Saturday, November 3, 2012

Pallet Thankful Trays

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 then that!! So with that being said I made a few serving trays made from pallet and scrap lumbar 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 some times they are not exactly even so they end up at an approximate length. This is 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 dries 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 then $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 for 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. Thanks for stopping in and reading about my little trays and hoping everyone has a healthy and happy holiday season. Oh, did I mention that I will be spending my Thanksgiving on the French Rivera with all the girl's in my family!!!My oldest daughter is studying her fall semester in college there and we decided to go visit. I can't wait to share this adventure with you. If you would like to see what she has been up to she can be found here. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.



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  1. Nice and functional too! You're making me want to get on my pallet project, going to make some outdoor tables. Saw you at the Meet Me Monday party. Have a great week!

  2. Wow! Great project - great idea for Thanksgiving - just all around...Great! Thanks for sharing - you make it sound easy & I appreciate that! Reia from

  3. Great message, great idea for displaying that message especially when it's useful. Stopping by from Throwback Thursday!!


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