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DIY rustic tabletop tray

Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, wine, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. ...

Homemade tray that's easy and beautiful

There's no better way to serve food to your family, guests or friends than on a beautiful tray. Am I right? However, some trays can cost upward of $100! Instead of shelling out that much, make your own beautifully rustic wooden tray. Not only does this make a gorgeous tray for serving food or drinks, it can also be used as vintage wall decor when you're done!

tray

The rustic paint job gives this tray some serious vintage charm and will set you back about $80 less than what you'd pay in retail stores! The shims, or wooden panels, used to create the tray are a mere $4 for a pack of 34 at Home Depot, so you can create two custom trays with just one package. The possibilities, color options and stains are endless!

What you'll need:

materials

  • Pack of 34 wood shims
  • Paint or stain color of choice
  • Wood glue
  • Paintbrush

Step 1: Lay shims side by side and glue

Lay 12 shims out side by side. Then place three additional shims horizonally over the 12 shims.

shims

You want one shim covering the bottom half of the board, the top half and the middle. Then, using the wood glue, glue the three shims to the board. To ensure they stick, place a few heavy books over the board and let dry at least an hour.

glue

board

Step 3: Paint board with one to two coats (for a rustic effect)

After the glue has completely dried, paint using your brush and color of choice. You don't want to liberally cover the board because you want it to have that weathered, rustic look, so paint a few strokes over each board, leaving some of the wooden detail exposed.

paint

board

Step 4: Paint four separate shims with the same color paint

While the main board dries completely, take four shims and paint them the same way you did the board, lightly with the paint. I ended up painting a few extra just in case I needed them.

shims2

shim paint

Step 5: Glue four shims around the edge of the board

Once the shims and the board have dried completely, glue the four painted shims to the edges of the board so it creates a border. You'll have to overlap tops and bottoms of the shims at the corners.

glued

Let dry for at least an hour to set.

Step 6: Use or display!

Once the tray has dried, use to serve your favorite drinks or food or display where you'd like!

tray

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