DIY Acrylic Desk Tray Under $2

Quick, easy and chic.

As I mentioned in this post, I don't really have a "normal" desk. Since that post I have invested in this system, which serves perfectly as a desk and storage. Lately, I have been smitten with the gold and white combo. I wanted a desk tray to match my color scheme and corral all my little knick-knacks. After a quick search on the web, I discovered you can DIY acrylic desk trays out of a Hobby Lobby box frame! 

I immediately went to my local craft store and found the frames. I love that the frames come in various sizes because I plan on making a larger version one day for the living room. Since my desktop is less than 2 feet wide, and I don't have that much stuff to organize, I decided to go with the 4x6 box frame. Then I ran over to the scrapbook paper and found a decent gold and white pattern to line it with.

The frame was a whopping $1.99 (you know I took advantage of the 40% off coupon, so the price ended up $1.19) and the scrapbook paper was $0.59. I spent $1.79 + tax, that ain't bad! Here's how I put it all together.

  • Box Frame
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Scrapbook Paper
Remove the backing and paper from the frame, leaving the open side of the frame face up. Trace the paper on the scrapbook paper. Cut out the rectangle, and insert the decorative paper into the tray. Finally, fill the tray with your items.

This project literally took me 5 minutes to make and the end result is just as great as the high end versions. Since I'm not a wasteful person, I used the leftover paper to cover a mini notebook from the dollar store. Did this inspire you? Let me know in the comments if you plan on trying this DIY!

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