Happy Wednesday Pretty Handy readers. Jaime here from That’s My Letter to share a DIY project that makes a great anytime gift or (an even better idea) for Mother’s Day. I’ll show you how to make this wood cut out tray which you can personalize with any name or shape.
The wood cut out makes for an unexpected design element. I painted bright blue behind the cut out, but any contrasting color will look great.
Plexiglass installed over the wood cut out provides a solid flat surface. The plexiglass also adds a bit of shine and fancy!
Below are the step-by-step instructions to make this tray.
- 1/2″ plywood 18″ x 12″
- 1/4″ plywood 18″ x 12″
- 1 sheet plexiglass (18″ x 24″ – makes 2 trays)
- 1 – 1″ x 2″ x 6′ pine board (cut 2 @ 18″ length and 2 @ 13 1/2″ length)
- white paint
- blue paint
- 2 handles
- 1/2″ wood screws
- 1/2″ lath screws
- plexi/glass cutter
- jig saw
- ballpoint pen
- measuring tape & pencil
- drill, bits & 1/2″ spade bit
Step 1: Print out your name or word. (I used Sign Painter – housescript font at 475 point. Any font will do as long as it’s thick enough to cut out.)
Step 2: Center the printout on the 1/2″ plywood and trace around letters with a ballpoint pen. Use heavy pressure to create an indent in the wood. [Read more…]