I can’t believe that another holiday season is upon us already, I know that for many it’s all about Christmas but I have to say that Thanksgiving has always been my favorite day of the year. A day to just spend time with your family and friends and EAT!! What can be better than that!! So with that being said, I made a few serving trays made from a pallet and scrap lumber boards.
The tray was made from three boards on the bottom about 22-24″ long. Yes, my sizes are approximate since my cutting skills are still under construction and sometimes they are not exactly even so they end up at an approximate length. These are the boards that were painted a rough white and then I stencil all my designs and lettering to then be painted on. The leaves and these black letters are stencils.
I then just trace around with a pencil and hand paint the design and lettering. The end board I stained, just to give them a rustic character and a different look from the rest of the boards.
After the stencil and lettering dry, I attached the bottom boards to the handle boards with liquid nails. Sorry, I don’t have a picture of this step but its basically just applying the liquid nails and letting it sit overnight to set. I also add small square boards for little feet so the tray is not sitting directly on the table.
After all, is dried the last step is applying the handles. These I bought at Home Depot in the cabinet hardware section for less than $2.00 a piece, so as you can see it was a very inexpensive project to make. I also made several at one time but made them in different back round colors and motifs.
This was really a simple project and can be accustomed to any occasion. Yes, I am working on a Christmas and New Years’ design. These make great handmade gifts- and can also be propped on a mantle for display in your holiday decor.