Mini Scottie Dog Decoupage Tray DIY

Posted by Katie King
Create this adorable mini Scottie Dog decoupage tray with just some cardboard and tissue paper!

One thing that I've always been a sucker for is cute trays! As of right now I probably have more animal shape / colorful trays then one girl needs. I have a knack for wanting everything in its place (usually by color or theme) which then includes having a separate tray for different items. Needless to say my love of trays is slowing becoming its own collection!

Recently, I saw a DIY project which made trays out of cardboard. First I was sort of puzzled by the idea because making a tray out of cardboard (at least to me) seemed like it might be flimsy. However my love of cute trays and organization got the better of me and I decided to give it a try. I was shocked to find out that the little tray I made was not only strong but very easy to make. The only thing which I didn't care for was the shape, so I made some adjustments and came up with my own version!

Today I'll be showing you guys how you can make your own Mini Scottie Dog Tray! This size tray would be prefect to hold delicate jewelry, paper clips or loose change. To find out how to make your own just check out the full tutorial below!


  • Cardboard (you will want some cardboard which is somewhat flexible)
  • Black Tissue Paper
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Mod Podge (I used the gloss finish)
  • Foam Brush
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler

Draw your Scottie dog onto a piece of cardboard. My drawing ended up being 4 inches long and 2 1/4 inches wide (when measuring the middle). When your happy with your drawing, cut it out.

Take another piece of cardboard and cut out three strips that are 1 1/2 inches wide.

Grab your dog cutout and your cardboard strips. You will be measuring all the way around your dog and be cutting out small pieces of cardboard (from your strips) which will correspond to those areas. For example, I measured my dog's foot and it was 1 1/2 inches long. I then cut out a piece of cardboard from my strip which was the same length.

Keep repeating this process until you have all your pieces. Also (as a side note) the areas of your dog which are curved don't necessarily need perfectly cut pieces. Just make sure your piece of cardboard is long enough to cover that area.

Once you have all your cardboard pieces, you are ready to build the walls of your tray. To make things a bit easier I'm just going to focus on the dog's foot.

Grab your dog cutout and apply some hot glue to one of its edge (in this case the dog's foot). Then grab the piece of cardboard which corresponds to that area and press it into place. You will want to make sure that the edges line up. Keep repeating this processing all the way around your tray. When you're done you should have something like the above picture.

Cut your black tissue paper into small squares.

Apply some Mod Podge to your cardboard tray and begin adding your tissue paper. Don't be afraid to use some extra Mod Podge because it will seal in the tissue paper and give it a nice protective coat. Keep repeating this step until your tray is completely covered.

When your tray is dry you are ready to fill it up and display it!

At the last minute I found a small piece of a red ribbon and decided to add it (using some Mod Podge) for a collar. In the end, I just loved how this little tray turned out and it became the prefect place to hold my favorite pins!

If you made this tray, what would you use it for?