Creations, Tile Embellished Tray


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




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




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


tile tray supplies



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




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



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




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




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  😎


grouting tile


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




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




All done!


tile tray


tile bottom tray


glass tile tray


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



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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27 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!

  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!

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

  4. Jodi says:

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

  5. How clever! Love it!

    Johanne Lamarche


  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.

  7. Kim says:

    Another fabulous idea! Just lovely!

  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!

  9. Emily says:

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

  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?

    • 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! >

  11. Lynn says:

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

  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.

  13. Rhonda says:

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

  14. henatayeb says:

    oh beautiful. what a wonderful idea.

  15. Mila says:

    I love it!

  16. Carol says:

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

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

  18. Sandra Garth says:

    This is one cool craft!

  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.

  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:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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