Metal Embossing

Metal Embossed Mandala Tray Upcycle

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Mandala patterns are wonderful to use for metal embossing projects. Our Metal Embossed Mandala Tray up-cycle is a beautiful addition to home decor.

Sometimes it can be a challenge to finish a project.  It’s not that the project itself is hard to do, but circumstances and life tend to get in the way.  For me, it has been this way for the last several months. Today we are sharing an up-cycle project with our Mandala Embossed Mandala Tray.


Mandala hand embossed on gold-colored aluminium embossing foil.


I embossed this beautiful mandala pattern earlier this year. . . just because.   Do you ever do that?  Make something just for the enjoyment or challenge of it, but have no plan as to what you will do with it when you are finished?

You can see the original post on this piece [ here ].

That is exactly what happened with this embossed mandala.   I made it, then tucked it away hoping that someday I’d figure out what I wanted to do with it.

Metal holiday trays.

Earlier this year, my Dad brought over a box full of old metal holiday cookie trays and asked me if I could use them for something.    I happily added them to my growing pile of ‘maybe someday up-cycle’ projects.

And there they sat.   For several months.  Amid a sea of stored boxes and furniture.

First with Daughter #2’s things when she moved in with us for the summer after she graduated from college, until she found a job and her own place.  Then, with my mother-in-laws things after her house was sold and until we could help her set up in her new home.

Next, it was wedding supplies and decorations.  And now, we are storing some of my oldest daughters things until she has a chance to go through it and decide what she is going to keep to be stored in our attic for the next year while she and her new husband take a gap year and travel the world.

This space, my space, has been a revolving door of storage for most of the year.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining at all.  We were and are more than happy to be able to help and store these things for our family.

The end result of all of this is, I just haven’t be able to finish as many projects as I would have liked to this year.   Which brings me back to this project and the box of metal trays that my Dad gave me.

This box of old metal cookie trays couldn’t really be put away because of all the other things we were storing.  I just set it on top of  the other boxes, which made it pretty accessible.   And, I found that I only had to scale three towering mountains of boxes to reach my stash of spray paints and my finished embossed pieces.

Not only that, but if I sucked in my breath, turned sideways and tippy-toed around another pile of boxes and furniture, I could then reach my roll of painters tape!

And so, that is how this project got completed.

I first spray painted a tray using a gloss white.   I wanted to add gold stripes,  so I attached strips of painters tape and then spray painted the tray with metallic gold.

Up-cycled metal tray project.

To finish it off, I glued down my gold embossed mandala in the center.


Mandala patterns are wonderful to use for metal embossing projects. Our Metal Embossed Mandala Tray up-cycle is a beautiful addition to home decor.

I think the tray is the perfect backdrop for this beautiful embossed pattern and it will make a lovely decor piece for my home.

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Mandala patterns are wonderful to use for metal embossing projects. Our Metal Embossed Mandala Tray up-cycle is a beautiful addition to home decor.

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28 Comment

  1. Heart
    December 12, 2015 at 12:15 am

    This is so amazing! You have turned that plate into something elegant and fabulous! Two thumbs up!

    1. Laurie
      December 12, 2015 at 1:40 am

      Thanks so much Heart! Hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season!

  2. Julie's Lifestyle
    December 12, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    Wow Laurie, you made that cookie platter look so pretty and elegant! Enjoy using it! Have a nice weekend too. Julie

    1. Laurie
      December 13, 2015 at 12:37 am

      Thanks so much Julie! Hope you have a nice weekend as well.

  3. Beverly Roderick
    December 13, 2015 at 3:58 am

    The mandala is gorgeous!!! The detail is just stunning. Using the trays for this was such a great idea. They look like the pieces were made for each other.

    1. Laurie
      December 14, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      Thank you Beverly! I do like how this turned out 🙂

  4. Jess
    December 14, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Oh wow…what a neat idea! 🙂

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    1. Laurie
      December 15, 2015 at 11:53 pm

      Thanks Jess! Love linking up with Cooking and Crafting with J&J!

  5. Winnie
    December 15, 2015 at 8:26 am

    OMG – Laurie this is absolutely AMAZING !!!
    It's a work or art It looks like you've spent years(!) making it

    1. Laurie
      December 15, 2015 at 11:53 pm

      Aw, thanks Winnie. lol, I embossed that pattern in an afternoon 🙂

  6. Donna Wirthlin
    December 16, 2015 at 6:43 am

    I love this–a great idea! Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday.

    1. Laurie
      December 16, 2015 at 2:22 pm

      Thanks Donna. Always enjoy your party!

  7. Mary K.- The Boondocks Blog
    December 18, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    This is so beautiful Laurie! I never would have guessed that a snowman was hiding behind this gorgeous tray! Happy Holidays to you my friend!!

    1. Laurie
      December 19, 2015 at 6:12 am

      Thanks Mary! I love a project that can re-purpose something 🙂 Happy Holidays to you as well!

  8. zerry ht
    January 7, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Yeah dear, Mandala is truly very beautiful!! In fact all these crafts are too adorable. I would love to keep all this at my home. Anyway, I also love art and craft. I recently took part in a craft exhibition at Los Angeles venues. The visitors loved my stuff and appreciated me a lot.

    1. Laurie
      January 7, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      Zerry, Thank you so much for your comment, you made my day :). I would love to see some of your work. Happy New Year to you!

  9. Crochet Hooks
    March 7, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    wow what a difference. I have seen these trays at yardsales for pennies and just think of all the ways to decorate them! awesome another reason to hit the yardsales this summer! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Laurie
      March 7, 2016 at 8:22 pm

      Thank you! These trays are easy to find and so fun to decorate 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Kathleen Aherne
    March 9, 2016 at 12:50 am

    You certainly did find the perfect backdrop for your gold embossed mandala. I need to find time to read how you do that it is beautiful.

    1. Laurie
      March 9, 2016 at 7:22 pm

      Thank you Kathleen. It is way easier than it looks 🙂

  11. Sherry Nappa
    March 9, 2016 at 1:10 am

    Great project. The trays turned out to be so elegant. I would never have thought of doing this.

    1. Laurie
      March 9, 2016 at 7:23 pm

      Thanks Sherry!

  12. Jennifer Johnson
    March 11, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    Love how this turned out!! I never would have thought to upcycle trays like this, turned out amazing!

    1. Laurie
      March 12, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      Thanks Jennifer!

  13. Lisa @ A Bride On A Budget
    March 11, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    Wow, Laurie. You turned a boring tray into something beautiful!

    1. Laurie
      March 12, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      Thanks Lisa!

  14. Wendy S
    March 11, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    What a beautiful and elegant use for those old plates! But my favorite part was reading about how you had to squeeze in, out, and around things to actually accomplish this. I could relate all too well!

    1. Laurie
      March 12, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      Thanks Wendy. It has been an interesting year, and now with all the boxes and furniture moved . . . there is a canoe instead. I'll get my space back eventually 🙂

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