Make a branch handled tray

May 7th, 2012 in projects     
Funky_Junk_Donna Funky_Junk_Donna, member
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The branches are the star of the show in this little tray. They blend in perfectly with the well weathered boards used for this tray.
This little tray, complete with funky mason jar glasses and wooden coasters make for a fun little picnic helper outdoors, or just a pretty centerpiece for the kitchen table.And trust me, it couldnt be easier to make. Heres how.
Cut a reclaimed board in half. Clean and sand well.
Real woodworkers may have a better way, however screwing smaller boards to the underside of the tray boards braced it up wonderfully.
Cut the branches down for handles and supports. Predrill pilot holes to avoid splitting the wood.
Screw the handles and supports together from the top of the handles. Attach the handles from the underside of the tray.
Tadaa!! So easy! But its about to get a whole lot cuter.
I stenciled on a vine design with a wood compliant craft paint. (Martha Stewart Crafts)
The lighter teal tone worked nicely with the rustic wood.
Stencils were used to create some cute matching coasters, cut down from leftover lumber chunks.
Using a wax or clear sealer on the wood is a good idea, although I didnt do this step. Yet.
Stubby mason jars were used for fun drink glasses, complete with junk tied around their necks for extra bling. A great trick for guests to identify their own drinks too!And a fun little set, suitable even for gift giving is born! 

Lets eat! Whoops... need food...
The branches are the star of the show in this little tray. They blend in perfectly with the well weathered boards used for this tray.

The branches are the star of the show in this little tray. They blend in perfectly with the well weathered boards used for this tray.


Bringing outdoor elements in is one of my favorite ways to decorate.

So after rummaging through a friend's burn pile, I landed these amazing branches and came up with a little branch handled tray. I even prettied it up with some stenciling this round! Fancy. :)

 


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Comments (7)

JCo999 writes: Adore this!!! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful, creative project that anyone can do (thanks to your step-by-step instructions)!! :) Posted: 12:13 pm on August 28th
Nester writes: Donna, I am so sorry to say I just saw your idea today...July! I love your idea and your directions are fantastic! What a great mind you have, and your additions of the mason jar glasses (with straws no less) and coasters all tied together with the basket of flowers is FAB!! I am now a forever fan! Posted: 12:18 pm on July 20th
missy_axe writes: what a great idea to use pretty old wood .... love it!!

I am a collector of ball jars and keep finding other great things to do with them ... thanks for the pictures! Posted: 4:14 am on June 13th
MimiToria writes: What a great tray you've created Donna, and I love the Mason Jars that go with it. Too fun for Summer...such creativity oozing out from you. :)
Gretchen Posted: 5:11 am on May 10th
alifemorepalletable writes: Love this! I've been using branches lately in some of my projects- now, I'm inspired to make a tray! Posted: 7:09 am on May 9th
sandyrae writes: beautiful, farmers market season has started and this would be wonderful in my booth. thanks once again for your inspiration and imagination.
Sandy Posted: 7:41 am on May 7th
NDJunkGirl writes: Donna! Love your darling tray! Your instructions are great and the pictures are amazing.

-Andrea Posted: 6:51 am on May 7th
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