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Zig Zag Tray with Gold Flecks {DIY}

Howdy! Did you know March is craft month? It is and today I am participating with a few other crafters in Crafting in the Rain’s Craft Month A-Z.  I was a little late in signing up and snagged the very last letter, Z.  lol I thought about zebra patterns, flowers that start with z (Zinnia), and finally came around to zig zags. Whew! Zig zags are perfect.  When I went thrifting with my mom a few weeks ago I found a wooden tray for $4 and knew that would be the object of  my “zig zagging” affection.  

T is for Table runner  ||  The Happy Scraps
U is for Upcycled skirt  ||  The Potter’s Place
V is for View finder  ||  Crafting in the Rain
W is for Wagon shelf  ||  One Krieger Chick
X is for Xacto knife stamps  ||  Chicken Scratch NY
Y is for Yo-yo headband  ||  Britches n Boots
Z is for Zig Zag tray  ||  Up to Date Interiors

Zig Zag Tray with Gold Flecks



Tray (sand paper)

Painter’s tape

Spray Paint

Gold Sharpie (optional)


Step 1:

Sand the tray and wipe clean.  Use painter’s tape to create a zig zag pattern on your tray.  (I had wide painter’s tape so I cut it into thinner strips)


Step 2:

Spray paint and let dry for at least 30 minutes before removing painter’s tape.


Step 3: (optional)

Paint the underside and sides a contrasting color.  I used gold spray paint!


Step 4: (optional)

Use a gold sharpie marker to create gold flecks in the tray.  I decided to do this because my tray had a lot of dings in it so I filled them in with the gold sharpie. 🙂


Step 5:

To protect your beautiful zig zags, use a coat of polyurethane or let the paint cure (don’t touch it) for a week.


I am re-styling my bookcase this week and will probably use this tray on it!

Here are the links from the last three weeks if you would like to see them.

Crafting in the Rain: Copper Bud Vase and Its Craft Month (Letters A – G)

Crafting in the Rain: Make a Leather Necklace Plus More Crafts (Letters H – M)

Crafting in the Rain: Ribbon Tied Frame (N – S)

Thanks so much for stopping by.  If you haven’t seen Up to Date Interiors’ Ringing in Spring Home Tour, you can find it here.



    1. Thanks Steph! I’m really happy with the way it turned out and the entire project only took about 20 min. 🙂

    1. Well, at first I covered a couple of nicks with it but then I thought “gold flecks”. I like the way the light catches it. 🙂 Thanks for the sweet comment Staci!

    1. Thanks Skye! Not bad for a $4 tray. Can’t wait to style with it. (Maybe today!) Have a lovely weekend. 🙂

    1. Thanks Katy! I was surprised how quickly I did it. Of course I “eyeball” everything. lol Glad you liked it! (you could probably do something during nap time!)

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