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Here I am ready to share another this fun DIY wood serving tray project. This one is super easy and cheap! What a way to add a farmhouse touch! I was able to put this together in about 20 minutes out of wood scraps! The finish took a little longer because ya know, paint needs to dry between coats. Otherwise I would have finished this in record time! This is a perfect little gift for anyone! Isn’t it cute?

DIY Farmhouse Style Wood Serving Tray



Let me show how I made it!

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DIY Wood Serving Tray

Materials

  • 1×4 whitewood board
  • Wood Glue*
  • Brad Nailer* (or hammer and finish nails) I used 1 1/4″ nails
  • Sander* or Sand Paper, whatever grit you have on hand
  • Cabinet/Drawer Handles (these are so cute!!)
  • Drill and wood screws to attach the handles
  • Hand or Electric Saw (or have your wood cut at your local home improvement store)

First cut your 1x4s at 18″. You will need 4 pieces

DIY wood serving tray. Make it out of wood scraps!

Then glue the boards together with a line of glue at the seams. Piece of cake, right?

DIY wood serving tray. Make it out of wood scraps!

For the end pieces, measure the width of your tray and cut 2 pieces to size.

Mine measured 13 3/4″.

DIY wood serving tray. Make it out of wood scraps!



Attach the end pieces using glue, then reinforce with nails. If you don’t have a nail gun, hammer and finish nails will do!

DIY wood serving tray. Make it out of wood scraps!

I made sure I nailed from the top to each board underneath.

DIY wood serving tray. Make it out of wood scraps!

That’s all there is to the build part!! Easy!

For the finish, I first gave it a quick sanding. And I mean quick. I don’t like sanding 🙁

DIY wood serving tray. Make it out of wood scraps!

Then I gave it a coat of stain. I would have preferred a walnut color, but driftwood is all I had on hand, leftover from the IKEA look alike bench I builtI was determined not to spend much on this project so I went with it.

DIY wood serving tray. Make it out of wood scraps!

Here it is after a coat of stain

DIY wood serving tray. Make it out of wood scraps!

After the stain was dry I gave a coat of white latex paint I had on hand, leftover from my barstool build. I love using up stuff I already have!

Here it is after the first coat. I ended up giving it two coats.

DIY wood serving tray. Make it out of wood scraps!

After the second coat was dry I gave it a little sanding. This time I sanded by hand so I could have a little more control. I sanded the edges and all over until the stain underneath peaked through and it had a dirty enough look.

nailer (or hammer and finish nails)

Yep, that’s dirty enough 🙂

DIY wood serving tray. Make it out of wood scraps!

I finished it off with two coats of polyurethane.

nailer (or hammer and finish nails)

Then I attached these cute handles I bought at Hobby Lobby. On sale for $5 a pair. Holla!

DIY wood serving tray. Make it out of wood scraps!

And that’s it! You’re done. I ended up giving this wood serving tray away as a gift. I think I want to make another one for myself 🙂

DIY wood tray. Build using wood scraps!

DIY Wood serving tray. Build it out of wood scraps!

If you like this easy wood serving tray, be sure you check the awesome chalkboard serving tray Beverly made a while back!

Easy Chalkboard Serving Tray
Easy Chalkboard Serving Tray

And if you still have wood scraps, check out other ideas below, from our friends!

Be sure and share this with anyone you think might like it! Pin it, tweet it, and when you have time, build it!

Build away!

~Janice

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This Post Has 17 Comments

  1. This is the cutest tray!!! Even I could make this one by myself! Lol!! ?

    1. Thank you Sarah!

  2. Love this project! It looks great and doesn’t seem to be too difficult for someone like me who’s powertool challenged 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty! Hope to see you again!

    1. Thanks Lydia!

  3. I love how your tray turned out! The jute handles are a perfect touch!

    1. Thank you Sam!! I love those handles 🙂

  4. Janice, Thanks so much for stopping over and sharing your project with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Love how this turned out and I agree the jute on the handles is the perfect touch! Looks great on your table too. Pinning to share 🙂

    1. Thanks Laurie! I aporeciate the shares! 🙂

  5. Hi Janice! I just stumbled over here from Stumble Upon (see the pun there, LOL) But this is such a cute project! You did an awesome job on this tray. So functional too – love it! Have a great weekend, my friend! xo, Christy 🙂

    1. Hey Christy! Thanks for stumbling by 🙂 I’m so glad you liked the tray!!!

  6. This ;little board tray is perfect for all sorts of settings. I think it would be gorgeous longer over the tub, or along the center of a tablescape. I love it.

    Sharing on Facebook. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Thank you so much Leanna! Those are great ideas! I’m glad you liked it and thank you for sharing!

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