DIY Wood Decor Tray [Easy Gift Idea]



Our new DIY Diva, Jessica, made this beautiful tray for me with just a few materials and very little time.

It’s perfect for a coffee table or even your dining table.

Want to make one, too?

Here’s how to do it!


DIY Tray-Making Process

Purchase a round piece of sanded wood at your favorite hardware store, in the size you prefer. 

Sand it, even if it’s already pre-sanded.

Purchase and use Jacobean stain and rub it in with paper towels. Simple!


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Add two coats of matte polyurethane, using a foam brush. Wait 12 hours between coats for thorough drying. 


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Next, it’s time for handle placement. I chose handles from Hobby Lobby that looked shabby chic. To place them, mark with a Sharpie where you want your handle holes to be located. Drill the holes.

(Helpful Hint: If you don’t have the right size drill bit, drape a towel over the handle and use a hammer!)

Take a matching piece of wood and lay it underneath, lining it up perfectly. Use 1 inch screws to ensure that the tray sits perfectly flat.

Another option is to use felt and glue it.

Total cost: About $50, for everything. If you already have stain or poly, the price plummets.

Total time spent: About an hour, not counting the drying time. 

Make this and you’re guaranteed to get questions about where you bought such a gorgeous tray!


With Christmas fast approaching, this would be an awesome gift, too! 

Pin to make later!


(Did you miss Jessica’s macro tracking experience? Read it here!)

(Looking for other DIY trays? Here ya go!)

(Would you rather purchase a similar tray? Here’s a great product!)


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