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Decorative Tray

A standard baker's tray becomes a vibrant decorative piece with this easy how-to.




The tray is featured in decorating editor Rebecca Robertson's Eclectic Modern Room.


  • 1 yard decorative fabric
  • Aluminum rimmed baking sheet
  • Spray adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Synthetic felt
  • 1/4-inch-thick acrylic sheet cut to fit inside of tray, with corners rounded


  1. Step 1

    Cut fabric large enough to cover the front and wrap around the back of the baking tray. Cover the front of the tray with spray adhesive.

  2. Step 2

    Place fabric on tray so pattern is aligned, leaving enough room to wrap fabric around all sides to the back. Smooth fabric onto tray, pressing out any bubbles.

  3. Step 3

    Pull any extra material into corner and push around the edge. Turn tray over. Cover the back of the tray with spray adhesive.

  4. Step 4

    Press the fabric over two edges of the tray first, then fold in on each remaining side, as if wrapping a gift. Trim any excess fabric with scissors. Use fabric glue to secure, if needed.

  5. Step 5

    Cut a piece of felt to fit the back of the tray and conceal fabric edges. Smooth felt on the back the tray.

  6. Step 6

    Place acrylic sheet in center of tray.

The Martha Stewart Show, December 2010



Reviews (9)

  • OfcrWife 18 Sep, 2012

    I like the idea and the tray is really cute. My concern is how do you clean it?

  • rena73112 2 Nov, 2011

    I love the idea of the video on how to make your project but Martha talked over the girl who was showing how to do it and steps were skipped and she was hard to understand. I like Martha but if she's going to have someone show us something than let her speak. Please!!! I really wanted to know how to do it.

  • Shinshan 21 Mar, 2011

    @Peppemintpatty ~ I love your idea! I do that with recycled mirrors and create a clear layer over the photos with mod podge! It's so easy to work with. Also, I bet places like The Goodwill would have inexpensive reusable baking sheets. Much more sustainable, I think. :)

  • peppemintpatty 8 Feb, 2011

    I think I'm going to see if I can use a solid color for background...put photos under the acrylic and glue acrylic on corners...use as a gift for family members of 'special' photos.

  • cherryl22 8 Feb, 2011

    I am going to use spray paint, then tape and put another color. What fun!

  • mmmmom 8 Feb, 2011

    You could also use contact paper, which comes in many different patterns and colors.

  • TomKatStudio 8 Feb, 2011

    I LOVE this idea! It would be perfect for displaying desserts on a dessert table to match the theme of the party! Thank you for a great idea, MSLO!

  • SKMisery 15 Dec, 2010

    You could also use wallpaper, that way you don't have to put the acrylic or a piece of glass on it. The wallpaper will wipe clean with a damp cloth.

  • SKMisery 15 Dec, 2010

    I LOVE this idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I never would have thought of using old cookie sheets like this. Now I don't ever have to throw out another cookie sheet, and I go through alot of them. Thank you so much Martha and Rebecca!!!!!!!! :) P.S. I never miss a show, and I am also on your website daily. I love all of the ideas you and your workers come up with!!!! I also am a faithful subscriber to MSL. Thank you again, Kim