We first saw this project in Todd Oldham's ultimate DIY guide, Handmade Modern. Add a little luxury to a silverware or utensil tray by lining the inset areas with felt. The dressed-up tray can be used on a vanity, in a home office, or on a coffee table. Click below for the step-by-step.
• Ruler and Pencil
• Paint Brush or Foam Brush
• Measure the tray's open spaces.
• Trace your measurements onto the felt with a ruler and pencil.
• Cut the felt along the straight line with scissors.
• Use the brush to paint the inside of the tray with glue.
• Place felt into the tray and smooth out any wrinkles.
• If you want to be able to take out the felt later, skip the glue and use double-stick carpet tape to secure it to the inside of the tray.
The tray shown above is the Bamboo Gadget Tray (on sale at Crate and Barrel for $14.95) and the fabric is Mary Flanagan Hand-Dyed Felt ($12.50 a sheet at Purl). Felt is one of the easiest materials to work with since the edges don't unwravel.