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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Printable Paper Tray Template | Family Economics

By Cathe

Although it took many years to finally appreciate, I now love working with glitter when crafting. I was thinking it would be a good idea to design a catch-tray for the extra glitter that falls, but one that allows easy pouring of remaining glitter back into its designated bottle. You can purchase paper trays for this use at craft stores, but it’s very simple to make your own!

templateClick on the PDF file to download the printable template and print to cardstock. Reduce the size of the template if you’d like smaller trays. You can also digitally add images to the template before printing, or use the template to trace onto other surfaces to make unique trays such as:

•    Cereal and food boxes
•    Scrapbook cardstock
•    Decorative file folder
•    Vintage LP album covers
•    Greeting cards
•    Product packaging

trim using the templatePaper trays have so many uses, here are just a few:

•    Spare change catch
•    Key drop trays
•    Photo organizers
•    Craft supply trays
•    Craft glitter and glue trays
•    Snack baskets when lined with food-safe paper
•    Candy dish for wrapped candies
•    Hair clip holders
•    Junk drawer organizers
•    Desk supplies


1.    Once the template is printed on cardstock, trim along the solid lines and fold all flaps along the dashed lines.

finished tray2.    Lay onto another cardstock surface and trace, lifting and folding back when necessary to trace all solid lines and fold areas.

3.    Trim out cardstock along traced lines; fold all flaps and glue or tape smallest flaps to the outside of the tray.

I traced my first template onto a piece of two-sided scrapbook cardstock from Jenni Bowlin’s JBS Mercantile. I will use it at my desk to hold trinkets that tend to gather around my keyboard while I work.

Please share your ideas for using paper trays below!

11 Comments so far

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On Monday, April 9, 2012, KarenT in TX wrote

I love this little tray! And so many people have so many cute and useful ideas! Is there any way you can post the sizes as to where to score and cute? I just cannot afford printer ink right now, so I can't print out the template! Tks for considering and huge thanks for sharing!

On Monday, March 12, 2012, erican wrote

very pretty thank u for sharing cool idea!

On Monday, March 12, 2012, Shelia V wrote

I think this could make a cute center piece holder for a baby shower or bridal shower, birthday, etc! Thank you for sharing!!

On Thursday, February 16, 2012, Judith Ann from Cape Cod wrote

No matter what you post, it's always to creative and clever -- love this!

On Thursday, January 19, 2012, Barbara wrote

I have made a cutting file from the PDF for my Silhouette digital cutter so it can cut card stock for many of these for me! They'll do duty for treats to take to a friend or goodies to a pot luck dinner, in the bathrooms for trinkets and earrings and other small things, to hold the cards and hybrid projects I make with my cutter, to hold sunglasses and keys in the foyer, and I am very sure, many, many other uses around the house!

On Tuesday, January 10, 2012, mom2fur wrote

This is so cute and I've already made a tray this morning. I blogged about it and put the link back here. Thank so much for making and sharing! PS--my blog is

On Thursday, January 5, 2012, Brittany wrote

OH my, I just want to squeal with excitement when i look at this!

On Thursday, January 5, 2012, the frugal eclectic wrote

i am seeing it used as a shadow box/collage art for wall hanging

On Wednesday, January 4, 2012, Becky from Minnesota wrote

I can see this in Christmas paper, holding napkins or ornaments. Or how about spring paper, with Easter eggs and grass?

On Wednesday, January 4, 2012, Laurel from Los Angeles wrote

Great project! I make jewelry, so I'm always looking for little trays/bowls to keep a group of beads/findings together until I made the piece!

On Wednesday, January 4, 2012, Heather Ales wrote

Brilliant! I need such a tray for my nightstand to hold the odd bits and baubles that always seem to collect there! Thanks Cathe!


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