Map Tray

This craft is super easy and inexpensive. 

You’ll need:
  • Unfinished wood tray--these are inexpensive in craft stores, and even cheaper if you watch for sales.
  • Mod Podge—this only requires a small amount.
  • Souvenir map often available from tourist info centers.
I used a map of Budapest because we lived in Budapest for 5 years and we lived near the heart of the city, so our address is actually on this map.

1.  Cut your map to fit exactly in the tray bottom. 
2.  Then paint the bottom of the tray with Mod Podge.
3.  Lay the map carefully on top, making sure it’s smooth.

4.  When it dries, paint 2-3 coats of Mod Podge on the top of the map making sure your strokes are even-looking.
5. Spray with a sealer to keep the Mod Podge from becoming tacky as it ages. 

Ideas for Cities to Use:
♥ Where you honeymooned
♥ A special vacation
♥ Where you were born
♥ Where you met you husband
♥ Your college town
♥ Your present location

You could make a whole collection of trays to use for parties.

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Bless you, Gail 


  1. I was thinking of making something like this as a Christmas present. Thanks for posting the tutorial!

  2. Lovely ! I can make my destroyed trays !

  3. What a great idea. I just snagged a tray from a free pile at a yard sale. I plan on doing something like that.Love it.

  4. This is adorable! I am trying to do a map frame in the next few weeks!

    I am a new follower and I would love for you to follow back. Also, feel free to link this to my Flaunt It Friday link party!!! :)

    Hope to share more ideas with you soon!!!


  5. Look great - nice job!! I appreciate you linking up at Romance on a dime each week!!

  6. Definitely a craft anyone could make! Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!

  7. Hi Gail,
    This is such a cute tray. I need to do one of these. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    from Wednesday until Sunday.
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  8. What a cute idea! I have a bunch of maps from out trip to Italy that I've been trying to figure out what to do with... I think I just might try this! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

    Michelle @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby

  9. This is a great craft! Useful and fun to do also. Thanks for showing us how. Linda

  10. Great idea! Thanks for sharing! :)

  11. I absolutely love this idea! I wish I had more use for wooden trays so I'd have a reason to do this!

  12. That is a super fun tray! way to be creative.
    with love,

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comments on all of the links I posted on your link party.
      Bless you,

  13. What a good idea! We have a huge collection of souvenir maps & I feel like such a hoarder! I'm going to have to head to the craft store (or thrift store??) to see what they have!

    1. I think you'll enjoy this craft, Monica. I use my little tray on an end table in my living room as kind of a coaster and "catch all." Every time I see it, it reminds me of Budapest.
      : )

  14. What a great craft, I love your idea! And I love how you used a map of Budapest! :) I'm from Prague (Czech Republic) and love Budapest too :) I'm sure I have a tray laying around somewhere that I could re-do too! Thanks for sharing!! Have a great weekend! :)

  15. What a fun idea! It looks marvelous - it would be fun for children to use and to learn from! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,


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