First up, this week I am over at Craft Storage Ideas, sharing how you can turn an old armoire into a craft storage space. If you don’t have an entire room to devote to crafting this can be a great solution for you!

And now onto today’s post. Even though I live in Northern Arizona we still can get wet, rainy (and even snowy) weather! And when it isn’t raining, my kids are typically outside playing in the backyard in the water. I don’t like having soggy shoes hanging out all over our entry way, so I came up with a quick, easy and stylish way to turn a cookie sheet into a boot tray.

Supplies needed:

  • Old cookie sheet
  • River rock (mine was purchased from Dollar Tree)
  • Spray paint (optional)
  • Glue gun and plenty of hot glue
Step One:
Here you can see my cookie sheet. It had definitely seen better days. Since I am a hoarder like to upcycle, I knew I could find some other use for it. (If you are purchasing a new cookie sheet for this project and don’t mind the color, the next few steps are optional). The first step was to lightly sand it down. This helps the spray paint to adhere. 

Step Two:
Spray paint your tray in the color of your choice. We have a lot of dark colors in our entry way, so I decided to go with Krylon’s Gloss Leather Brown. Plus, I already had this paint on hand from another project. It may take several coats of paint to get full coverage. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your paint. 

After one coat
Step Three:
After your spray paint has fully dried, you can start gluing on your river rocks. I just applied a small amount of glue to the back of each rock and glued it down. It is sort of like a puzzle to attach the rocks. You want some gaps to allow the water to drip off the bottom of the shoes and for air to circulate, but you don’t want huge gaps between your rocks.

I had some rock on hand, but realized quickly I would not have enough. I ended up having to get 2 or 3 more bags of rocks from Dollar Tree (in the craft section). I also, got tired of gluing so many small rocks, so in the opposite corner from where I started I added larger rocks and slowly incorporated them into the smaller rocks. You want to choose the flatter rocks or your tray will end up being extremely heavy.
Tip: If you get a lot of glue strands, you can take a blow dryer and melt the strands away quickly and easily.

Now you have a place to put all those wet shoes from outside! This project was quick, easy and inexpensive since I had most of the items on hand. Even if you had to purchase all the supplies, it should still cost you under $10 to make!

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