DIY Triangle Patterned Tray

I love when you can customize a generic item specifically for your style and taste.  So, that's just what I did with a $10 wooden tray.  I gave it an O + P look.  I've teamed up with 4 of my favorite bloggers to show you 5 Ways to DIY a wooden tray.  It's really fun to see everyones unique personal style come out in this projects.  So, head over and see how Sarah Hearts, The Crafted Life, Pars Caeli and A Bubbly Life all DIYed the same wooden tray.  And to make this even more fun, we've got a giveaway for you (check that out at the end of the post). 

Our coffee table is marble topped, so I like to give places for folks to place their drinks and snacks. The tray protects the surface and adds some texture and pattern.  

Here's what you'll need:

wooden tray
sand paper or sanding block
dark wood stain (I used a walnut color)
a rag
blue painters tape
x-acto knife
white craft paint
stencil blush
leather cord
8 upholstery nails

Start by giving the tray a light sanding to take away any imperfections and rough patches.  Then apply the stain to the tray, following the instructions on the product you choose to use.  I like to rub on the stain with a rag, allow it to soak into the wood for about 5 mins and then wipe off the excess.

Next, I added a little leather detail to the handles.  I simply wrapped the leather cord tightly around the handle, tucking in the end of the cord.  When I got to the end, I just tied a tight knot on the underside of the handle and then trimmed the excess.

For the triangle detail, I used blue painter's tape as my stencil.  I cut three lengths of tape the width of the tray and stuck the tape to a piece of freezer paper.  Then I drew triangle on the tape with a marker in a random pattern.  Then with an x-acto knife, I cut out the triangles.  Then I placed the tape in the tray and pressed down all the edges so that the tape sealed well.

Then with some white craft paint, I dabbed on the paint using a stencil foam brush.  I removed the tape carefully while the paint was still wet.

Finally, I added some gold upholstery nails to the sides of the tray.  I wanted to cover the staples on the sides that held the tray together.  It added a nice finished look to the piece. 

How would DIY this tray?  We've given you 5 Ways to DIY this wooden tray.  Enter below for a chance to win a $50 giftcard to Amazon, so you can make your own tray.  

One winner will be chosen at random. The giveaway ends 3/27/15 at 12am PST. 

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  1. Those handles are my fave! And the thumbtacks over the staples is a genius solution. xoxo, MJ

  2. What a great idea and u look beautiful!!!

  3. I love the handles and gold tacks, such a great touch!!

  4. Yours is definitely my favorite. I've been interested in the faux marble trend that's been going around. I'd probably try to DIY it up with a marble look.

  5. I'd love to see you guys take on a terracotta plant container!

  6. A leather wrapped tray would look awesome!

  7. I've been itching to spray a train a bright neon yellow! Maybe a fun black and white geometric pattern on the inside bottom. Love your take!

  8. love little details like this, and trays are always useful!

  9. I love the attention to detail- the leather and gold brads are great :) I would love to DIY on headboards... don't know if that fits into the budget but it'd be a cool idea :)

  10. So great and so you! I'm really loving the leather wrapped handles. Such a perfect way to finish it!

  11. So many great details! I really love the leather on the handles!

  12. I really like the painted trays that you and another blogger did!

  13. darling! love the contrast of the white and wood!


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