My 11 Favorite Gift Ideas for Anyone Who Works with Wood and Beyond

Last week I wandered into a local store for woodworkers. Without naming names, I’m sure you can guess which one (green logo and rhymes with Could Raft.) I was looking at dust collection equipment and a few new power tools (because a handy girl can’t have too many saws, can she?) While eyeing up a new table saw, I watched a woman walk in the door with a lost look on her face. She made her way to the cashier and asked the elder gentleman behind the counter for gift ideas for her 16 year old son. Apparently he found a love for tinkering with wood and power tools. The guy behind the counter was NO HELP AT ALL! As I shook my head, thinking to myself, the cashier probably just summed her up as someone not worthy of help because she wouldn’t know the difference between a dovetail or a tenon. (No worries if you don’t know either, I didn’t know until a few years ago.)

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As the woman left the counter defeated and looked hopelessly around the store, I sidled up to her (at a socially acceptable distance of 6 feet).

“Excuse me ma’am, I couldn’t help overhearing your conversation with the cashier. Are you looking for a gift idea for someone?” I said.

She looked at me and her face beamed upon seeing another woman in the store. The emotion in her eyes was sheer hopeful.

“Yes, I wanted to get my son something to indulge his passion, but I thought a gift card was too impersonal,” she replied.

I told her a little about myself and then started scanning the store for my favorite things! We walked around and I pointed out several items I knew anyone who works with wood would love.

After leaving the store, it occurred to me, I really should share my favorite things with you too. This is a list of those items I’d show you if you wandered into my workshop (and they aren’t all just for woodworkers and contractors.)

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My 11 Favorite Gift Ideas for Anyone Who Works with Wood and Beyond

This past year, I’ve found myself using several items and thinking, “I love this! I wish everyone knew about it.” Well, today the time has come to share with you my top ten eleven favorite things in my arsenal of gear, tools, and then some. In no particular order here they are:

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1. GRR-Ripper – Table Saw amputations are one of the top reasons people are afraid of a table saw (or other power tools for that matter). For anyone that uses a table saw (also great for router tables), I’m sharing with you my favorite 3-D Push block, the GRR-Ripper. I rarely use the push stick that came with my saw because the GRR-Ripper gives much more safe control over a workpiece. Although just one is nice, I highly recommend purchasing the set of two so you can use them to leapfrog when running longer lumber.

2. Track Saw – Speaking of safety, this year my table saw hasn’t been getting as much use because I’ve been bringing out my track saw more and more. It does a lot of the same tasks I used to use my table saw for, but more safely and a lot more accurately. I have the DeWalt Cordless Tracksaw, which means I can take the saw and the track with me to the lumberyard and cut my sheet goods down to size in the parking lot if I like! I lay a big sheet of plywood on top of a rigid piece of insulation for support and cut it to a size more manageable for me. If a dedicated track saw is out of your budget, you can turn your circular saw into a track saw using the Kreg AccuCut.

ISOtune Free Bluetooth Enabled Hearing Protection

3. ISOtune Free Ear Buds – Hearing protection is important, but finding a pair of earbuds that protect my hearing and are comfortable enough to wear all day is a huge win for me. But, what if I told you the ISOtune Frees are also Bluetooth enabled so you can listen to your tunes and work (or walk the dog!) By far my favorite purchase of 2020! (Use the Code: Handy10 to get $10 off!)

4. Dovetail Workwear Overalls – If I was being honest, I’d have to tell you the Dovetail Workwear Freshley overalls are my “it’s time to get dirty” and accomplish a project pants. Not only are they super comfy, but they are made of durable canvas that can hold up to the abuse in my workshop (or job site). And if I’m being really honest, staying at home has meant packing on a few COVID pounds. These overalls have the perfect amount of stretch allowing you to bend and squat down without feeling your organs being squeezed by a tight waistline. As I’m writing this, I just ordered another pair! Maybe this next pair will be my “clean, just lounge around” favorite outfit.

5. Stanley Ergonomic FatMax 25′ Tape Measure – A tape measure? You might be thinking, “Seriously Brittany? How amazing can a tape measure be?” Put this tape measure in the palm of your hand and you’ll immediately feel a difference. As a woman, I have smaller hands, and most beefy tape measures feel a bit clunky in my hand (and seem to slip out of my hands always while working on a ladder). The Stanley #FMHT36325S FatMax 25′ tape measure is slightly curved on the side so it fits comfortably in your hand. It has an impressive standout of up to 13′ and it is perfectly weighted so I can use it like a plumb bob by dropping it while holding on to the end of the tape like a yo-yo. A few months ago I misplaced this tape measure and found myself cursing all my other tape measures that were too big, wouldn’t stand out as far, or wouldn’t stay locked. Buy this tape measure, you won’t regret it! But, also put your name on it, because you will be so upset if it walks away.

 

6. Lightweight Step Ladder – Hauling a step ladder up the stairs or across your house can be a bit awkward, especially if you have an old-style wooden or heavy ladder. Last year I purchased this Little Giant Lightweight ladder and now it’s the only ladder I grab for working at ceiling height or lower. This ladder feels light as a feather when carrying it around the house or hoisting it into my truck bed. If you are in need of a new ladder, this one is a dream to use. Especially because it has a tray at the top to hold smalls screws and tools. And did I mention when folded, it has a super slim profile to tuck behind almost anything.

 

7. Women’s Work Boots – Remember moon boots? If not, they were comfy boots popular in the late 70’s that made you feel like you were walking on clouds. (Oh wait, I just looked it up and Moon Boots are still available!) After slipping on my first pair of Keen Cincinnati Women’s work boots, I was instantly reminded of those moon boots I had as a child. I can wear these boots all day and know my feet won’t be sore at all! Seriously, these are the most cushy and soft work boots I’ve ever owned!

 

Kreg K5 pocket hole jig

8. Kreg K5 Pocket Hole Jig – I know, I know, you already have a Kreg Jig. But, I recently upgraded from the K4 to the Kreg K5 Pocket Hole Jig and I wish I had bought this sooner! On the K5, you don’t have to constantly adjust the clamp for different thicknesses of wood. Plus, the extendable wings on this pocket hole jig allow me to work faster and more accurately! The only thing missing is the nice hard case. But, I might use my K4 case for the K5. Is that wrong?

 

Rockwell Jaw Stand

9. Clamping-Sawhorse-Stand – Do you work solo? Or want an assistant who is silent? This clamp, sawhorse, outfeed support, extra pair of hands, and so much more will be your new BFF! I love the Rockwell JawStand because it’s a super sturdy and strong extra pair of hands on the job site or in my shop. I use these stands as outfeed supports for my table saw, as sawhorses, and with a 2×4 in the clamp you can turn the top into an extra-wide sawhorse (reason enough to own more than one). The best thing about these JawStands is they fold relatively flat and don’t take up much more space than a 4×4 post in the corner of your shop. You can see how I used it to take down upper cabinets by myself here.

 

10. Lightweight Strong Leaf Blower – While this item is normally sold as a landscaping tool, the STIHL BGA56 battery-powered blower has found its home in my garage (instead of the shed with the other landscaping tools.) This lightweight, but seriously strong, blower is perfect for blowing sawdust out of the shop or cleaning out the bed of my truck. I’ve also used it to quickly blow dust off a large complicated workpiece like my garden obelisk I built recently.) I’ve even been known to grab it and blow dirt out the open door of our mudroom moments before my extended family arrives. Friends will tell you I’ve offered to let them try this powerful but lightweight blower to prove how amazing it is!

 

O'Keefes Skin Repair in 48 hours

11. 48 Hour Dry Skin Repair Cream – Say What? 48 hours to soft skin again? Winter is here and I spent the weekend cleaning out our garage. I wore gloves as much as possible, but by Sunday afternoon my fingertips felt like sandpaper. 😢 There’s not much I hate more than the feeling of dry hands. When I was young I cringed at the texture of the dry cardboard lunch trays (seriously, that’s why I brought lunch so much). Sorry, I digress, after feeling how dry my hands were, I used O’Keefe’s Skin Repair cream after each hand-washing and today, I realize my fingertips are smooth and soft like a baby’s butt! Unbelievable. O(ne quick note: I’ve used O’Keefe’s Working Hands, but am not crazy about the tacky feeling after using it. I think it’s necessary because it acts like a barrier cream and moisturizer in one.) But, the Dry Skin Repair lotion absorbs neatly into the skin leaving them feeling super smooth and tack-free.

Okay, that’s my list of 11 things I use and love. Gotta run and get back to my garage renovation. You can keep up with the progress if you follow me on Instagram!

Have a Happy Holiday!

DIY Holiday Napkin Rings made from inexpensive Garland

Festive DIY Napkin Rings for your Holiday Table

Happy Holidays! I thought it would be very apropos to share this easy last-minute holiday napkin ring tutorial with you all. It’s that time of year when time is short and things are busy.  The last thing we need is to stress about table settings.  If you happen to need something quick to dress your tables,  these festive DIY napkin rings will have you covered!

I got the idea for this while I was in Target. Of course, I love to peruse their home decor aisles, which are filled with holiday decor at the moment. I saw this lovely little green garland for $8! Bargain! I am picky about my faux greenery, but this one looked pretty good (especially for the price). I knew I could make this into a cool centerpiece or napkin rings.

Greenery Napkin Ring DIY

You can follow these same steps to make napkin rings out of any holiday garland.  Dollar Stores might be a good source for inexpensive garlands.  It’s helpful if your garland has a bendable wire with it, this makes shaping the rings easier.  I would also like to suggest that you use wire cutters for cutting the wire.  Strong scissors may do the job, but it can be tough. And why ruin your good scissors?

wire cutters for cutting wire garland

Let’s get started, shall we?

Materials:

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Instructions:

Step 1: Cut a small piece of garland.

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Take your wire cutters and cut a piece of garland. The length will depend on how thick your napkins are. I have these frayed red buffalo check napkins that I made for the 4th of July, and I’m reusing them for the holidays! (You can check out the tutorial for those red napkins right here.) The material is somewhat thin, so I cut about a 4-inch piece of garland.

Step 2: Bend Garland Piece into a ring

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Bend your garland piece into a ring. This is why it helps to be using garland with wire! All you have to do is mold it in a circle and twist it together. Then you can fluff up the greenery on the ring any way you like.

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Definitely ensure that your ring doesn’t have any sharp, exposed wires. If so, just clamp it down with pliers.

Step 3: Insert your napkin

Red Napkins with DIY Napkin Rings made from garland

Now for the fun. Take the whole napkin and pull it through the ring. But here’s another way to do this.

Take your napkin and lay it out flat. Grab the napkin in the center and place your napkin ring over the center fold. Voila!

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I think napkin rings really add to place settings, especially if you’re like me and only have a small round table. It’s stylish without overcrowding the table. I think these extra touches really make the holidays feel special. And instead of spending $5 on each napkin ring, you spent $8 on the whole project. As a bonus, you’ll probably have garland leftover to decorate with!

If you want more great ideas for your Holiday table, check out this gorgeous Holiday Tablescape.

Christmas Table with candles and red napkins and festive napkin rings

I want to take a moment to wish you all a Happy and safe Holiday and a Joyous New Year. I’ve now been writing for Pretty Handy Girl for a year, and I couldn’t be more thankful for this opportunity to connect with you all. Thank you so much for being a reader! It means so much to me to have you here.

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karen from decor hintHello!  I’m Karen, the creator of the Home Decor and DIY Blog: Decor Hint. I’m a Native of the East Coast, but I currently live in beautiful Seattle with my hubby, our two wonderful children, and our spunky wheaten terrier.

You can usually find me with some sort of craft in one hand and a coffee in the other. And I’m always rearranging furniture or moving lamps from room to room. I have a passion (read: obsession) for decorating, DIY, and gardening. In short, I love making my house into a home.

Like many, I’m inspired by what I see in home decor magazines, but I’m not so inspired by the price tags.  Consequently, I love finding and creating beautiful budget-friendly home decor items. In a head to head competition, I bet you’d never know the difference between the designer items and my DIY creations!  Many of my DIY projects focus on sewing, crafting, upcycling and organizing. Some of my favorite projects have been making pretty wreaths, sewing my own tassel hand towels, and crafting these trendy wood bead garlands. I can’t wait to inspire you and spark your creativity through my DIY projects.

You can always connect with me on Pinterest, Twitter or Instagram.

 

DIY gift caddies made from scrap trim is a great way to create an inexpensive gift basket AND use up all those little pieces of scrap trim in your wood pile.

DIY Gift Caddies using Scrap Molding

Christmas is a few weeks away and I don’t feel like going shopping in the mall. I’m not really sure what to get everybody. But, after mulling over all the scrap trim in my scrap wood pile, I came up with a genius plan. Gift baskets are always a winning idea for anyone on your list because they can be filled with a variety of gifts in a theme. Fill these caddies with anything you like, but be sure to leave me a comment letting me know what you included in your gift caddies!

Ready to get started? Let’s turn this scrap wood pile into…

… beautiful DIY gift caddies!

Gather these materials and tools and then we can get building!

Materials &  Tools:

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Protective Equipment:

Materials:

Tools:

Cut List:

If you need tips for cutting metal pipe, click here to see how easy it is to cut metal pipes by hand or watch my video:

Scrap Trim Ideas:

You can use any scrap trim molding you have on hand. For a simple caddy, use flat door casing or door stop. For a more decorative look, use trim with more details. No scrap trim? No problem! At Home Depot, you can purchase trim by the linear foot, so feel free to head over there and purchase a 3 foot section of decorative trim for your 18″ long caddy.

You’ll probably want to steer clear of polystyrene trim since it’s not as strong, nails will go right through it, and wood glue generally won’t hold it firmly.

Instructions:

To start this project, cut your wood from the cut list above. Definitely watch my video to learn how to make these simple DIY Gift Caddies using Scrap Molding!

The base of my gift caddy is  8” x 18”, but feel free to make your caddy a custom size based on your scraps or your gifts.

Cutting the top of the sides:

You can curve the top of your caddy by tracing the perimeter of a paint can or another round object.

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Alternatively, you can cut straight angles off the top corners as shown in the diagram below. Simply mark off two inches at the top of the sides. Then make an angled line down to the location where your trim starts on the sides.

Cut the top profiles using a band saw or jigsaw. If you don’t have either, you can use a coping saw.

Sand off any rough edges from your plywood pieces using a sander.

Adding Scrap Trim:

Now it’s time to use all your fabulous scrap trim. You can use whatever trim you have laying around, there are no rules. I chose a piece of door trim and some decorative egg and dart trim for this caddy.

Cut your molding to 18” (the same length as the base).

Caddy Handles:

For the caddy handle, I happened to have some copper pipe in my scrap pile, but you can use a dowel, old closet rod, or even a branch like I used on this caddy.

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Use a forstner bit the same width as your handle to drill halfway into the caddy sides. (For the branch, you might want to drill completely through the sides.) The 3/4″ copper pipe is equal to a 7/8″ forstner bit.

Dry fit the handle into the sides. You’ll need to measure to make sure the width of your caddy is the same at the top and bottom. You might have to drill a little deeper into the sides until the top is equal to the bottom when the handle is fitted into the holes.

Assemble the Caddy:

Run a bead of glue along each end of your base. Then set the sides on top of the base.

To secure the handle, add a bunch of construction adhesive into the holes you drilled into the sides.

Assemble the caddy. Clean up any glue squeeze-out. Flip your caddy onto its side and secure the base into the sides with several brad nails.

To secure the scrap trim sides. Use more wood glue along the edges of the side pieces. Then set the trim in place and secure it with a few more nails. Wipe off any glue squeeze-out.

This next step is truly optional. I like to add a divider in larger caddies. If you want to do the same, cut a piece of one-by to fit inside the caddy. Add some wood glue onto the bottom and sides of the divider, then set it in place.

Finish off the caddy build by adding trim to the other side. Secure the trim and divider with nails.

Finishing the Caddy:

Use a wood putty to fill in the gaps and nail holes. After the wood putty dries, sand it smooth.

Paint or stain the caddy in the color of your choice. Finish the caddy with polyurethane or wax to protect it.

Fill Your Gift Caddy:

You can fill these caddies with just about anything! Create a snack basket:

Or a fill it with a candle, eye mask, cozy blanket, and a magazine for a relaxation basket.

I would honestly love to hear your suggestions for things to add to these gift caddies in the comments below! Until next time, hope you have a very Happy Holiday season!

Like this gift idea? Then you’ll love these additional gift basket ideas:

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DIY fabric tile coasters

DIY Fabric Tile Coasters

Hello! How are we all doing?

The holidays may look a lot different this year, but the same sentiments and traditions are still here. If you have a tradition of making handmade holiday gifts, I have the perfect craft for you today! These DIY fabric tile coasters are a cinch to put together and you can customize them with any fabric you like.

This project is not only easy, it’s inexpensive too. Pick up square tiles from a home improvement store for as little as 15 cents. Then grab some fabric scraps to make these coasters come together.

I’m sharing the full tutorial plus some tips on making your coasters waterproof! So, let’s get started.

How to Make DIY Fabric Tile Coasters

Materials:

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Instructions:

Step 1: Cut Fabric to Size

The first thing you need to do is cut your fabric to size. I tried this many different ways and by far the best looking option is to cut them slightly smaller than the tile. This will leave a small white border around the top of the coaster but it will look neater. Plus, it is much easier to apply this way.

Use a rotary cutter to get the neatest cuts, but if you don’t have one, use a pair of very sharp scissors or fabric scissors.

Step 2: Apply Fabric to Tile

Take your foam brush and paint a layer of Mod Podge onto the top of your tile. Then, apply your fabric square to the tile, Smooth out bubbles as you apply.

Once your fabric is aligned properly and smooth, apply another layer of Mod Podge on top of the fabric.

Set aside your tile coasters to dry.

Step 3: Waterproof and Seal your Coaster

Once your Fabric and Mod Podge fully dries, you will notice it feels a little stiff and tacky. Eventually, this will go away but if you don’t have time on your hands and you really want to waterproof them, you’ll need to seal them.

With any of these sealers, you want to spray outdoors or in an area with really good ventilation – as the fumes are pretty strong.

One way to seal them is to use an acrylic sealer spray from Mod Podge. You can buy this in gloss or matte. I only had matte on hand but I do think gloss is the way to go here.

Another sealer (which I haven’t personally tried yet) is called Engine Enamel. This is made by Rustoleum and is actually for cars! But I’ve heard it works here too. It will give a glossy finish to your coasters and protect them from water and heat.

Finally, a third option is to use resin. Resins can be more expensive than the first two options, so keep this in mind. EnviroTex Lite is a resin sold at Michael’s and other craft stores and gives your finished coaster a very high gloss, polished look. It’s really beautiful so if you are serious about your coaster making, this is definitely the winner here.

Step 4: Apply Cork to Bottom of Tile

After your coasters are dried and sealed, let’s finish the bottom. Tile squares can be a bit rough on the bottom, so we need to cover them.

I found these cork squares on Amazon and they fit perfectly! They are also sticky on one side, so you just need to peel off the back and apply.

Another option is to use felt squares and hot glue them to the bottom.

These coasters are easy to create and make wonderful handmade gifts – even for a hostess!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Enjoy this holiday season, even if it does look a bit different. 🙂

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karen from decor hintHello!  I’m Karen, the creator of the Home Decor and DIY Blog: Decor Hint. I’m a Native of the East Coast, but I currently live in beautiful Seattle with my hubby, our two wonderful children, and our spunky wheaten terrier.

You can usually find me with some sort of craft in one hand and a coffee in the other. And I’m always rearranging furniture or moving lamps from room to room. I have a passion (read: obsession) for decorating, DIY, and gardening. In short, I love making my house into a home.

Like many, I’m inspired by what I see in home decor magazines, but I’m not so inspired by the price tags.  Consequently, I love finding and creating beautiful budget-friendly home decor items. In a head to head competition, I bet you’d never know the difference between the designer items and my DIY creations!  Many of my DIY projects focus on sewing, crafting, upcycling, and organizing. Some of my favorite projects have been making pretty wreaths, sewing my own tassel hand towels, and crafting these trendy wood bead garlands. I can’t wait to inspire you and spark your creativity through my DIY projects.

You can always connect with me on Pinterest, Twitter or Instagram.

How to Build a Quick DIY Tray & Gift Box | Pretty Handy Girl

Growing up, my parents always told me homemade gifts meant more to the recipient than a store-bought gift. If you’re like me, and enjoy making things and have a lot of wood scraps, you’ll love making many of these Quick DIY Trays and Gift Boxes!

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How to Build a Quick DIY Tray & Gift Box

Several years ago I shared this tutorial, but I’m updating the post to show you an alternative base for your tray. You can use a variety of thin woods to cover the plywood for a more decorative look. Previously I used leftover Timberchic end caps. But, this past weekend I whipped up a tray for my girlfriend’s birthday using vintage rulers and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

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Instead of the self-adhesive Timberchic, use wood glue to affix any thin wood to a plywood base. Then build the sides and you have yourself a beautiful gift tray (or gift box if you make your sides taller.)

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Now it’s time to share the tutorial with you because this will be easy, quick, and frugal (all things I like in a good DIY project!) Let’s learn How to Build a Quick DIY Tray & Gift Box.

Question: What’s better than giving a one-of-a-kind gift? What’s better than giving a gift basket that will be useful long after the contents have been consumed? And what’s better than spending money on a gift basket?

Answer: Building your own Quick DIY Tray & Gift Box that will be used long after the contents are gone and it doesn’t have to cost you an arm or a leg when you are using scraps from your workshop! #Winning

These rustic beauties are perfect for filling with a bottle of wine or to use as the base for a cellophane-wrapped gift basket.

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The tray is probably my favorite because you can use it to serve lunch on the porch (or breakfast in bed.) And who doesn’t love a good tray to corral loose items in your living room, bedroom, or kitchen?

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The crate is a close second in my heart because it makes the perfect place to store toiletries for a guest. But, we all know it can also be used to organize desk supplies and much much more.

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What do you need to make this Quick DIY Tray & Gift Box you ask? Well here’s the 411 on this project.

Materials:

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Optional:

Instructions:

Cut your plywood base to size. (My tray was 11″ x 15″ and the gift box was 4″ x 10″.)

Set your slats on top of the plywood to figure out their ideal placement.

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Use a ruler or square and your pencil to mark the cut offs.

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Cut the slats and return to the plywood base. If you are using the TimberChic end caps, remove the adhesive backing and place the slat on the plywood. (If using other slats, use wood glue to adhere them to the base.)

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For a perfect edge, you can turn your base upside down and trim the edges on the table saw. (Not necessary, but gives you a cleaner edge.)

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Line up your side material against the base and mark where to cut each piece.

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Cut the sides at a 45 degree angle to create mitered edges (or simplify the project by cutting 90 degree ends). Test fit the sides to make sure you have a tight miter at each corner. Sand the sides smooth to remove any rough spots.

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Paint your sides with Fusion paint (or chalk paint of your choosing.)

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Wipe off immediately for a rustic look.

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Run a line of wood glue along the side of your base.

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Press the sides in place.

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Nail brad nails through the sides and into the base to secure the sides while the glue dries.

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Find the centers on the two smaller sides of your tray. Center the door pulls on the sides.

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Attach the handle to the side of the tray with provided screws.

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Add felt pads to the bottom of the tray to prevent scratching of surfaces.

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Your tray and gift box are done! Fill them up with goodies your recipient will love.

How to Build a Quick DIY Tray & Gift Box | Pretty Handy Girl

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A bottle of wine should fit nicely in the gift box:

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And when the gift tray and box are empty, they will be enjoyed for years to come.

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How to Build a Quick DIY Tray & Gift Box | Pretty Handy Girl

Did you like this simple gift idea? Well, there’s lots more where that came from! Here’s a gallery of other DIY Gift Ideas!

Like using vintage rulers? Check out this frame I made with more vintage rulers:

How to Custom Build a Vintage Ruler Picture Frame

Or these scrap molding trays:

DIY Scrap Moulding Trays | Pretty Handy Girl

Happy gifting!