DIY Serving Tray
Did you get to follow my Insta-Stories last weekend? I made the neatest DIY serving trays. The best part is that they were under $30 FOR 2 and by doing it myself, the colors were exactly what I was going for (without all the shopping around for a tray that was just the right fit)!
Ya’ll I was so stoked with how these turned out…& with so many options to choose from, you can really keep it simple or go all out! I have to admit, this is probably one of my favorite DIY’s, simply because I just love that I made it and it’s so personal. Plus I can just see myself cozy in bed with one of these serving trays, a cup of tea (some cookies!) & my bible stacked on top, soft music playing, writing out my prayer cards for the week (ohh, by the way, see below to get your free copy of printable prayer cards)…ok, let me finish this post so I can hurry up and make this happen!
So I’ve seen the variety that use the chalkboard paint, cute handles and even some with crown molding-and I love them all. But for this project I went with two colors, and some rope. I figured this would be a really simple start, then I could build on from there. So I have to tell you something, and please don’t be mad, but now that they’re done, I’m really looking forward to fall. I know, I know…we’re a long ways off! But the timing is perfect for getting ready for my Harvest Party! I like to get a head start (or giant leap) on all the prepping, and these DIY serving trays are the first step.
Materials to get started:
- Piece of wood **choose whatever size and variety of wood that pleases you
- Spray paint **same as above, go crazy!
- Rope **or fancy schmancy handles
- Painters tape
- Staple gun (or another preferred method to attach your handles)
***You’ll also need a drill
- I marked off (first with a ruler, then with the painters tape) where I wanted the colors to be different
- I marked off where I wanted my holes to go
- Drill holes
- Paint (be sure to get the edges too)
- Use a staple gun to attach the rope to the board underneath
**As you can see I don’t talk tech or too much measuring, and I don’t do projects that require me to. I mostly do projects that allow room for a lot of free-handing & error! Ya’ll, just pick a project, go with the flow, and learn from my step by step photos above & tips below. I mean really, I’m not serving the Queen of England on these trays! Although with how lovely they turned out, I wouldn’t hesitate!
- Well I learned that you’ll need to protect your hands with gloves. You’ll have to handle your painted wood a bit and if you’re not waiting hours between coats, you WILL get paint on you.
- I also learned that if you’re using spray paint, you may have to get creative with the how you alternate the coats of color. Meaning when I painted starting with the inside block that I marked off, I noticed that after I moved on to paint the outside edges, the inside block had a bit of staining from the outside color. So here’s how I handled that: Paint the inside block with 2 coats, then the outside block with 2 coats. When those were dry, I used the painters tape to protect the outside block again, then painted a 3rd coat on the inside block (covering up any staining that may have happened). Whew! got that? If not, then use paint and a brush rather than spray paint.
If you don’t have time to scroll through Pinterest to find these DIY serving trays, no problem, I gotcha! Head over & check out my pinterest boards where I’ve pinned more like this! Have fun and share with me what your crafting via Instagram @with.giggles.grace