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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.
    1. 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

    1. 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

    1. 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

    1. 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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Patti Y.

Monday 6th of January 2020

What a fabulous idea! I will be heading to the dollar store tomorrow to pick up a glass dish. Yours turned out beautiful! My husband is so into maps, as he was a Geography major in college, so this is just perfect for him. I can’t wait to make one for him! How long did the entire project take you to make? Thank you, Patti

Claire Armstrong

Monday 6th of January 2020

Thank you, it only takes about 30 mins to make one of these. My husband has one on his best side table for his loose change and keys.


Tuesday 12th of June 2018

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

Claire Armstrong

Tuesday 12th of June 2018

Thank you, Susanne.


Wednesday 23rd of May 2018

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

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 23rd of May 2018

Thank you, I had fun making them.

Caro | The Twinkle Diaries

Monday 21st of May 2018

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

Claire Armstrong

Monday 21st of May 2018

Thank you, I do think they make a lovely fathers day present.

Victoria Higham

Friday 18th of May 2018

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

Claire Armstrong

Friday 18th of May 2018

Thank you so much.