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