Raised in California and transplanted to Utah. Married my college sweetheart from Montana, and we are raising 4 nuggets together. I love all things DIY projects and doing them on a budget. I don’t mind messing up and am ok with the 90/10 rule - nothing is perfect over here and it’s fine by me! Encouraging all ‘wanna-be’ DIYers to just get out there and try it! You will be so glad you did.”
Wood trays are a versatile home decor piece that can quickly made. This post will teach you how to make a wood tray using wood glue, in just an afternoon. I am partnering with Krazy Glue to share this simple tutorial that anyone can do.
Last year I used Krazy Glue to create wood chargers for my tablescape. After a year of use, those chargers are holding up perfectly. Check that post out here. The reason I love Krazy Glue is because it is multi-purpose and cures in 20% less time on EPDM Rubber than Gorilla Super Glue.
The wood tray will require some basic tools and minimal work. The is a great beginner DIY project.
You will need to make cuts in your 1×4 board. You can ask The Home Depot to make the cuts for you if you do not have a circular saw. If you do not know how to use them for this service, you can read my blog post here about the process.
If you do not want to use The Home Depot to cut your boards, go ahead and measure, make your line, and use your circular saw to make the cuts.
I like to sand my pieces before I glue them together. You can do this after you glue, but I tend to like the rounded edges on the tray better than flush edges.
You will add a small line of Krazy Glue near the top edge of one of the two foot boards. Then repeat this step to the next board. Finally clamp them together. The reason to add the glue to the top of the wood is so it can run down through the wood slats. Let these cure for 5-10 minutes.
Now you will glue the top pieces on. Add the clamps and let cure for 5-10 minutes.
You can stain your board, paint it, or just seal it. I chose to spray paint mine white. I used Marshmallow by ColorShot.
You will now add your handles. Measure where you would like them and add your screws. This is super simple to do!
Now the tray is all done and you get to decorate! This is the fun part for sure. Add all the fun things you can find! I love a center point and smaller items to the side.