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. This little gift is one you can whip up in an afternoon. Promise.
Here’s what I used to create this sweet personalized tray. Perfect for a hostess gift, a secret santa, your sister, your mother… yourself! 🙂
- solid pine board cut to 17″x11.5″*
- finished pine 1x2s in two lengths, two @ 11.5″ for the short ends, two @ 19″ for the long ends
- Ryobi Air Striker nail gun or a small hammer and brad nails
- wood glue
- paint and brush (I used black and white chalk paint)
- laser ink jet printer
- wax paper
- handles or hardware
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.
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.
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!
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 🙂Even 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 🙂
I 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.
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