7.08.2016

Copper Marble Tray DIY

rose gold tray diy

Sometimes good things come to those who wait. In early 2015, I started making these marble trays for my friends and family, and even using them for blog backgrounds. Last week, several of you noticed one of the trays in a pic (finally!) and asked for a tutorial! It made my day, y'all!


As is typical with my craft DIY ideas, I'll see something for sale online that's ridiculously priced and will make it myself (like my Press for Champagne or these bracelets). I get this from my late Great Granny Sugar who always encouraged me to make something I wanted myself. Such is the case here. Look at how much these cost:

$290! $187! Forget it. My version can be made for under $20--even cheaper if you don't have to paint anything. While I've made these in different ways, today I am recreating the one in my Instagram pic that was requested. Here's how to make it:

diy marble tray






You'll need:
  • marble slab/marble tile/something that looks marble--I used a porcelain tile here that was 12x24
  • 2 drawer pulls
  • 4 copper caps
  • Epoxy
  • E600
  • Ruler, marker
  • Optional: copper spray paint, copper leaf pen, felt, copper caps
    • You can purchase these items at a hardware store or online.
copper pulls rose gold


Spray paint (if needed) drawer/cabinet pulls in a well-ventilated area. Allow to dry fully.

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While those are drying, attach tray feet to bottom of tray. I used E6000. Use whatever you would like for the feet. I wanted some height on this tray so my feet are raised. You can attached a copper cap or felt, so it won't scratch the surface of whatever your tray is resting on.

diy marble tray



Using a ruler, mark where you'd like the handles to go. In a very well-ventilated area, mix and apply the expoxy to the handles to attach them. Let it set for an hour. I prefer overnight just to be sure.

marble copper tray diy pineapple
As an extra step, use the copper leafing pen to fill in the edges, as seen in the pic above, and demonstrated in the video below. This dries in about 10 minutes. And that's it! By the way, the pineapple was inspired by one that was $185. I got this one for $14.99 at Target (it's a candle) and painted it copper.

marble copper tray diy

I am obsessed with trays--I'm dead serious--I collect them. I even put trays on my trays. I use them for all sorts of things and as mentioned in the beginning, they make fab gifts.

marble copper tray diy coffe cup missoni peony

I want to note that while I figured this diy tray out on my own, there are plenty of other tutorials out there that make them in different ways. Now, who wouldn't love some morning coffee on a tray like this?

marble copper tray diy
Charlie wants you to watch the video below I made--it's only 3 minutes! Look at that face!! He makes at cameo at the end. Check it out below:


Do you DIY?

Extra Elle:
  • I finally found peonies at Trader Joes and bought them out--some of them are in the top pic of this post. They're my fave.
  • Short work today for me. I can get used to these holiday short work weeks! Have a great weekend!

51 comments:

  1. I wanted to do this DIY, but my parents actually bought me a tray for my birthday! Love the handles you used! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  2. I made the same one, just a little smaller for a perfume tray. I made a few for gifts too and the receivers loved them! So much cheaper then spending hundreds of dollars!

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  3. Your tray is so pretty! I've made trays from old picture frames but now I'm going to have to make a marble one! Your video turned out great - love the Charlie outake!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  4. YES!! Thank you SO much for sharing this! I will have to give this a try...I have been on the hunt for something that is close to this for awhile now. I always thought you had marble counter tops or maybe used contact paper like others do. Will be checking out this video ASAP!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

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  5. Awesome DIY! I am so into trays as well. Perfect for gifts and your pooch is so adorable!

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.com

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  6. I love that you're amassing a tray collection - and this is a great addition to it, it came out so well!

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

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  7. This is SO cute Elle!! I can’t believe they’re being sold for so much online when it looks so easy to make!

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  8. this is a DIY i can get behind. love love the marble trays and this is just too darn easy! pinning for later :)

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  9. This is amazing! I need to try to make that at some point...

    Kendal // Life With Kendal

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  10. Looks so chic!! I cannot believe it's that expensive to shop when it is so easy and cheap to make!!
    I should try it!!
    Dora www.BangsBang.com

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  11. I did a similar DIY a few months ago, and it looks adorable in my room! I love the copper you added to it!

    xx, A Little Dose of Makeup

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  12. That is the BEST DIY! That tray is so adorable to leave out... I so gotta do this one. I love the look of that marble. Perfect for pics.

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  13. That's seriously so cute, and so easy to make too! I would love to have a new tray that I could take things up to the theater room when we're having a movie night!

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  14. So nice! Those prices are crazy! I could never justify a piece for hat amount! Thanks for sharing! It looks simple enough. Love that you use them for photos! Happy Friday!

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  15. Gorgeous and so genius! I never ever would've thought of that on my own!

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  16. I think this has to be one of my fave DIY's you've ever done Elle! This tray not only looks awesome and glam but how incredible that it can be made for so little $ and look like $$$. Peonies are my fave as well. Your's look so pretty atop the tray!

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  17. Oh wow, Elle! Thank you so much, can't wait to give this a try!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  18. That is so funny! I just saw so many pins on Pinterest with this trend and I love it and thinking of something to incorporate in my new beauty room! You are spot on my friend. Very pretty. xoxo, Sissi www.beauty4free2u.com

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  19. Such a brilliant idea! I like your version of the tray better than the original!

    Jen / Velvet Spring x

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  20. I love this marble tray so cute!I would love to make this for my blog pics. Thanks for sharing Elle!

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  21. This is awesome! I love it and I love how easy it looks to make but turns out so beautiful. Thanks for sharing :)!

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  22. This is fantastic!:) Happy weekend!:))

    xxBasia
    http://kasztanowydomek.blogspot.co.uk/

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  23. holy moly you are so creative Elle. definitely pinned this. have a good weekend!

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  24. This is adorable! I've recently made a cute mirrored tray for my perfumes etc, but now I really want a marble one! I'm so going to try this this summer!

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  25. Whoa, that is cool! You did an awesome job . . . love your creative spirit!!! Enjoy your weekend!

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  26. I love the tray! I've been wanting to use something like this for my own blog photos. Thank you so much for sharing this diy. It's so helpful!

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  27. I absolutely love your tray and thank you so much for sharing how to do it!!!! And you even have a fabulous furry assistant to pose in some of the pictures :) Charlie just melts my heart! I wish we lived closer so he and Mac could have a play date!

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  28. This is so cute! I can't believe how much those sell for! So awesome that you can make your own, I wouldn't have thought to try to make my own, thanks for sharing this!

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  29. Thank you so much for sharing this, I need this in my life for my blog photos! Pinning! Those peonies are gorgeous, I will have to pick some up!

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  30. What a beautiful tray! This is such an awesome DIY :)

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  31. Love this. You so could make these and sell them. Have a great weekend.

    http://www.amysfashionblog.com/blog-home/

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  32. That is so cute, I love your more reasonable version!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  33. This is gorgeous Elle! My fiancé does a lot of diy, but I most definitely do not! Ha ha. I guess I better watch your video now as Charlie said so! Xxx

    ♥ Carly Susanne - A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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  34. Your tray looks beautiful - what a great DIY and a massive saving compared to buying it! Charlie is so cute too :)


    Away From The Blue Blog

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  35. This is so cute! Totally going to be making one of these for my dorm! So perfect for studying in bed.

    ~Allie @ www.allieways.com

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  36. AH! I am so excited about this! I have totally noticed this "marble" tray in several of your posts, but never even thought to ask about it because I had no clue that it was a DIY project! I just assumed it was a pricy piece. I totally just pinned this! I need to figure out what I'd use it for, but once I do - I will certainly make this. Thanks for sharing!

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  37. This is a very nice looking tray! You're really talented and creative. I have slate tiles that I could use for this purpose. Would epoxy stick to slate as well? (I'm completely ignorant when it comes to DIY...)

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  38. elle! this tray is everything. gorgeous.

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  39. Simple, easy, beautiful! Wow, well done! I love DIY's, this just went on my list! :)

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

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  40. The post is lovely ;)
    xx
    Mónica Sors
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS
    NEW POST: CROCHET SUMMER LOOK

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  41. This is so cute! I love your aesthetic <3

    Rosegold Fox

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  42. Gorgeous, I love this tray! It looks so expensive and elegant--I think I need to make one myself!

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  43. This is an awesome DIY! I have a friend who loves everything marble and this would be a cool gift to make her! Especially since it looks ridiculously easy! (:

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  44. Thank you for sharing a detailed tutorial! I am so freaking excited to make some of these!

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  45. What a wonderful DIY! The tray turned out so beautiful!!

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  46. This is such an awesome idea! I love the pretty trays I see online but could never justify shelling out money for one. But I would certainly make my own!

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  47. OMG I LOVE THIS!!!!! Saving it down and will attempt to make!

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