When gardening, “do you ever just find yourself with more plants than your hands can carry?”
The other day I was in the garden moving small plants one by one and thought wouldn’t be great if I had a tray to help transport this mess. Kind of like a serving tray but something for gardening?
Over the weekend this thought inspired workshop activity where I made a garden planting tray. This project is similar to the tray I made earlier this year but a little bigger and less detailed, find that one here.
This is a super easy project made with just a few materials, things you may already have. The tray base included 6 ft. cedar fence boards, reclaimed or scrap wood could also work. I’m not focusing so much on measurements because you should build a garden tray according to your own needs. A drill or screw driver and a saw is necessary to complete this project.
- 2 six ft. cedar fence boards
- 12 Screws – size 1 1/4
- Garden Handles – Hobby Lobby
- Garden Stencils from Old Sign Stencils – get here
- Black Chalk Paint
- Stencil Brush, Painters tape and small piece of wood for paint
Start by cutting the boards and sand if necessary. I used 3 pieces of wood for the tray base because I wanted something that could handle my mess. Cut each one at 2.5 ft. and the cross-handle boards were around 17 inches. Remember these measurements can be adjusted because you should design according to your needs.
Stencil Before Connecting the Tray
Line up each board and stencil first, it’s much easier to transfer before you connect. I used two stencils beginning with the garden one first. For complete details on stenciling click here.
I’ve used this garden stencil a lot so its seen better days, in fact the “Welcome to my” part is pretty much toast. I decided to mix and match my impressions which made me realize I needed to cover up those extra words with painter’s and attach the stencil directly to the wood. This works great and it’s easy to remove afterwards.
Once the first application was dry I brought over the Potting Shed stencil to use the small lettering, “Tours Until Dusk” this is something I really like about Old Sign Stencils you can mix and match which opens the door for additional ideas.
The transfer was really quick and after I was finished I let the boards dry for about 30 minutes.
Garden Tray Assembly
To assemble the garden tray connect using a drill or screw driver and if you have an additional board use that to help line everything up. This just helps place the handles correctly and keeps the boards straight; I normally mess up here because the boards have a tendency to move. The “Garden” word expands between two board so it’s important they get connected properly.
This tray style is a little different from the other one I made because the end boards are wider and they over hang. This allows for additional room to set small things like scissors or label sticks.
- Attach the handles from the front one at a time and then flip the tray face down; it won’t lay flat because of the handles and that’s okay. The goal is to make sure those tops boards are connected so the stencil letters line up.
- Next, we attach each board from the underneath to the side boards using screws
- Once the tray was assembled I stenciled additional leaves on the rest of the tray.
In about less than an hour the project is finished and you’ll be ready to use this new tray to transport plants from one area to another. I absolutely love it and what a fantastic tool this will be when I’m establishing all those startle gardens at the new property.
This project also works great with the Garden Caddy and you know what? I think I may need to build a custom wagon to pull it all together. What do you think?
That was really fun and a great way to pass the time on a rainy afternoon, so grab some wood and make yourself a Gardening Plant Tray.