How to Turn a Paper Mache Lid Into a Decorative Tray

Posted by Meghan Quinones
Create a pretty place to toss your keys, cell phone and other trinkets with this easy DIY hexagon catchall!

I am the worst when it comes to locating my keys and cell phone. They both seem to go missing every single day! I have been told the best way to keep track of items that go missing is by finding a permanent place for them. I thought this was such a novel idea and decided to create a catchall to house my keys and cell phone!

I bought a paper mache hexagon box quite some time ago and kept waiting for a project idea to come to mind. One day, in an effort to get organized, I decided to remove the lid and use the actual box to store some craft supplies. I looked at the lid and thought: "Why not use the lid as a tray???" This is how my hexagon tray was born! I, of course, could not just leave my tray brown, oh no. I added a splash of color by painting the outside of my lid along with the inside a pretty blue color. I wanted to add a fun pattern to the bottom of my tray, so I grabbed some gold foil scrapbook paper and used my trusty Mod Podge to secure it.

I am so happy with how my catchall turned out. You could leave your tray plain, or your could get totally creative with some paint and paper like I did!

Here's what you'll need:

  • Paper Mache Hexagon Box
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Pencil
  • Mod Podge
  • Scissors

Let's get crafty!

You could also your catchall on your dresser or even on your bathroom countertop. This little tray is perfect for keep all of your small treasures together!