I come from a family of present makers.
If you’ve read this blog for more than one Christmas you know that every year we exchange handmade Christmas presents we make for each other.
Through the years you might have seen several editions of the present exchange.
There was the picture made out of words from my blog.
And the bowl carved out of the tree that fell in the yard.
And the book of love letters from Box 54.
And so many more.
But have you ever noticed that I never post on the blog about what I make?
Umm….there’s a really good reason.
Just between us, most of the time they are a little lame.
Like the year I tried to make handmade soap and it half way melted in the box. Or the year I made arrows and tried to paint them in the car on the way to my mother’s house and they turned out a really random shade of gray that will never be found in nature. Or the year I couldn’t figure out a DIY and threw in the towel and went to Anthropologie and bought candles and these super cute measuring cups and was so all about them that I bought extra gifts just for myself.
But this year.
Truthfully? We brought it.
We made these DIY breakfast trays. You see, in our family we have a tradition that you get breakfast in bed on your birthday or anniversary or if you won a really big basketball game or sometimes just because you are special.
Most of the time the breakfast in bed comes on a cookie sheet with a flower from the yard and breakfast on a fancy dish towel.
But those cookie sheet days are over.
Meet my new breakfast tray.
Want to make your own?
Here’s some easy DIY instructions.
DIY Wood Breakfast Tray Instructions
2 pieces of 1 x 4 x 14.5
4 pieces of 1 x 4 x 24
over-sized hardware handles
Step 1: Cut your boards
The sizes are listed above.
These started out as a length of 1 x 4 at the home improvement store.
You can have them cut the boards for you there from the 1 x 4.
Step 2: Assemble the boards
Place the four boards together and add the shorter board at the end until it looks like this.
If you have your wood cut at the home improvement store, you might want to check it there before you leave to make sure that all of the pieces fit snugly.
Step 3: Screw boards together
On the reverse side of the assembled tray, start at one end and screw the shorter board to the longer board.
We started with one screw for each board and then added the second screw for stability.
Repeat the process on the other end with the other shorter board.
Step 4: Paint your tray
Your tray is almost ready.
The last step is to paint the tray and add hardware.
Here’s the Christmas presents lined up in a row ready to paint.
If you elevate the tray on something like a sawhorse, it makes it so much easier to paint.
Here’s what I used to paint the trays with.
If you haven’t ever used a paint sprayer before and are making your new year’s resolutions, this is the one for you.
It is so easy to use.
And the finish that you get makes the tray look super professional (especially if you are giving them as Christmas gifts).
No brush marks, just an amazing smooth finish.
Here I am using the paint sprayer.
All you have to do is fill up the container with paint and plug it in.
The key to a really great finish is several light coats. Let the paint dry in between coats and lightly sand any places that look rough.
Step 5: Add hardware
I found this hardware in the utility section of the home improvement store.
It came in a variety of finishes, but I chose a nickel plated finish.
Simply screw in the hardware and you’re done.
If you make it as a gift for yourself….
….you just might get breakfast in bed. 🙂
A giant shout out to Homeright whom I adore for sponsoring this post. They make all things possible like chalkboard calendars. All opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure page for more information.
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