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Affordable and stylish, this Kate Spade inspired DIY is the perfect hostess gift!
In our old apartment we had a little side table at our front door, because we had a suspiciously large entryway that we took for granted. Our house does not have this same space. So the first surface you can get to to put things down (i.e. my purse, the mail, my iPhone, my latte – this is particularly annoying for me, as you can tell) is the kitchen counter. And that’s AFTER you take off your shoes and somehow hang up your coat. Unfortunately we also use that same space for mail, and it had become a hot mess of clutter.

I found this Kate Spade New York snail mail tray and immediately wanted it because obviously. But being (casually) budget savvy in light of the biggest purchase of our life, I realized it was out of my league. And then I realized I had Sharpie Paint markers and a DIY spirit, and the rest is history. It’s actually SO easy to DIY this snail mail tray, and while I would never say I hold a candle the greatness that is Kate Spade, for a budget friendly version that’s still sweet (and handy!) it’s a pretty great hostess gift idea!

Depending on your level of perfectionism, there are couple ways to go about this DIY. First, you need a tray. I found mine at Dollarama for $1.50 (nothing is a dollar anymore). If you want straight lines for your gold rim, tape off your angles. I also recommend buying a tray with straight lines – mine is curved on pretty much all angles, so straight was not the word of the day. I liked it a little messy though, so I didn’t bother fixing it up afterwards. That being said – if you screw up, Magic Erasers will clear that up right away! I suggest using the Sharpie Paint Oil markers because they tend to have a stronger colour and they don’t wipe away. I don’t plan on eating off this so I didn’t bake the marker in, but you could. Then it would survive even the dishwasher! I can hand wash my unbaked version no problem though, so it’s still very durable.

If you have nice handwriting, you can freehand the “Mail” label. If you do not (my handwriting is abhorrent) I used a template. I had the words cut out on the Cricut and traced them marker, but you could easily cut them out on vinyl print this on sticker paper and stick it to the mail tray. Not having to worry about food safety gives you many options.

And that’s it! It’s actually really cute – I think the lighting and glare of all those curves makes it hard to photograph, but it’s very sweet and definitely passable as Kate Spade.

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  • How to make a tray. Diy This Kate Spade Inspired Snail Mail Tray For The Perfect Hostess Gift! - Step 1
    Step 1

    If you want your lines to be exact, tape off the edges to get perfectly straight lines.

  • How to make a tray. Diy This Kate Spade Inspired Snail Mail Tray For The Perfect Hostess Gift! - Step 2
    Step 2

    Using your Sharpie markers, draw on your lines. Make sure you don't smudge (a good trick is to give each side a couple minutes to dry before).

  • How to make a tray. Diy This Kate Spade Inspired Snail Mail Tray For The Perfect Hostess Gift! - Step 3
    Step 3

    Use the Mail template to draw the letters on perfectly, or free hand if you have nice handwriting.

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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1432 projects
This is gorgeous, I need one on my desk! Computer

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