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We all have at least one old frame laying around the house. Why not turn it into a stylish coffee table tray? Design your tray for your living room, entry way, craft room or bar. You pick the colors, paper and hardware – it's completely customizable! And, the best part: you can change out the paper to transform the design each season.


Project: DIY Coffee Table Trays

Level: Easy

Materials: Frame Paint Mod Podge Gloss Foam Brush 2 Kitchen Hardware Handles Cardboard Scrapbook Paper E6000 Glue or Super Glue


  1. Remove the back and glass from the frame. Set the glass to the side. If the back has a stand, trace a new back on a piece of cardboard. Discard the original back.
  2. Cut a piece of scrapbook paper to the size of the cardboard back you made in step 1.
  3. Using your paint and foam brush, apply a coat of paint on the front and sides of the frame. Wait 5-10 minutes in between coats. Apply additional coats of paint until you get your desired color.
  4. Once your paint has dried, apply two coats of Mod Podge Gloss, waiting 5 minutes in between coats. After the second coat, let the frame dry for 10 minutes.
  5. Replace glass, add decorative paper and the piece of cardboard you cut in step 1. Secure back of the frame.
  6. Attach the handles to the frame with E6000 glue. Let the handles dry for 30-45 minutes (or overnight, to be safe!) before using.