DIY Wooden Tray for Decor or Gifts

12 Materials
2 Hours
Wooden trays are easy to build and customize to use in your home. They also make great gifts. Mother's Day idea? Trays corral clutter and add texture and color to your room design.
Check out the tutorial on our blog for plans and instructions on three different designs of trays. It won't be long before you can stand back and admire your creation.
Gather some plywood, molding, or other wood and cut to size according to plans. A table saw makes cutting the plywood bottom easy.
Measure and miter cut the long and short edges of your tray. Then, make sure to sand all your pieces before you begin assembly.
Now, apply wood glue and use a nail gun and brad nails to attach the sides of your tray. Fill the nail holes and any other imperfections and sand again.
Measure and drill holes for hardware. Depending on your design, you may want to use pulls or even rope handles.
It's time to get colorful! Paint your tray a color of your choice. If you are using old wood, you may choose to leave your tray natural.
Via our blog, you will find free agate printables, courtesy of Canon. Printing on photo paper is recommended for this project.
Cut your printable to size. Make sure to watch the video for tips on making this process easy. Use Mod Podge to attach your paper to the bottom of the tray.
For our tray, we chose to layer a resin on top of the printable. Mix according to directions. Our blog video will show you all the steps for applying your resin.
Finished product! It turned out so cute. What a great way to organize and add a pop of color.
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Assorted molding and wood pieces
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