Welcome to day 20 of my 25 Days of Craftmas series! I can’t believe we’re already to day 20, only 5 left after today! I really hope you’ve enjoyed the projects I’ve shared so far and will try to make something fun this holiday season. Today I’m showing you how to make this Christmas wood tray. It’s a cute decoration but also functions as a cute tray for cookies or drinks.
This is actually a really easy wood project, even if you’re just a beginner. It only requires a few simple tools and some straight cuts of wood. If you don’t have a saw, you can have your local hardware store cut the wood for you.
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED
- 1’x 4″ Wood (You’ll need 2 – 6′ pieces)
- Cabinet Handles
- Paint for Stencil (I used white)
- Paint for the Tray (I used dark walnut stain and red spray paint)
- Brad Nailer or Hammer & Nails
- Wood Glue
- Sand paper
- Vinyl (Color doesn’t matter)
- Transfer Tape
- Electronic cutter (cricut explore, silhouette or other cutter)
- Cut File (available for free in my resource library) Look for the file called Candy Cane Cafe. It will be under the Christmas category-25 Days of Craftmas 2018 – Day 20.
HERE’S WHAT YOU DO
The first thing you’ll need to do is get the free SVG file you’ll use for this project. I keep all the SVG files I use for the projects I make in my SVG Library. These SVG files work with Cricut and Silhouette machines, as well as many others. This library is open to everyone and is free! You can access the library here. Look for the file called Candy Cane Cafe. It will either be listed under the Christmas category-25 Days of Craftmas 2018 – Day 20.
Start by cutting the wood into pieces. You’ll need 4 – 18″ pieces and 2-14″ pieces.
Line up the 4 – 18″ pieces and run some wood glue along the edge.
Then, place the 14″ piece over the top.
Use a brad nailer or hammer and nails to secure the wood in place. Then, repeat with the other side.
Sand to smooth out the wood.
Paint and or stain as desired. I first used a dark walnut stain.
Then, I spray with a red paint.
While the wood tray is drying, open up the design in your software program. I sized my design to about 12″ x 9.3″ Add a box around the design to create a stencil. Then cut out the vinyl and weed out the design.
Do you need help creating a stencil design? Check out this step by step tutorial for Silhouette Users here and for Circut Users here.
Apply transfer tape and then remove the vinyl backing.
Center the vinyl and apply it to the wood.
Use an application tool or scraper to rub over the vinyl and then remove the transfer tape.
Fill in the letters with white paint (it might take a couple of coats).
When the paint is dry to the touch, carefully remove the vinyl.
Lightly sand over the tray to expose some of the stain and the natural wood.
Drill holes and attach the handles.
What do you think? Would you try a project like this?