DIY Serving Patio Tray

Move the party from the kitchen to the patio this summer with this color-blocked, dual-handle serving patio tray. Made from just a simple wood board and handles from the hardware store, this summer-ready tray is the perfect vessel for transporting a spread of fruit or perhaps cocktails outdoors. Create one for your home in just an hour and entertain all fresco in style all summer long!

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Materials:

  • Wood board approx. 8″w x 15″l X 1″d. We used hickory wood, but most any species will do.
  • Sandpaper: coarse and fine grain
  • Oil-based (water resistant) paint
  • Paint brush
  • Butcher block board conditioner (food grade)
  • Two hardware handles + screws
  • Electric Drill
  • Pencil

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1. Have the hardware store cut down the board to your desired length.

2. Use coarse-grain sand paper to sand all edges smooth. Follow up with a sanding of fine-grain sandpaper.

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3. Hand-paint board edges with a pop of yellow paint.

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4. Apply board conditioner to the top and bottom of the board with a paper towel. Board conditioner helps prepare the board for being wiped down (prevents drying and cracking), as well as helps conceal knife marks.

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5. Mark with a pen or pencil the location you’d like your hardware placed.

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6. Drill marked locations  from Step 4 with an electric drill bit. Take care not to drill all the way through the board.

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7. Position hardware over drill marks from Step 6, and screw in place.

8. Use to serve summer fruit or pair with a ripe pineapple for a killer house warming gift!

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