DIY Serving Tray for the Coffee Lover

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Man, it’s so crazy that November is closer to being finished that being started. I honestly feel like time is moving at an unreasonably fast pace. We’ve been working behind the scenes on a few things that we’ll show you in good time… but for now, we’re focused on our Christmas list and making sure we get all our presents for our family wrapped and parcelled off in good time. Last year, it was a scramble!

We’re on another easy DIY gift giving kick today – last one we did was for pet owners, now this one is a DIY Serving Tray for the Coffee Lover.Β This little gift is one you can whip up in an afternoon. Promise.

And don’t forget this is a link-up, so there are a bunch of other great DIY gift ideas at the bottom of this post too! All by fabulous Canadian bloggers πŸ™‚16-DIY-Christmas-Gift-Ideas

Here’s what I used to create this sweet personalized tray. Perfect for a hostess gift, a secret santa, your sister, your mother… yourself! πŸ™‚

First things first, cut your boards or have them cut for you at the hardware store. Then assemble your tray. Affix the short 1x2s to the short ends of your large board using wood glue first and then nails. Then once those are on, attach your longer boards to the outsides using the same method.DIY Coffee Tray Supplies

I wanted my tray to look a bit shabby chic, so once my tray was assembled, I went over the edges with a bit of black chalk paint.


Use black and white paint to get a shabby chic look

How to get a shabby chic look with black paint

Then two coats of white chalk paint. (I used Pure White by Annie Sloan).

Now, if you want to, you can just add your hardware and be done – but I wanted it to be a little more fun! So I hopped over to the Graphics Fairy and found this adorable vintage coffee typography print.

Here’s the trick! I printed it out on wax paper! I’d seen this method online a bunch of times, but I was skeptical. I figured if it was a big mess, I could just sand it down and start again.

This is how it works. Cut wax paper to the exact size of your regular sized printer paper and make sure your print-out design is sized properly. MAKE SURE YOU REVERSE YOUR IMAGE. Feed your wax-lined paper into the printer tray and print as normal!How to use Wax Paper to transfer an image onto wood

Let it sort of dry for a few seconds so the ink doesn’t smear and then place your designed wax paper onto your (in this case) tray and use a credit card or something to smooth it down.Use Wax Paper to Transfer Vintage Typography onto Painted Wood

Remove your paper and there is your design! Amazing, right?Wax paper transfer onto wood tray

I went back over a few places with a light hand and a lead pencil. Then I added the hammered metal hardware to the sides of the tray.

Then just seal it with some clear top coat to protect it from heat and what not and you’re good to go πŸ™‚How to Transfer Graphics onto Wood using Wax PaperEven though this project has nothing to do with the holidays, it has put me in the festive mood. I even brought out our winter coffee mugs πŸ™‚Β DIY Coffee Tray with Wax Paper Transfer Graphics


Build your Own Serving TrayI love that the vibe of this tray goes perfectly with our DIY recovered storage ottoman. It it still one of my very favourite projects to date. I guess I’m a sucker for big chunky plaids.

DIY Rustic Serving Tray

So what do you think? Willing to try out the wax paper transfer technique? I’m definitely going to try it again on something else. I think with a few more tries, I can master the it.Transfer Graphics onto Wood Using Wax Paper

Don’t forget, this is a link up! Make sure to visit all these other Canadian bloggers who are sharing their Handmade Gifts too πŸ™‚

DIY Maple Candle (A Roots Knockoff) from Vin’yet Etc.

Homemade Candied Citrus Peel from Personally Andrea

Hand Lettered Ornaments from Lemon Thistle

Christmas Breakfast Gift Basket from Craftberry Bush

Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar from Sustain My Craft Habit

Cashew Coconut Brittle from Life Is A Party

DIY Serving Tray for the Coffee Lover from DIY Passion

DIY Cookie Cutters from PMQ For Two

Christmas Cupcake in a Jar from The DIY Mommy

DIY Growler Carrier With Dry Erase Label from Hello Creative Family

DIY Wood Slice Ornaments from The Sweetest Digs

Galvanized Letter Tree from New House New Home

DIY Animal Bookends from Lifeovereasy

Industrial Watch Holder from Love Create Celebrate

DIY Gifts for the New Mom from Fresh Crush

Homemade Barbecue Spice Meat Rub Gift from Time With Thea

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