How to make a photo tray

Want a new way to display your snaps? Then give Style at Home's photo tray a go

white tray with coffee cups and cupcakes
(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

Black and white photographs are a great talking point, so show off your old family snaps with our decoupage tray idea.

Photocopy your pics first, so you can keep the originals safe. Why not theme a tray, using family wedding snaps to give as a gift for a bride and groom?

Takes 2hrs

Costs £27.59

What you'll need

Shallow-sided tray, £21, Scumble Goosie

White satinwood or eggshell paint


Old scenic and family black and white photographs


PVA glue

Quick Drying Matt varnish, £6.49 for 250ml, Homebase

painting a photo tray

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

Make sure your tray is clean and dust free. Paint the sides with satinwood or eggshell. Leave to dry, then add a second coat.

cutting photographs

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

Photocopy your favourite old photographs (or try the library or a print shop). Carefully cut out, leaving a white border around each.

placing photographs on photo tray

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

Place the photographs onto the tray and, when you are happy with the arrangement (try overlapping some), stick down with PVA glue. Leave to dry before brushing the whole tray with a coat of varnish.

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