DIY Perfume Tray Project

Last Updated on November 20, 2021 by Ellen Christian

You love your perfume, but you don’t like how the bottles look on your dresser. Learn how to make this DIY perfume tray project today.

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We all know that a beautiful home is important to us, but we also want it to be functional and practical as well. So why not make something pretty for our perfumes?

This simple DIY project is easy to follow with step-by-step instructions and photos of each step. You can make this in an hour or less without any tools or special skills required. It’s made with a picture frame and a few simple craft materials you probably already have at home! *


DIY Perfume Tray Project

So, I admit to being a bit of a fanatic about perfumes and fragrances. I am truly in love with them and don’t feel my outfit is complete unless I’ve added at least a body mist. I don’t want to wear the same fragrance every day because different fragrances are suitable for different times of the day or different occasions.

What that means is that I have a bunch of different fragrances scattered around my bureau in different baskets or spots. I tend to misplace or forget about one of my scents until I rediscover it while searching for something else.

I’ve been searching for some type of tray I could use to hold my perfumes sort of as a visual reminder for me of where they *should* be placed when I’m done with them. I found a number of really beautiful trays but none were quite what I was looking for. Being the crafty girl that I am, I decided that I would try to make my own perfume tray.

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The supplies

Materials needed

Armed with my 20% off Michael’s coupon, I headed out to shop for supplies. I didn’t want to spend a lot on this project and debated a number of different techniques to get the look I wanted. In the past, I ran a successful craft site where I sold a number of my creations so I know how to do a ton of different types of crafts.

I was hoping to find a wooden tray to decoupage but Michael’s had nothing but cheap fake wood-type trays that I wasn’t interested in. I looked for something metal or a mirror thinking I could decoupage on that just as easily but no luck there either.

In the end, I settled for a pretty white picture frame with a glass front that was on sale for 40% off. I grabbed some pretty scrapbook paper for a back that I probably didn’t need considering the 5″ thick stack of paper on my craft table.

DIY perfume tray project

The next step took me a while. I wanted some type of decoration on the tray without making it busy and detracting from the beauty of the perfume bottles themselves. I wanted a sort of antique or vintage type of look that wasn’t too busy or ornate. In the end, I settled on some chipboard metallic look stickers.

All in all, I’m really pleased with how it came out. It’s simple and fits with our bedroom decor. It was a frugal solution. All the materials ended up costing me only $5.39 after the coupon I used at Michael’s.

You love your perfume, but you don't like how the bottles look on your dresser. Learn how to make this DIY perfume tray project today.

How to make a Perfume Tray Project

Here’s what I did. You can change the process based on the materials you find. I used what was on sale and easy to find. 

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Place stickers around the border.
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Put it back together with pretty backing.
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The finished project
What do you think? *I made this perfume tray in  2011 and updated the final photo in 2021 since I still have it and use it today. The smaller photos show the process shots from 2011.

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4 thoughts on “DIY Perfume Tray Project”

  1. This is really neat. You did a beautiful job. I used to have a perfume tray, but I couldn't tell you where it is now. I don't wear a lot of perfumes because of my allergies.
  2. I love antique dresser trays. Go to goodwill or any antique store and for a few bucks, you can have a beautiful antique dresser tray!

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