If you have kids, then you probably know Melissa and Doug. They make awesome wood toys, puzzles, craft sets, etc. My boys love playing with them, and I love that they’re not plastic! Their packaging, however … not great for STORAGE after opening. It’s nice, sturdy packaging, made of wood … however they have one BIG downfall. They never have lids! Because of this … they don’t work for us. Bins without lids hold toys for maybe 3 minutes before my two little boys dump the entire contents out onto the floor.
While the wood blocks tray in this project wasn’t actually a Melissa and Doug one, it has the same no-lid problem. Last week, I had finally decided that the blocks from this tray MUST go in another container. One with a lid. I emptied the blocks, and on the way out to the recycling bin a project idea flashed into my mind stopping me from throwing it in! This wood tray just might make a good serving tray. It’s very sturdy. It’s a great size. And why not save it from the trash?!?
HERE’S HOW IT LOOKED ON THE WAY OUT TO THE RECYCLING BIN …
With a little high-gloss craft paint, some fancy paper, mod podge, and some ‘rope’ … it’s now the prefect serving tray for cocktails out on the patio.
- I first painted to tray a glossy green (Martha Stewart craft paint).
- I used Mod Podge to adhere this fancy paper from Paper Source to the inside of tray.
- To ‘seal’ the tray and paper against any liquid that might spill, I applied two coats of Polycrylic.
- Once dry, I drilled two holes in each of the shorter sides for handles.
- Using some ‘rope’ which I actually bought in the ribbon aisle at JoAnn, I threaded it through the holes, tied a double knot in each side, and trimmed the edges. Instant handles (that actually work!).
AND NOW … FINISHED:
OUR PROBLEM NOW? OUR PATIO LOOKS LIKE THIS:
So, until I can use this tray to serve cocktails on our patio … it fits pretty nice on our shelves. Love the spring colors!
AND ONE LAST LOOK AT THE BEFORE AND AFTERS …