DIY COCKTAIL TRAY

 

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

Have you noticed that bar carts are popping up everywhere? I’m absolutely smitten with the ones I’ve seen at West Elm but realized I don’t have the space or money for one amongst the colorful, plastic baby and toddler toys slowly taking over our home. So, I decided to draw inspiration from a few of the West Elm bar carts and create a cocktail tray that would be more affordable and useful while looking just as lovely on display when not in use.

Find out how make your own by using an inexpensive cutting board and repurposed handles.

DIY COCKTAIL TRAY

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

MATERIALS
wood cutting board
2 handles with hardware
gold spray paint
pencil
wood burning tool
drill
drill bit (large enough for hardware size)
ruler

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

BOARD INSTRUCTIONS
1. Use your pencil to lightly draw your design onto the top of your cutting board. Don’t forget, you’ll be attaching handles, so adjust your design as needed.
2. Attach the cone point tip or other tip of choice to your wood burning tool. Mine came with several options but I wanted more control and cleaner lines.
3. Plug it in and allow it to heat up. Follow instructions on the package.
4. Once it’s hot, practice on scrap wood to get a feel for how to hold the tool and how hard to press for the results you’d like.
5. Now for the fun part, start burning your design onto the board.

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

HANDLE INSTRUCTIONS
1. Remove hardware from handles and place on a safe, flat painting surface outside.
2. Spray paint both handles and let dry. I chose to repurpose old handles from my garage cabinets, you can also purchase these at the hardware store for only a few dollars.
3. Once the handles are dry, place them on the short ends of your cutting board, measure and mark the center points of both handles where you need to pre-drill to attach the hardware. Pre-drilling for your hardware keeps the wood from splitting when attaching handles; I highly recommend it.
4. Place your drill bit centered on the mark and drill straight down, repeat this step as needed.
5. Attach both handles and secure with the screws. If you find that the screws are too long for the depth of your board, you’ll need to have your screws cut down.

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

Props and party supplies courtesy of FOUND and The TomKat Studio

Voila! You’re ready to serve cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to your guests. You could also use it as a meat and cheese tray or serve breakfast in bed to your honey on New Year’s Day, the possibilities are endless.

Be sure to check out my friend Joanna’s blog for some fabulous cocktail recipes to help ring in the new year!

NEW YEARS EVE “CHEERS” SIGN

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

The new year is upon us, why not add a few easy decorations to the christmas decor to ring in 2015. I stopped by my local craft store to grab a few paper maché letters and glitter but the rest I already had on hand, you might too.

With two little ones, my husband and I don’t have the chance to get away to the New Year’s parties. So we celebrate at home with a few tasty appetizers and fun cocktails to get in the spirit. Speaking of cocktails, you should stop by my friend Joanna’s blog for some fabulous recipes using the bubbly and sweet Rondel GOLD Brut Cava. The packaging itself is just beautiful!

NEW YEARS EVE “CHEERS” SIGN

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MATERIALS
paper maché letters (CHEERS)
gold glitter
newspaper scraps
matte Mod Podge
medium-sized paint brush
gloss spray clear coat
hot glue gun + glue
plank of recycled wood (long enough to fit all letters)

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INSTRUCTIONS
1. Remove labels from the letters.
2. Spread out a few sheets of newspaper to catch the glitter as you work.
3. Using your paintbrush, paint a thick layer of Mod Podge onto the front surface of your letter.
4. While it’s wet, sprinkle a thick layer of glitter on top. This is where the newspaper comes in handy, you can catch all the glitter and minimize your waste.
5. Now, paint all sides of the letter that will be exposed and sprinkle with glitter. I chose not to paint the bottom of my letters since I’d be attaching them to a base later.
6. Set the letter aside and allow it to dry.
7. Repeat with Mod Podge and glitter until you’ve finished all the letters.
8. If you realized you missed a few spots, add a dab of Mod Podge and sprinkle with glitter, nobody will ever know.
9. Once all the letters are dry, move outside and spray with a few coats of gloss clear coat to help glitter stick together. I love glitter, but what I hate most is the mess it makes when you touch it. The clear coat definitely reduces that.
10. I used a piece of recycled wood to act as a base for my sign. Arrange the letters along the base and attach with hot glue. If you choose not to use a base, you could always glue the letters together and hang it on the wall.

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

Location and props courtesy of FOUND

Cheers to a safe and happy New Year!