relieve stress! Let me know if you make one. I;d love to hear how it comes out!


Saturday 24th of June 2017

What a neat idea, especially useful once the old one gets replaced with new ones. :)

Alaina Bullock

Sunday 25th of June 2017

Thank you! Yes, it is so much better than throwing them away!

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