DIY cardboard star tray step by step

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DIY cardboard star tray step by step

Do you have some cardboard laying around the house? I’m pretty sure everyone has some cardboard in the house from shoe boxes, or any parcel you might have received, so why not put it for good use and turn it into a piece of art?

Apart from shoe boxes, I have a big cardboard roll that I use for shipping parcels every time I sell something online.

The idea to make a cardboard star tray come up when I actually wanted to buy a wood star tray. Because I couldn’t find one nowhere, I decided to make it myself and experiment with cardboard rather than wood.

The picture below is where I got the inspiration to make this cardboard star tray. My end product is far from what this beautiful wood star looks like, but I’m very pleased with this experiment. The owner of the image is @thefictionfaery on Instagram. You can follow this page to get some more inspiration from this talented lady.

Wood star tray for coffee or jewelleries
image credit Instagram: @thefictionfaery

I hope you will enjoy making this DIY project because is quite a good accessory to keep the jewelleries in order or just to use for Insta worthy images.

Before you start the project help yourself by the video tutorial and pause it every time you complete a step.

Let’s start the tutorial.

Supplies Needed:

  • Cardboard
  • Scale
  • Scissor
  • Cutter
  • Pen or pencil
  • Dark Brown acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Hot glue
CARDBOARD star tray step by step guide

Step One for making the star tray

Cut two pieces of cardboard in 10.5 X 10.5-inch square, then trace a star shape. The star should be big enough and must fit within the square cardboard piece.

You can draw a star shape by hand if your drawing is good or there are hundreds of star templates available for free on the internet. Just download it, print it and trace it on cardboard.

You will need two-star shape cardboards for doubling the lower layer of the star try to make it more sturdy.

trace the star shape on cardboard
easy cardboard star tray

Step Two

Cut two cardboard star shapes.

step two for making a star tray

Now apply hot glue and stick both of the stars with each other.

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Step Three

Now cut 4-5 cardboard strips about 1.5 inches wide and begin to apply these strips around the star.

now cute the cardboard just as shown in the images

Start gluing strip along the edge of first star as showing below.

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proceed to make the shape of the start tray

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Step Four

Now it’s time to paint, you can use any paint of your choice but I’m using dark brown paint to give it a dark wood touch. Paint inside of the tray first and then edges, at the end paint the bottom of the tray.  Let it dry for 30-40 minutes.

now paint the cardboard star tray
cardboard star tray tutorial step by step

Step Five

You can see holes in the cardboard edges. You can either paint them or use paper and glue to cover them. Another alternative is to add acrylic rhinestones, or mini buttons.

DIY cardboard tray for food

We need to cover it so take a large amount of paint on paint brush and apply a thick layer of paint on the edges as showing below:

paint the star tray
paint the edges of the star tray until everything is covered properly

By doing this it will give a smooth edge look to the tray.

By doing this it will give a smooth edge look to the tray.
And the cardboard star tray is now ready

Now let it dry for 3-4 hours and if possible let it dry overnight. If you see that the paint is absorbed by the holes of cardboard edges then apply another thick coat of paint and let it dry.


Is best to use a matte paint as it will give a more realistic wood look and if necessary add another paint layer to achieve the best look.

Now the cardboard star tray is ready!

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6 Responses

  1. Britt Shines says:

    This DIY cardboard star tray would be a nice craft for my daughter and I to do together. Her room is stars and space themed so this would be a perfect addition to hold her jewelry.

    • Maria V. says:

      I’m very glad that you enjoyed this beautiful craft. Is very difficult to find wood star trays, or at least I cannot find here in UK and that’s why I decided to do one myself.

  2. Mady says:

    Very creative…I will do it too
    I always love to make the proper use of wastage and I think everyone should?

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