Creations, Tile Embellished Tray

 

I had some pretty glass tile leftover tile from our master bath redo, 

 

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I found an inexpensive galvanized tray at Walmart, part of the Better Homes & Garden collection for only $7.99

 

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I used premixed grout, a large spackling tool and a sponge

 

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This mini glass subway tile comes mounted on a paper backing, as do many small tiles, which makes it much quicker to lay them in place

 

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Spread an even layer of grout* on the bottom of tray and place tiles paper side up {the paper protects the face of the delicate glass tiles}

*you could also use quick set for tile, glue or adhesive

 

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Some tiles may come on a mesh grid with their right side up, in which case you would place the grid side down first on the grout or foundation layer

 

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Once tiles are in place, I used a sponge to dampen the paper, which is made to come right off when wet

 

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I had to add a few tiles around the edges and cut some in half with tile nippers {Walmart} to fill open spaces.  Make sure you wear eye protection when using tile nippers  😎

 

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I let the tray set overnight then added more grout in a layer over the top, using the spackling tool to press down and fill all the spaces

 

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As soon as all the gaps are filled, use a sponge to remove the excess grout while it’s still wet, rinsing the sponge frequently, until the tiles are clean

 

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All done!

 

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Here’s another idea, glue some tiles or glass vase beads on a wooden tray and add a few decorative paint strokes

 

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There are so many beautiful tiles readily available now at home improvement stores, and you don’t need many to create a fun accessory

Happy Creating!

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26 Responses to “Creations, Tile Embellished Tray”
  1. Jenna, now I really love this idea! Your tray is perfect for serving drinks or anything for that matter! Happy Wednesday!

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  2. Mary says:

    So pretty Jenna! I’ve always admired your beautiful turquoise tile in your bath and using your leftovers serves it up perfectly as a tray to enjoy at the table or bar!

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  3. Lovely tray, those tiles really make it shine!

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  4. Jodi says:

    LOOOOOVVVVEE this Jenna! Thanks for the tutorial! I want to try this 🙂

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  5. How clever! Love it!

    Johanne Lamarche

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  6. Ellen Shook says:

    Tiling gets kind of addictive — I now, because I have done some in the past, too. Your tray turned out so beachy and cute! And I still love the forks. I think that’s the very first project I noticed on your blog way back when.

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  7. Kim says:

    Another fabulous idea! Just lovely!

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  8. Anonymous says:

    This is so pretty and looks so much easier than I would have thought until I saw your well done picture tutorial!

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  9. Emily says:

    I love the tile you use for the tray. Turned out really pretty, perfect for the beach.

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  10. I saw that tray this week and admired it. You have personalized it beautifully. Love the color.
    Did you post your bath redo and I missed it?

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    • Thanks Bonnie, no I didn’t post about the redo, just a few photos of it in one of the beach house tours several years ago. I feel like it was just yesterday but it’s been 6 years since we redid it! I saw Kitty’s post about your visit with her, how fun! >

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  11. Lynn says:

    Your tray turned out neat! All set for Happy Hour on the deck now:@)

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  12. Stacey says:

    Wow, what a great idea. The tile you chose is so pretty with the galvanized tray. I have a try just like that, hmmm.

    You are always so creative and busy. I admire that.

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  13. Rhonda says:

    So cute!!! The tile is so pretty! 🙂 ~Rhonda

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  14. henatayeb says:

    oh beautiful. what a wonderful idea.

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  15. Mila says:

    I love it!

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  16. Carol says:

    Quite beautiful tiles – definitely fits my home interior colors. Love the tray.

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  17. The tray is terrific. I love the tiles. I am sure you will get a lot of use out of the tray.

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  18. Sandra Garth says:

    This is one cool craft!

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  19. Julie says:

    Hello Jenna,
    Wow I love this pretty tray you made!
    Thanks for sharing it at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    Enjoy the week.
    Julie

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  20. JESS44903 says:

    This is just so neat!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, and tips: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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