{create} diy paper mache tray

Happy friday friends! Well, this week sort kicked my behind -- sooooo busy! So today I thought I'd share with you a quick DIY using paper mache! Did you ever do crafts with paper mache when you were a kid? I remember making this paper mache bead necklace when I was younger. It was all bright colored and crazy. I sort of wish I still had it :).

Last week when I set up my Thanksgiving table, I created a paper mache tray to use as a centerpiece. It's one of those great items that I can see traveling around our house. It was gorgeous as the centerpiece, above, and it looks great on our mantle, top photo.

I think it would also make a great corral for keys, phones, etc.

Paper mache is pretty much impossible to mess up, but above is a photo step-by-step. I started with a piece of wood, lots of newspaper and modge podge. I wrapped the wood with foil, because I was worried about the modge podge sticking to the wood and it worked great. The foil separated from the newspaper perfectly. Then I cut up strips of newspaper and started gluing them layer by layer to the foil-wrapped wood. I glued the first layer, let it dry for about 15 minutes and then kept adding layers until I was happy. I think I ended up with about 10. I let it dry overnight and then popped it off the wood. I trimmed the sides with scissors and painted the inside gold and the outside blue. Done! :)

I love quick, easy and inexpensive diy projects, don't you? :)

Have you ever created something with paper mache?

Have a great weekend friends!

**Update! I'm linking this post up to Beneath My Heart's November link party! 


  1. I don't think I have ever paper mache'd anything... Crazy! But it seems to be so simple. Great little tray- I love it : )

  2. Ooh...this sounds like a good craft to do with my boys--rip, glue, and paint! Plus, you have a cute tray in the end. What kind of paint did you use? I'm lovin' that gold inside.

    1. Kat, it would be a great project for them! For the inside I used gold craft paint and on the outside I just used a sample pot of wall paint that I had on hand :)

  3. Fun project, love the gold in the inside too. Now to find the time.... for now I will pin it so I can try it in January!

  4. You do amazing work! Good job friend! Happy weekend!

  5. I am in love with this project. I'm with Cathy...pinning for later!

  6. I need to do this, like, right now! Brilliant! Why don't I paper mache everything?


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