I mentioned yesterday, now that Halloween is done, I am starting to think about Christmas. I know many of the stores have had Christmas stuff out since July, and personally I think that’s a little crazy, but after Halloween is perfectly fine in my books. This year I told hubby that I would like to have a handmade Christmas. With the budget being eaten up by the basement reno (along with my precious time), I want give out gifts with meaning but still on a budget. I started to make out my list of people we’d like to give to and one particular person on our list would love this Rustic Serving Tray that I made. At least I hope so. 😉
RUSTIC SERVING TRAY
It was so simple to make this. I had this piece of pine wood in my stash of wood. Doesn’t everybody have random pieces of wood lying around?
Anyhow, I took the wood and stained it with this Dark Walnut Minwax Stain and let it dry for the day. (I didn’t put any polyurethane on it but I might still do it. Just to protect it a little bit more.)
Then, while I was at Rona and picked up these kitchen cabinet handles. By the way, I am able to put my hand right through it and still have room to wiggle my fingers. Don’t you know that is a requisite of mine? Wiggle fingers through cabinet handles… The only reason I mention that the size of it, is if you are adding “handles” to a tray you want to be able to put your entire hand through the handle to carry the tray comfortably with stuff on it.
To add the handles to the stained wood, we first drilled little holes through the wood to avoid the wood splintering before screwing the handles to it. I also added some felt bumpers on the back to protect the surface and I was done.
I love how the knots of the wood show through the wood. It makes it extra rustic, I think. I added my mom’s coffee pot to the tray to test it out.
I think it looks lovely and I think the person I have in mind will love it as well. I’m thinking I may make a second one to keep for myself. I have plenty of wood, after wall.
Since I already had the wood and stain on hand, this handmade Rustic Serving Tray cost me about $11, about $5 something per handle (plus taxes).
Now it’s time for some more DIY Christmas gift ideas from my Canadian blogging friends. Get ready for some wonderful handmade gift inspiration for your holidays!
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Do you like handmade gifts or do you prefer store-bought? Will you be making any home made Christmas gifts?