DIY Patriotic Serving Tray




Hey Friends!

I am super excited to show you this Patriotic Serving Tray I made!

I started this project before my trip to Nicaragua, but I just finished it today.  Smile

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I love serving trays, and I love celebrating the 4th of July!  So I thought I would join the two together in this simple DIY project.


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First thing I did was to purchase 10 yard sticks from Lowe’s and spray painted half of them red and half of them white.  I also bought four 1×3 pieces of wood and spray painted them blue.  {Not all of the pieces are picture below.}

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Then I glued the yardsticks with wood glue to a 16×24 inch piece of plywood that I had cut at Lowe’s, and used a jigsaw to trim off the excess pieces.

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Once those were dry, I cut the 1×3’s the same length of each side of the tray bottom.

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We put wood glue on each side and then nailed the 1×3 piece of wood to the tray bottom with a finish nailer.

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CONFESSION:  I did not mean to leave a gap in the wood at each corner.  I accidentally cut the sides too short.  OOPS! Smile

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So I just cut a little piece of wood to fill in the gap.  I made it a little taller so that it looked like I “meant” to do it that way.  I think it adds a little decorative touch, but it certainly is not necessary.


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Next, I drilled holes in each side of the tray to create the handles.

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Here is the rope I got at Lowe’s for the handles.


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Sorry the next picture is grainy.  I took it of myself with my phone.  But I wanted to show you how I just pushed the rope through the hole and tied a knot at the end.

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Then I used a 3M sanding sponge and roughed up the edges of the tray.

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I LOVE the way it turned out!  I will definitely be using this every year.

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You could make it bigger or smaller if you wanted.


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I cut a piece of burlap to put under the plate.  And no, I did not make that dessert.  I went to Krogers to get some stuff to make strawberry shortcake, and then I saw this cupcake in the deli area.

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I ain’t no dummy!  I saved time and money by buying it, and I gave it to my hubby when he got home.  Win-Win.  Smile


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And it made for a pretty picture.  Hee. Hee.


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  1. Beth Moore says:

    Love it, Traci! I think I need to make one in some happy colors to add to the deck decor – which I should go stain!

  2. so cute! love it!!!

  3. Love it — such a happy and festive project and I bet you will use it often! Thanks for sharing, Traci — hope you’re feeling better!
    xo Heidi
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  4. Shirley says:

    This is just too cute. Thanks for sharing.
    I hope you are feeling better. What did the Doctor say you had? God Bless and we are praying for you.

  5. The tray is so cute, Tracy. I haven’t built anything from scratch yet, but this I might be able to tackle. Thanks for the inspiration. :)
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  6. Cute tray! I especially love the added rope handles. Have a great 4th!
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  7. This is so cute! I love the rope handles AND the corner pieces! Sometimes our mistakes make the end result even better! (if only that happened every time, right!?!? haha!)
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  8. Do you remember the paint colors? Lovely

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