We’ve been accumulating scrap wood so I decided to make a box style serving tray to serve drinks. I made this project twice and found it was the smaller tray that turned out the best.
All together this was pretty easy and it was the stencil detail that slowed things down.
It took a couple hours to complete before I took a moment to say, “what a wonderful world…” Don’t you just love that song?
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Building and Base Painting Supplies
Cutting dimensions are your own, just remember the bottom of the tray was three boards wide at equal height. The exterior end boards were the same width as the bottom ends and the additional two exterior boards close in the entire base.
Any type of wood will work and it’s possible to just go with a single flat board for the bottom; that would make assembly a breeze and speed things up.
- Gather or purchase wood for the entire tray.
- Measuring tape and pencil.
- Table saw to cut wood.
- Drill for Pilot Holes. Learn more here.
- Finishing nails and hammer.
- Dixie Belle Paint – Champagne pink and Bunker Hill Blue
- Paint Brush and rag
To get started cut and sand each piece of wood. Those small pieces of wood were going to be used for handles but later changed my mind because the tray didn’t need handles.
Dry brush painted the bottom boards with the champagne pink. This is a wonderful color and the pink is very faint but offers this nice lift of color to help accent the stencil transfer.
Stencils options are endless and my plan was to incorporate a little natural beauty with a positive message.
Both are easy to use and will clean up is fast when using Dixie Belle paint. Don’t let the stencils sit for very long because they’re always easier to clean right after each use. Get my cleaning tips here.
I used a combination of colors for the hydrangea stencil and there was a lot of taping involved to get a colorful transfer. If you’re new to stenciling you can get my stencil instructions here.
- First fill in the leaves – I used Evergreen and then went over with Palmetto.
- Then I filled in the stems with Coffee Bean
- Finished the flower with Blueberry and Bunker Hill Blue.
Working with Dixie Belle paint is an absolute joy because it’s so easy to use for home decor projects. It dries fast, transfers beautifully and it’s very easy to clean up.
I’d like to encourage you to give it a try because it’s truly an amazing paint for small and large projects. Purchase Dixie Belle paint here.
When it came time to transfer a “Wonderful World” I used Coffee bean and I also stretched out the letters so they wouldn’t be close together. I even left off some of the stencil off because there was a lot going on and things needed simplifying.
Once the transfer was finished it was time to gather boards and begin assembly.
- Drill three pilot holes on each end board.
- Attached to end boards with finishing nails and hammer.
- Take the long exterior boards and drill two holes on each end and one in the bottom center.
- Attach to each board and repeat to the opposite side.
- Add more finishing nails for a stronger tray.
This is such a fun project and it would make a fantastic workshop. Check out my book, Make and Take Workshops where you can turn your craft into cash. Get it here!
The smaller box serving tray came together better than my first attempt and now I no longer have to juggle dishes when serving beverages, which is always a good thing.
When you’re not using the tray, they look nice sitting against a kitchen counter wall or set on a table as part of a display. Make your own tray and think to yourself, what a wonderful world….