DIY Gold Leaf Jewelry Tray

Gold Leaf Jewelry Tray with Jewelry

I love gold, and I love jewelry, so the idea to decorate this tray was an easy choice.  Stripes are also a huge favorite of mine, so you’re seeing a lot of what I love through this DIY!

DIY Jewelry Tray Steps

The tray is actually a ceramic “salad plate” I got from Target, though that should not suggest this project is food safe (it’s not!).  I taped the design with 1/4″ 3M blue tape, then applied a gold leaf pen in between the tape.  This took a few strokes on some parts and I also needed to apply a second coat on little areas after the first layer dried.  That means the overall look is not a factory finish but a more organic texture that shows the gold leaf strokes, which I like!  This could also easily be done with a gold Sharpie, followed by curing in the oven (ask me how if you want to know).

After removing the tape, I took a Q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol and cleaned up any imperfect edges.

Gold Leaf Jewelry Tray

I applied a few layers of clear acrylic spray on top to protect the design.  Mod Podge or another similar sealant would work as well.  The protective coat can be skipped all together, but I figured with all the jewelry traffic this tray will be seeing, the protective layer would be best to have.

Jewelry Tray Display

I’m in love with how it turned out!  Organizing my accessories is something I’ve been needing to work on and plan on doing soon, but for now what I needed most was a place where I could just throw off my jewelry at the end of the day.  That still counts as organization, right?

What do you think of my jewelry tray?  Would you have a use for one of these as well?


  1. says

    Um…. adorable?! I love it! I love how the width of the stripes is a bit more narrow compared to the more standard width you see. The pattern that you did the stripes in is different and original, I haven’t seen it around. Anyway what a great DIY… so cute!

  2. says

    this is just so fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing at Creativity Unleashed last week and sharing tomorrow at 7 am EST at One Project Closer for another great party!

  3. Peggy says

    I absolutely love the DIY plate tutorial! Thanks for sharing so many of your great ideas. I would love to know the curing details, thanks in advance.

  4. says

    It’s gorgeous Amy! First I’m really impressed you were able to get all those stripes so straight! The gold is perfect. I love pretty little jewelry trays and this one looks like something you’d pick up at a fancy boutique. Just beautiful!

  5. says

    hi amy! you’re on my top 3 from last week’s The DIY’ers party♥ congrats to you and thanks for sharing this really awesome project! I’ve pinned this project onto my “The DIY’ers Party Favorites board”.

    this week’s The DIY’ers is now live, so come and link up your latest project with us!

  6. says

    Hi Amy,

    I know you already ventured over to my site to see this project in this month’s Mad Props! But, I just wanted to drop back by and say I think your site is amazing. You are a seriously talented blogger and DIY’er! I can’t wait to see more! :D

    xo Megan

  7. says

    Popped over from I <3 Organizing, and really like this. Have you shared how it would work with a gold Sharpie? I would love to know how that works!
    xx Johanna

  8. says

    Super chic! I just bought some gold spray paint to hype up a silver candle holder I was recently given. I like your gold leaf pen idea better! Great job!


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