DIY Serving Tray with a Bowl Rest

This DIY Serving Tray features a sly little nesting place for your salsa bowl and dishes to rest!

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We’re bringing that mid-century vibe back to entertaining with this DIY Serving Tray with a built-in dish holder!

We love hidden compartments like a 90’s second grader loved Lisa Frank.

And while there are technically no hidden compartments with this DIY Serving Tray, there is a sly little nesting place for your salsa bowl and dishes to rest neatly in place.

Is it kind of the same thing, right?

We’re getting the warm fuzzy’s about it either way.

We also feel that we should mention this simple little DIY requires absolutely zero power tools, which is the next best thing since the phrase “no-sew” if you ask us.

And no, there is no duct tape involved either!

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Materials and Tools Needed to Make a DIY Serving Tray With a Bowl Rest

Unfinished wooden plaque with a circle — Our wood board conveniently features a circle cutout for photos (which we used as our bow rest opening). If you do not find one with a cutout, then you can cut when out yourself. 

Wooden blocks — Ours are 1″ wood blocks from the craft store. You can use any scrap wood laying around also.

Wood glue

Wood stain  — We painted ours in Early American for that rustic mid-century look.

Extra fine sandpaper

Spray food-safe shellac

Foam brush

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How to Make a DIY Serving Tray with a Bowl Rest

Step 1 — Our wooden board comes relatively sanded since it is a plaque.

But we wanted it to be extra smooth to avoid splintery food or hands to be had when it comes time to use it.

So be pretty generous with how thorough you’re sanding!

Step 2 — Once you’ve sanded all sides, use a foam brush to stain the wood (including the wooden blocks as legs) in the color of your choice.

Let dry completely according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

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Step 3 — Next,  glue a wooden block to each corner with wood glue.

You need to either clamp the legs to the board while the glue dries.

Or flip it right-side up and sit something heavy on top to ensure it’s secure while the wood glue sets.

Step 4 — Once everything is dried, spray the entire piece with food-safe shellac and wait 48 hours before using.

DIY serving tray - Sugar & Cloth - Entertaining

DIY serving tray - Sugar & Cloth - Entertaining

We actually used a small bowl from Ikea to set in the nested circle. And it makes for the perfect dipping bowl!

It’s also perfect for a dessert and dip spread or even for some delicious homemade churros with chocolate chili sauce.

 

DIY serving tray - Sugar & Cloth - Entertaining

That plain wooden plaque turned out pretty nifty, right?!

We’re super happy with the way it turned out.

And I think it makes for a really clever serving tray that’s easy to maneuver.

DIY serving tray - Sugar & Cloth - Entertaining

DIY serving tray - Sugar & Cloth - Entertaining

 

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DIY Serving Tray with a Bowl Rest

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This easy serving tray tutorial will show you how to make a beautiful platter that doubles as a bowl rest!
Active Time45 mins
Dry Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 45 mins
Course DIY
Category Kitchen Decor

Equipment

  • Wood glue
  • Extra fine sandpaper
  • Foam brush

Materials

  • 1 wood plaque with circle cutout
  • 4 wood block
  • 1 wood stain
  • 1 clear shellac spray food safe grade

Instructions

  • Optional: Sand your wood board.
    Ours was relatively sanded, but we wanted it to be extra smooth to avoid splinters.
  • With a foam brush, stain the wood (including the wooden blocks as legs) in the color of your choice.
    Let dry completely according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Glue a wooden block to each corner of the board with wood glue.
    Clamp the legs to the board while the glue dries. Or flip it right-side up and sit a heavy object on top to make sure it’s secure while the wood glue sets.
  • Once everything is dried, spray the entire piece with food-safe shellac and wait 48 hours before using.
Cost: $20
KEYWORD: diy serving tray with a bowl rest

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4 thoughts on “DIY Serving Tray with a Bowl Rest”

  1. This would make such an awesome gift for the holidays! Did I really just throw out gift giving already?

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

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  2. This is THE CUTEST.

    Definitely going to be making this for a few gifts this year. Thanks for sharing!!

    xo, Kait.
    www.teacupsandthings.com

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