One of the things that always makes my desk a million times messier is the small collection of knick knacks I have floating around. I’m talking coins, bobby pins, paper clips, lip balm and even my phone, which always seems to get in the way. My faux marble trinket tray tutorial is the perfect antidote for a desk cluttered with small things — and it looks pretty fancy too!
It’s safe to say that I’m pretty obsessed with this marble contact paper. It lets you cover any surface in seconds for that marble look without the price tag or added weight. This tray is made from balsa wood which is notoriously flimsy, so if you’re wanting yours to be sturdier consider doubling or even tripling the base layer. Also I hand painted my wood but without a doubt white spray paint will be significantly easier.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- Balsa wood pack: Two fat blocks, 12 thin (ice cream stick size) pieces and a wide base piece.
- White paint and a paint brush (or spray paint!)
- Hot glue gun
- Marble contact paper
HOW YOU MAKE IT:
- Start by cutting your pieces into the right sizes (the thin sticks that go around the edge may need to be trimmed and you should have to cut your balsa wood base to about a foot long — you want it to be the length of 2 of your sticks plus the width of the smaller sticks for when they’re made into the border.
- Paint your wood pieces and allow to dry completely (you may need to do multiple coats of paint).
- Cut your contact paper to the size of your base of wood. It is easiest to lay the wood on the paper side and trace around it, then cut just inside the lines.
- Remove the backing from your contact paper and stick onto the base. I find it is easiest to line it up first, remove the bottom 1 cm of backing and pull the paper out as you push the contact paper onto the wood. If you’re worried about bubbles use a pen to push them out.
- Use your hot glue gun to attach the base blocks to either end (obviously on the side that doesn’t have the contact paper).
- Stick your 12 sticks (4 of which should be cut shorter to make the the right width) around the outside of the top of your tray to create a lip and glue them down with the hot glue gun.
- Once dry, apply another coat of white paint around the edge to get any spots that you might have missed and to make the gaps less obvious.