How To Make A Personalized Map Decoupage Glass Tray

Using Road Maps For A Decoupage Glass Tray

It’s my hubby’s birthday soon, and I never know what to get him. Because if he wants it, he just goes and buys it. I like to make my gifts wherever possible, that’s when I came up with the idea of making him a map decoupage glass tray for his bedside table.
When Paul gets ready for bed, he just empty’s his pockets and puts the contents on the bedside table. I thought if he had a glass trinket dish to put all this stuff in, then it was less likely to get knocked off the table.
I admit a glass trinket dish is a pretty boring present, but if you personalize it with a map of somewhere special then it becomes something a bit more special.
In my collection of old roadmaps, I just happened to have one of the South Coast of England. Paul has often talked of moving to Brighton one day, so I decided to use that map for this decoupage glass tray.
As the map looked so good on the decoupaged trinket dish, I made a second one. This time for my dad and I used a map of Antartica upcycled from an old calendar.
Map decoupage glass tray
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What you need to make a map decoupage glass tray

Map glass tray cutter and mat

How to make a Map decoupage glass tray

  1. Before trying to decoupage the glass tray clean it thourghly. I find rubbing alcohol works best for this, failing that you can just use good old soap and water.

  3. First place the glass tray ontop of the map you want to use. This will enable you to choose the exact part of the map you want to decoupage.
    Placing glass tray on map for decoupage

  5. Next cut your map to the size of glass tray, allow for the curve. It doesn’t matter if your cut map is fractionally too large as you can always trim any excess off at the end.
    Cutting road map to size

  7. Cover the underside of the glass tray with a layer of decoupage glue. Stick the map face down onto the glue. Pressing down with your fingers and squeezing out any air bubbles to the edge. Scrapping the edge of a credit card accross the back of the map will also help squeeze out air bubbles.
    Glueing map to glass tray

  9. Once the decoupage glue has dried apply another coat this time to the back of the map. This will act as a protective varnish.
    Map decoupage glass trinket dish

Personalized road map decoupage glass tray
As I had two of these glass trays, I decoupaged the second one with a map of Antartica, I had on a old calendar.
Antarctica calendar  map
Antarctica map glass trinket dish upcycle

Antarctica map decoupage glass tray
Antarctica map decoupage glass tray

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26 Responses

  1. What a wonderful gift idea! So creative 🙂 My hubby would love this. Thanks for sharing with us at Create and Celebrate!

  2. These are gorgeous Claire. Such a great idea. #homeetc

  3. This is an absolutely BRILLIANT idea Claire — and you might just have solved the dilemma of what I can give to my husband for father’s day! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂 #HomeEtc

  4. This looks so good. And what a lovely personalised gift. We definitely need some catchalls in our house.

  5. Aww that looks so pretty. I just glanced up to my lighting fixture and it looked just like your glass tray. Maybe if I decoupage it it’ll look better too!

    • That would be interesting to do, I’d love to see them if you do it.

  6. great project and a fun way to make use of maps left over from vacation travels! maybe i’d make a set to use as souvenirs, hmmmm. thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

    • Thank you, Sara. Using maps of your travels would make lovely souvenirs and reminders.

  7. Blokes can be difficult to make things for, this is clever and practical. Lovely!

    • Thank you. Yes, my husband isn’t into handmade things as much as me, he gets more excited about tech.

  8. What a great idea! You could use a specific place that held memories for your dad. The location of a family vacation, or the birthplace of his parents. Thanks for creating this and sharing!

    • Thank you 😊 My dad once went on a special scientific trip to the Antartic that’s why I used that map for his trinket dish.

  9. I love this idea! Running to get a glass plate now!

  10. I agree–DIY gifts for guys are more challenging. This turned out great! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

    • Thank you. Yeah I can always think of loads of things to make for my girlfriends but with my husband it’s harder.

  11. Great and easy idea! We have a few favorite places I could find on a map to turn into a fun gift like this. Visiting from Happiness Is Homemade party.

  12. The trinket dishes looks so nice. They do make a very nice gift. Especially if you are lucky enough to have a map of a special place.

    • Thank you. Old maps are easy to find on eBay where you can search for one of your favourite places.

  13. Sue

    These are so simple and elegant, Claire, I really like them! Sue x

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