As some of you may have heard...I'm getting in the mood for Fall. I made the mistake of burning my pumpkin candle, now all I can think about are cool breezes and caramel apples :) It's taking everything in me not to break out the Fall decor. I know it's too early...but this inevitably happens every year...plus it doesn't help that there's a cold front coming in.
So, I have to keep my mind and hands busy with non-Fall projects. But, really, the first piece of the project can total be Fall. Just think of a yummy pumpkin pie sitting on it....'just sayin. lol. That's why I 'summered' it up in the second one with some bright color.
These trays are super easy to make and take no time at all. I think the most time was spent just sanding the little buggers to get the look I wanted. This was a no cost project for me....beats the $100 price tag I saw for something similar in a magazine awhile ago.
For the round one, you'll need 4 pieces of 2x4 cut to roughly the same size. Together the 4 pieces equal 14 inches. So you will want to cut the individual pieces at least at 14 if not more. I cut mine at 16 inches. This will give you a diameter of the circle of 14 inches. I made mine 13 inches just for ease of not going clear to the edge.
Line the 2x4s all together and secure them with a 1x2 not directly in the middle, but within the 'circle's diameter. You are going to secure a second 1x2 after you are done cutting it, so make it equidistant from the center of the circle, so the second 1x2 will be the same distance just on the other side of center. Make sense? lol. I'm sure there's a better way to explain this, but you have to understand...at least I am remembering words at the moment. I totally didn't believe 'pregnancy brain' existed but it totally does :)
For the handles, I chose to go a little rustic on this one and use some jute. Just drill two equidistant holes on each side of the circle, and secure with the jute. To get the thickness of the jute, I used about ten pieces. Easy peasy!
See,.....can't you just imagine the yummy pumpkin pie??? :)
Once you are done sanding, secure them together with a 1x2 on the bottom about 4 inches in from each end.
Now for the handle, I just used a small-ish door knob/cabinet pull and screwed them in.
How easy was that??? I spent maybe an hour and half to make both of these, and no money (oh, except for the pulls on the blue one, which were $6.00 total from Hobby Lobby). Just my kind of project :)