Hey everyone! It’s Ashley from Sugar & Cloth here again with another simple home decor tutorial. This time we’re putting those cute matches that you picked up solely for the cute packaging to good use. Let’s be honest, we’ve all done that!

You can actually use whatever small objects or patterns you’d like, but this DIY matchstick patterned vanity tray definitely fits the bill for a statement piece for the bathroom, guest room, living room, or any other place you can squeeze in a little extra color.

• Matches (or another small object to create a pattern with!)
• Tacky glue
• Plain tray
• Spray paint in the color of your choice (optional if you want a colored tray!)
• 3 Dimensional Magic (you’ll need at least two bottles depending on how big your tray is)

• If you want the bottom of your tray (or entire tray) to be a different color, you’ll obviously spray paint it first and let it dry. Once dry, lay out the pattern of your objects or matches to make sure you like it first.

 • Use a small amount of tacky glue one by one on the bottoms of each matchstick and place it back down firmly to make sure it stays in place. This will keep your design from moving once you have the top coat!

 • Squeeze on the 3 dimensional magic all over the bottom of your tray until there’s enough of it on the bottom that it completely covers all of your objects. The idea is that it will harden and create an even surface for you to place things on, so be generous! Let it dry for about 12-24 hours depending on the temperature and humidity.

 • Once it’s dry you can style and place it however you’d like, and the clear coat will create a waterproof surface as well.

In case you missed the last DIY home decor post, you can check out my DIY gold foil brushstroke pillow here!

project by: Sugar & Cloth
photos by: Jared Smith


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    Melissa says:

    This is adorable. What an awesome idea! Now I’m thinking of all the other things I can drown in modge podge to make into a cool tray.

    Seriously genius idea!

    Shweyy says:

    Those bracelets are adorable — where are they from?

    lavibot says:

    I have seen ones very similar to them at Forever 21 and H&M!

    Love this! So clever and unique!

    This is amazing! Love the idea 🙂

    What an unexpected way of using matches!

    That is REALLY cute. I LOVE IT. <3

    Susan says:

    YOU are brilliant. Classic simplicity at its best!

    new pitsligo says:

    whan an unexpected way of wasting matches!

    I like the idea of letting small children do this thing for me just to see them glue their hands together with superglue 😀

    Lee says:

    This is beautiful! I didn’t understand what kind of “magic” to use? What is it? Could you send a link..?

    Thank you!

    Melissa says:

    Hi! Love your tray!!! Works on ceramic tray?
    Where i can find pink matches?

    Brilliant idea 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us!

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    Samantha says:

    I never would have thought of this idea, but you can base to many other things from this. I love it!

    Sabrina says:

    ITS CUTE 🙂

    Mikki says:

    I don’t get the idea of doing that and why is there all this jewelry and keys

    Raquel says:

    I love it!! What color/brand spray paint did you use?

    Sania Afzal says:

    Brilliant idea 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us!

    Gifts says:

    Once again, lovely DIY.

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