How To Make A Decorative Tray

5 Materials
1 Hour

Decorative trays are hands down some of my favorite home decor pieces.

This poplar board was in the remnant bin at my Home Depot. If you don't get lucky and find a pre-cut board close to the size you're looking for, you or a Home Depot associate can cut it down to the desired length.

I made sure to get enough of the 3" poplar trim pieces to go all the way around the outside of my board.

Originally I purchased different hardware to use as handles, but then I remembered these drawer pulls. I used them in my nursery makeover and had some leftover. Since I love them so much, I decided to go ahead and use them here.

For the feet, I wanted something a little bit "mid-century" with a round tapered foot. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find exactly what I was looking for in store, but Amazon came in clutch and I was able to snag these cute little guys. They come in two different sizes, I ordered both and decided once they were here. The 2.5" ones were perfect!

After gather all my supplies, I cut the skinny poplar boards to the desired length. I cut the end of each piece with a 45 degree miter so that that it would have nice professional looking edges.

Using my all time favorite tool ever, my cordless nailer. I attached the sides to the bottom of my tray and then glued the feet on using liquid nails.

Initially, I planned to stain the tray, and then randomly I found some black paint in the house right before starting this project. Naturally, I changed my mind and decided to paint it instead.

Attach your handles, and you're done.

The possibilities are endless, and you can style this baby up to your hearts content.

Since my children both decided naptime was over riiiiight before I was ready to take reveal photos, I decided to use them as props.

Doesn't that just melt your heart though!?!? 

Suggested materials:

  • 1" x 12" POPLAR BOARD, in desired length
  • 1/2" x 3" x 4' POPLAR BOARDS
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Sydney Dawson
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