One of my favorite things about DIY life are the projects that come together out of need and are super easy to build. This is one of those days. We aren’t going super fancy, just uber practical with this quick & easy wood tray. The best part? It cost less than $8 to make!
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How to Make a Quick & Easy Wood Tray
Jordan made this tray one afternoon to help me corral my things in the dining room. Since he wanted to make it super simple, he opted to do something different than my other favorite wood tray.
His time cutting trick was to use one single board for the bottom rather and several 1″x 3″ boards! We used an 8″ board, which was perfect for the dining room table. It wasn’t too narrow or too wide, just right for Goldilocks over here. 😉
I’ve always been a little cautious when it came to dining room centerpieces solely because we actually eat in the dining room every night! I never wanted to move lots of stuff every night and put it back after dinner.
And that led to using a tray. Each night I can pick it up, move it, and pop it back in place in just a few seconds.
Real life is just pushing our things out of the way, enjoying dinner, enjoying our evenings, and then remembering to clean up afterwards. 🙂
Supplies Used for the Quick & Easy Wood Tray
- 1″ x 8″ board
- 1″ x 3″ Board
- Pocket Hole Screws
- Stain (I used a coat of this & this )
- Matte Polycrylic
Make Your Cuts
Determine the size you’d like for the tray. Then, cut down your 8″ board to the preferred length. For reference, to make my tray a total length of 36″, my board is 34.5″ in length.
Once you’ve cut your board to length, measure how long your sides need to be in length. Your long sides will be the length of the board and the short sides will be the board width + 1.5 inches in length.
**Bad blogger: I definitely didn’t get a chance to photograph the steps because it didn’t take longer than 15-20 minutes to put together! By the time I was done helping the kids with something, Jordan was already staining!**
Assemble Your Tray
Soften the edges with an orbital sander.
Finish with Stain
Once you have your tray assembled, stain it to your preference. I used one coat of Early American wood stain and a second coat of Kona wood stain. I wanted to use up leftover stain from old projects so I combined the coats to find the color that worked well for us.
Once the stain dries, top it with one coat of stain polycrylic to seal in the stain.
The width is perfect for a dining room table. I took some leftover decor and placed it in the tray. Insta-table thrown together in just a few minutes! The best part? 90% of it is a garland from Target. I didn’t have to do any crafty work.
Now, the table looks perfectly ready for Christmas and my DIY wreaths look a little less lonely!
Total Cost: less than $8!
I am in love with how easy this tray is to make! Simply make a few cuts and piece it together.
Enjoy an easy DIY win and a really nice piece of decor!
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