Tuesday, December 16, 2014

DIY Marble Tray — Great Last Minute Gift Idea

This marble tray project is about as simple as it gets and is a great last minute gift idea!

DIY Marble Tray Tutorial — great last minute gift idea! │ thehappytulip.com
The most time consuming part is finding the tile you would like to use. Our local Home Depot sells quite a few options of marble tile. However not all of them are barcoded to sell individually, just by the case. I ended up using a 12" x 24" porcelain tile that looks exactly like marble. You can't really tell the difference — in fact, I like what I ended up with better because the veining is more pronounced than the real thing. In person, it's gorgeous!

DIY Marble Tray Tutorial — great last minute gift idea! │ thehappytulip.com


  • Marble tile
  • Small felt pads
  • Industrial-strength super glue
  • Drawer pulls


Flip the tile over and put the small felt pads on the corners so that they don't scratch up any surfaces.

DIY Marble Tray Tutorial — great last minute gift idea! │ thehappytulip.com

Figure out where you want the drawer pulls to be placed and glue them on. Every glue has a slightly different drying time, so be sure to check the bottle for directions. I used Krazy glue and tested it out after ten minutes and it was solid.DIY Marble Tray Tutorial — great last minute gift idea! │ thehappytulip.com

That's it! Now you have a chic marble tray. It works great on a coffee table, but it would be pretty in a bathroom holding beautiful perfume bottles. I made this one for a Christmas present, but I'm thinking I need to make one for myself too!

DIY Marble Tray Tutorial — great last minute gift idea! │ thehappytulip.com


  1. It would be nice to put felt all along the bottom to hide the back of the tile

  2. Total rip off, http://www.almostmakesperfect.com/2014/01/06/diy-marble-tray/

    1. Thank you, "Anonymous" for your comment. I do respectfully disagree though. Never in my post did I claim that I'm the originator of the idea to put handles on a marble tile to make a tray.
      If someone has an idea for a project, makes it, and puts it on their blog, does that mean that no one else can ever make something similar? That would be absurd, especially as there is nothing new under the sun in this Pinterest era. In fact, Molly isn't the only one with a similar diy marble tray on her blog either.
      As a blogger, my intention is to share — projects, ideas, inspiration, etc. I'm sure Molly has the same intention with her blog.
      What would be an actual ripoff would for me to steal her pictures and cut and paste her directions.

    2. I just came across your blog for the first time today following a link trail from apartment therapy. I love that aspect of blogging! If I stayed on one site, I wouldn't see how someone else tackles the same or similar project as another blogger. I looked at your link, then I looked at this other link that the anonymous poster shared - the tutorials have the same essentials, with similar enough outcomes, but I love that yours has a similar effect with a less expensive piece of material. That's what I love about these types of blogs - I can look around for one thing, like an idea, and keep looking until I see one that fits my abilities, budget, likes, etc. Kudos on keeping it real in the face of jerks on the internet.

    3. Thank you! :) I really appreciate that. I'm glad you found me!

  3. My comment is late, but I just saw this today. I think it is beautiful and I will definitely try it soon. Will send you a photo when I do. Thanks so much for sharing and keep up the good work!!!!

  4. This is beautiful! I wonder how difficult and dangerous would it be to drill holes and actually install the handles instead of gluing. I just don't trust the glue or me to remember not to pick it up by the handles.


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