DIY Vanity Tray

Organize your makeup, perfumes, or jewelry on a DIY Vanity Tray!

DIY Vanity Tray with Mod Podge Ultra

I've been a Mod Podge user for years now, and am thrilled about the all new Mod Podge Ultra. There is SO much you can do with it, including mosaics! I was inspired by this idea to create my own vanity tray to encourage myself to better organize my makeup and smaller jewelry pieces. This was such a fun project to make, and I hope it inspires you to try it out for yourself!

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To make your own DIY Vanity Tray, you will need these supplies:

DIY Vanity Tray with Mod Podge Ultra

When you buy a wooden plaque/tray like this, I've found that the inside needs a little bit of sanding. Use some fine grit sandpaper to smooth the bottom, sides, and corners of the plaque. Brush away any sawdust.

Paint the entire tray with 1-2 coats of Wicker White FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint, making sure to let it dry completely between coats. To add a bit of shine, I painted just the top edges with 2-3 coats of Brushed Silver FolkArt Brushed Metal Paint. Depending on the color of your mosaic filler, you could use any brushed metal paint color that you'd like to coordinate.

DIY Vanity Tray with Mod Podge Ultra

Mod Podge Ultra is the newest formula in the Mod Podge family. The biggest (and most obvious) difference in this formula is that it can be SPRAYED on. Seriously! It has a super strong hold, dries quickly, and self-levels without leaving a stickiness behind once it dries. It is a water-based, non-toxic formula that can be used for indoor/outdoor projects, with the quality you can expect from the Mod Podge brand. It comes in both a matte and gloss finish as well as both a 4 and 8-ounce bottle.

DIY Vanity Tray with Mod Podge Ultra

Lay down something to protect your work surface (like a silicone craft mat) and place the wood tray on top. Shake the Mod Podge Ultra bottle vigorously for 10-15 seconds. Prime the pump of the bottle by doing some test sprays on a paper towel. It's ready to use when you have a consistent spray coming from the nozzle.

Spray a thin, even layer of Mod Podge Ultra on the bottom of the wood tray. Keep in mind that using thinner layers works much better than thicker ones.

DIY Vanity Tray with Mod Podge Ultra

Now is the time to place your mosaic materials. I chose this gorgeous purple crushed glass. I found it with other vase fillers, and I love how it has a bit of sparkle! Pour the crushed glass into the tray until just the bottom is covered.

DIY Vanity Tray with Mod Podge Ultra

The Mod Podge Ultra is tacky while it is wet, but you can still move things around if necessary. Pouring the crushed glass is the quickest way to place it in the tray, but it comes out a bit uneven. Use a Mod Podge Brush to even things out without getting pieces stuck to your fingers. Add more crushed glass as necessary to fill in bare spots.

Once you have the crushed glass (or your other mosaic material) arranged as you'd like it, spray another layer of Mod Podge Ultra on top. Elevate your project while it dries to keep it from sticking to your work surface. Let it dry 4+ hours. If you use thinner coats, it shouldn't take much longer than that.

DIY Vanity Tray with Mod Podge Ultra

Since I am going to be using this surface quite a bit, I wanted to add an extra layer of protection. Once the first coats dried, I poured a small amount of Mod Podge Ultra straight onto the crushed glass. The Mod Podge Ultra is self-leveling, so all I had to do is  slowly turn the tray around to make sure everything is coated, then elevated it to dry. This drying time took a lot longer since it was a thicker coat.

Before storing the Mod Podge Ultra, you need to clean the pump so that it will spray smoothly again next time. I rinsed the pump and nozzle well in warm water, and then put it back in the bottle.

DIY Vanity Tray with Mod Podge Ultra

You'll know if the Mod Podge Ultra has dried when you touch it and don't feel any tackiness. Once the tray is dried completely, you can place your makeup, jewelry, and/or perfumes in the tray to display in your bedroom or bathroom.

DIY Vanity Tray with Mod Podge Ultra

I am so excited with how this vanity tray turned out, and love the look of the crushed glass. This is such a great way to upgrade your bathroom or bedroom decor while also organizing your supplies! After doing this project, I'm really looking forward to seeing what else I can create with Mod Podge Ultra!

DIY Vanity Tray with Mod Podge Ultra

Have you tried the new Mod Podge Ultra?

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