diy serving tray

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I recently saw this amazing tray from Up in the Air Somewhere on Etsy, and fell immediately in love.  So when Mr. Lovely came home with two wooden wine boxes and told me he wanted to do something fun with them, I knew just the thing.

Mr. Lovely did the manly stuff first, and took the trays to a buddy’s workshop to use his jigsaw.  He took them apart and cut the sides down, then finessed the ends into handles.  Like magic.  Somehow.  I dunno, you’d have to ask him.

Anyway!  Fast forward to Mr. Lovely handing the project off to moi.  I lined the bottom of each tray with plain white contact paper, and then ordered a roll of this awesome metallic gold tape to stripe it with.  I placed the stripes at random angles, only being sure to leave each strip of tape equidistant from the next.  Finally, I used an X-Acto knife to trim and clean the edges of the contact paper and tape.

Here you go!  Servin’ it up hot and fresh on my killer new trays.  xoxo

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  1. Wow, these came out so well! I love the chevron pattern and how you re-purposed those wine boxes! 🙂

  2. I love your not-quite-chevron! And the metalic tape you found is perfect for that color wood! What a great tutorial 🙂

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  7. would the paper stain if some juice/tea was to spill?how can i avoid staining on these sorts of diy paper lined trays?

    1. Hi Sal,
      If you line the tray with contact paper, it should just wipe clean. The paper doesn’t absorb liquid and is made to be wiped off. Hope it works for you!

  8. It would be really great if you could get Mr. Lovely’s instructions. My Mr. Man could probably do this for me, but it’d be great to get the instructions!

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  10. I have some bits of contact paper left over from shelf lining that aren’t enough for a shelf yet I really don’t just want to add them to the landfill. I’ve been looking for ideas for how to make them over into something I would actually use. Thank you for the inspiration!

  11. That was a very professional job. It’s subtle, but you may notice that the handles were also carved for bottle holding insert slots. It gives the piece a nice authentic look but it can also be re-converted to store wine bottles. Brilliant!

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