Reverse decoupage jewelry tray

This is a pretty simple project that has a beautiful result.  Making a glass tray with favorite paper is a lovely way to personalize an object for yourself or as a gift.  We’re using ours as a spot for jewelry.  The jist of it is that you're going to adhere your image to the back of the glass tray and then use paint to fill in any spots where your paper doesn't fill up the glass.  


DIY Reverse Decoupage Tray PDF


Glass Tray
Decorative Paper
Gold Paint
Mod Podge
Spray Adhesive
Acrylic Metallic Gold Paint (For Glass and Ceramics)
Metallic Gold Sharpie (Oil Based)
Exacto Knife
Small Brushes
Cork or Bone Folder


  1. Cut out images from paper.  Thicker paper, such as good quality wrapping paper, is easiest to work with.  Avoid glossy or coated paper. 

  2. Flip the tray over so that the bottom is facing you.  Brush decoupage medium (such asMod Podge) across the back of the tray.

  3. Lightly place your paper over the glued area, with the right side facing down (so that the “pretty” side shows through on the front of the tray).  Layer paper on top of paper if you are doing a collage, adding the decoupage medium to the back of the tray as needed.  

    Smooth out any air bubbles with a bone folder or even a cork from a wine bottle and let dry for about an hour.

    Brush another layer of decoupage medium over the paper, covering the entire back of the tray.  

    After it dries, scrape off any excess glue from the edges with a razor blade or Exacto knife.

  4. Paint the back of the tray whatever color you’d like to see around the edge of the piece.  Two coats will probably be necessary. Use a metallic oil based Sharpie to touch up tray edges. 

  5. Using a spray adhesive, glue a piece of felt to the back of the tray to give it a finished look.  

  6. Ta-da!  You’re done.