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DIY Rustic Wooden Serving Tray

DIY Rustic Wooden Serving Tray

I absolutely love trays, don’t you?  I just made a super cute DIY rustic wooden serving tray that I think you might like.  This cute little number would look great with any style of décor to make fabulous looking vignettes.  It also makes an awesome serving tray to display and present your food at parties and gatherings.   Don’t you agree this adorable tray makes everything look just a little bit more spectacular?  Did I mention it is super easy to make?



  • Belt Sander
  • Nail gun with 1 1/4in nails (you can use 1 1/4in screws and a hand drill if you don’t have a nail gun)
  1. Two 1x4s & two 1x5s at 24in in length
  2. Two 1x3s at 16in in length’
  3. Weathered wood stain (I used a grey old wood stain for this project)
  4. Two old-looking handles (I bought mine at Hobby Lobby HERE)
  5. Four 1 1/4in wood screws (to screw handles to tray)  I get black screws to match the handles
  6. Matte or satin clear coat


Place the 1x4s & 1x5s together

Nail the 1x3s onto the sides

I made sure to add 2 nails per board so that the boards won’t shift


To give a more worn look, I rounded off the edges with a belt sander.

Add one or two coats of stain to the wood to give an old look. You could even paint it white or the color of your choice, then sand the edges to weather it.

Spray on a couple coats of clear coat to protect the wood

Adding Hardware:

Screw on the handles of your choice.  I wanted a rustic look so I chose these black handles from Hobby Lobby.

Finished!  Now it’s time to add some pretty things!

Doesn’t it look fabulous!

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  1. Oh I love this wooden tray. I love trays anyway. So versatile. Thanks for sharing. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

    • Tee

      Thank you Cindy! It is so easy to make, I wish I had made one sooner! Yes, they are really versatile. I plan on styling it for every holiday.

  2. Ann

    This is so cute and I just luv how you styled it! I’d luv for you to share it with us at Wall to Wall DIY Wednesday! Have a great day!

  3. I have been wanting to make one of these trays for a long time. Love the tutorial! Great job and thanks for sharing on To Grandma’s House We Go – I’ll be featuring you next week!

  4. This is lovely! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! Pinned!

  5. Well done! Love the look and simplicity of construction.

  6. Beautiful tray. I made my first DIY tray last year out of a cabinet door and just fell in love with them. This is a gorgeous project. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

  7. This is such a fun piece, Tiffany! I love the style and stain you chose! Thank you bunches for linking up and sharing with us!

  8. I love how the tray turned out. I love the candle too. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best.

  9. I totally agree with this article and I just want to say that this article is a very nice and very informative article. I will make sure to be reading your blog more. Easy Wood Projects to Sell

  10. Linda

    What is the actual serving space? I’m trying to figure out adjustments to make it large enough for a coffee and tea bar.

    • Tee

      Hi Linda!
      The outer dimensions are 24×16 and the inside dimensions (the actual serving space for dishes and things to sit) is 18 3/4 x 16. Hope that helps!

  11. Root

    It is so easy to make, I wish I had made one sooner! Yes, they are really versatile. I plan on styling it for every holiday.

    • Tee

      I’m glad you tried it! Post some pics of yours on here! I would love to see how it turned out. Thank you for your nice comments too!

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