DIY Tufted Tray

March 21, 2012

I feel a little more prepared to tuft since my first go when I made a headboard for our master bedroom. That time I needed plywood and had to drill holes. I had never used a drill bit in my life prior to that experience.

Fun as it was, I thought that for this project it might be more appealing to try out if you don’t need to deal with lugging plywood from the hardware store and dealing with heavy machinery. Cardboard and a screwdriver replace plywood and a drill. You will need the following:

Take a quick measurement of the inside of your tray know what size your cardboard needs to be. If you are using a wood tray, sand off any rough edges with sandpaper and wipe with a clean dry cloth. Then spray paint your color of choice.

Next cut the cardboard to fit the measurement of the inside of the tray.

Measure how much lining and fabric you will need to cover the front and sides of the cardboard with the addition of your stuffing.

To created the tufted look, you will need to create a diamond shape. I ended up going two inches in from each side and marking the holes about 4 inches apart from each other. Once you mark your holes just punch through with a screwdriver.

Staple the lining along the edge of the cardboard and follow again with the fabric.

Now here is where you have a choice. You can buy buttons or you can buy a button cover kit. I chose the latter. It really only takes a few minutes. The kits include instructions but I’m always here for support. =)

Now to tuft! Just place the needle and thread through the hole you punched. Go from the back to front, loop the button and place back through the hole. Now pull really tight on the string and tie a tight knot. Next, cut a 4″ piece of ribbon and tie a double knot around the ribbon with the string. Lastly create a double knot with the ribbon itself. The ribbon acts as an anchor so the the string holds tight. Repeat for the remaining holes you punched.

Now depending on how well your cushion fits into the tray, you can decide if you need to glue it down. I was able to fit it in snugly without the need of glue. If you need glue, I suggest Gorilla Glue.

So what do you think?

It’s a great addition to our little entry table. Great as a catchall for keys, sunglasses, etc.



I shared this project on the following lovely blogs:

Six Sisters’ Stuff

A Rosie Sweet Home

Pincushion Creations

Uncommon Designs

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  • Reply Fashion-isha April 16, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    So cool!! I love the fabric too it’s so cheery!

  • Reply Katie April 1, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    LOVE IT! Such a great idea! I wish I had an entry way in our house….I definetly will need to figure out a spot for this though! Thanks for linking up! Hope to see you again this wednesday!

    • Reply Arica April 1, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      Thanks, Katie! It would be great on a coffee table or nightstand too. =) Everything looks better when it sits on a tray. =) xo Arica

  • Reply Bonnie and trish @ Uncommon April 1, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    This is precious! What a unique take!! Your tutorial is fabulous! Thank you for linking up to our party! Sharing this tonight on our facebook page! :)

    • Reply Arica April 1, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      Thank you, Bonnie and Trish! xo