Upcycle a Shoe Box for this Swanky Jewelry Tray

I love a tray for organizing—it’s great for magazines on a coffee table, spices on a kitchen counter, and more—especially when you can use kick-ass fabric to turn it into a decorating element, too. That’s why this craft is the best: We used a shoebox lid (yay! An excuse for new shoes!), covered it in fabric, and transformed it into a tray that will not only corral your perfume and jewelry, but will also add an upscale look to your bedroom. TRAY CHIC!

P.S. I love this fabric because it looks like the one we used for my craft belt on The Chew!

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Upcycled Jewerly Tray

Fabric-Covered Tray

You will need

  • cardboard box lid
  • scrap cardboard
  • fabric
  • spray adhesive
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors


  • Cut a rectangle from scrap cardboard slightly smaller than the inside of the box lid. This will be the inside base of the tray.
  • Lay cut cardboard piece onto fabric and cut around fabric, leaving about a 1” extra all around.
  • Spray cardboard piece with spray adhesive, place fabric piece onto sprayed area, then secure extra fabric to back using hot glue.
  • Place box lid onto fabric (top down) and cut out fabric, leaving enough fabric to cover inside edges of box lid, plus 1” all round.
  • Spray top of box lid with spray adhesive then place on top of fabric.
  • Starting with the two long lid edges, fold over fabric over the edges and then secure with hot glue, trimming extra fabric at corners as needed. Repeat with two shorter edges. (The extra rectangle will hide the edge of the fabric).
  • Place fabric-covered rectangle inside completed box lid.
Upcycled Jewelry Tray

Bittersweet day. Thank you to these two beautiful souls for sharing their laughter and expertise with me for seven years. And thank YOU for welcoming us into your homes. Have a fabulous life, everybody!!!

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