DIY Rustic Geometric Tray

10 Materials
5 Hours

Create a beautiful rustic wooden tray from leftover wood. First you need to roughly decide on the pattern you want on your tray and the size. You don't need all the pieces straight away, you can play around and cut them as you go. This way you can create a unique design. Follow these simple steps and re-create this rustic tray for your home.

diy rustic geometric tray

Cut out a piece of ply larger than your tray and divide it in four equal squares, then mark it. This will allow you to easy create a pattern, remember what you do in one square you will recreate in the other three squares. Each piece will be cut 4 times for each square.

diy rustic geometric tray

I used some leftover wood, which was roughly 4cm wide.

diy rustic geometric tray

These are the three main shapes you will need, you can then mix and match them as you wish. All angles are cut at 45 degrees.

diy rustic geometric tray

start assembling your pieces and glue them in place. Start from the centre and glue the pieces in all 4 squares in the exact way to recreate the pattern. Use brad nail gun to secure them in place.

diy rustic geometric tray

continue with the pattern, remember you can change the pieces around if you are not 100% happy.

diy rustic geometric tray

once all pieces are in place, measure the tray and mark it to cut off the edges.

diy rustic geometric tray

using a jigsaw remove extra length and cut it square.

diy rustic geometric tray

Tape and paint as you wish. I used dark grey for the accents, white paint and clear and dark wax.

diy rustic geometric tray
diy rustic geometric tray

create a frame around the tray and glue/nail it in place. Once dry I added some dark wax.

diy rustic geometric tray
diy rustic geometric tray
diy rustic geometric tray
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1 question
  • Dka27519972
    on Jun 11, 2019

    Beautiful work. I love this. Is there a way to keep the brads/nail heads from showing? Maybe some nail filler that will stain nicely?

    • Just using wood glue is sufficient for this project but I wanted a bit of a rustic look so added nails, thanks everyone!

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