Custom Rolling Tray - What To Use When You Don't Have A Rolling Tray

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Rolling a blunt has become a lost art, with less and less stoners knowing how to roll. With blunt rollers and pre-rolls, no one really has the time anymore but rolling a blunt is one of the best ways to consume cannabis and there are plenty of benefits to smoking a blunt.

But those who are familiar on how to roll know that the best rolled blunts are ones with the ideal setup. To properly roll you need the rolling paper (swisher sweet or backwoods are the most popular), a weed grinder, the cannabis, and most importantly a rolling tray.

To properly roll you need a hard, flat surface to spread out the paper and comfortably sprinkle the cannabis into the paper. It's an underrated part of the rolling process and a lot of stoners don't even use rolling trays, preferring to wing it or use other methods.

Today we are going to be talking about those alternatives and which ones work best and why. So stay tuned and keep reading!

What is a rolling tray?

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A rolling tray is exactly what it sounds like. It is a small tray used for rolling a joint or blunt. The flat, rectangular tray is used to prevent any mess and provide you with a solid surface to roll comfortably. It is also ideal for holding all the gear you need, such as the grinder, weed container, and papers.

To roll on a rolling tray, all you need is to cut the blunt wrap down the middle, empty the contents and lie the paper flat on the rolling tray. Once you grind the cannabis, slowly sprinkle it on the flat blunt until it is full. Once the contents are emptied, slowly close the blunt wrap and seal it with water or saliva and seal it again with a lighter.

Why do I need a rolling tray?

A rolling tray is a one of a kind accessory that every stoner needs in their repertoire. Its not only inexpensive but it is extremely easy to use and it makes rolling so much easier. Instead of making a mess with weed crumbs or uneven sealing.

Rolling trays make the process mess free and allow you to roll anywhere, without the need of a table or hard surface.

Custom trays

Custom trays are sometimes the best option when you don't have an actual rolling tray or you don't want to spend the money to purchase one. A good rule of thumb for using a makeshift rolling tray is to make sure its a hard, solid surface, somewhere you can lie the rolling paper flat on the ground and something you can place your other smoking accessories in.

If you don't have your own rolling tray or you don't want to purchase one, we've got you covered. Here are some DIY rolling trays that have similar technologies as a standard rolling tray. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to create your own rolling tray.

Cardboard box

Most people have cardboard boxes lying around their homes or have easy access to one. Cardboard boxes are perfect rolling trays because they are a solid surface and are wide enough to hold all of your smoking accessories. Since it is cardboard, you can create a custom design with an marker or paint you have on you to add to the smoking experience.

Cardboard boxes are also flimsy and easy to carry around with you, so you don't have to worry about making room for it.

Laminated paper

Laminated paper is a durable and reliable option for a DIY rolling tray. First, you don't have to worry about getting it dirty or wet, the laminate protects the cover from all external mishaps. It also provides a smooth surface for you to comfortably roll without the use of a hard surface.

Since its literally paper its thin and can fit anywhere in your set up. And its extremely easy to use. It might not be as easy to get as a cardboard box but it is still a solid option for a rolling tray.


Everybody has magazines or books at home. Books/magazines make excellent rolling trays because they are durable and they provide a good surface area. Unlike the laminated paper or the cardboard box, books are more durable and less flimsy, so they are able to hold the weight of all your smoking gear.

Magazines are a little more flimsy but are wide enough to hold all your accessories comfortably. Its like they were customized to improve how you roll.

Cookie Tin Cover

Cookie tin covers are some of the most diverse items on this list. Cookies aren't the only thing these things are used for, but rather make good carrying cases for all types of knickknacks and even your smoking accessories.

Cookie tin covers are the most unbreakable of the items on this list and are the most like a traditional rolling tray. You can find these covers at any store and it is affordable, much like any item on this list.


Frisbees are mainly used for throwing around and are the only circular item on this list. A custom rolling tray are its finest, the plastic its made from is designed to be thrown around and hours of wear and tear so you can bet it will never let you down.

Frisbees have less of a surface area but the plastic and the fact you can find it anywhere makes it an even better option if you're ever in a bind to find a rolling tray.


Like laminated paper, the surface of a folder prevents any mess but the flimsiness might be its only drawback. Folders are almost the perfect rolling tray, with a wide surface area, thin enough to fit anywhere, and ready to use at any time.

Whether you roll in a car, a random parking lot, or on the couch, a folder will save you a lot of headaches by being a reliable rolling tray.

Where can I buy a rolling tray?

If you're convinced you need a real rolling tray and you're willing to spend money on one, try Slyng has partnered with some of the most trusted names in the industry and offers awesome giveaways on their site, giving you great savings on top-selling products.

If you don't want to spend the cash, we gave you some great alternate options for rolling trays. Either way, you can't go wrong.

What to use as a custom tray - Final thoughts

So there you have it some great reasons to make your own rolling tray. But if you’re not feeling so crafty, no worries!

We’ve got you covered with a variety of stylish and durable trays that will help keep your smoking experience elevated. Be sure to check out our other articles for more tips and information on all things cannabis.