DIY Serving Tray With A Bowl Rest

DIY Serving Tray With A Bowl Rest — We’re bringing that mid century vibe back to entertaining with this DIY Serving Tray with a built in dish holder!

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I 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.

It’s kind of the same thing right? I’m getting the warm fuzzy’s about it either way.

I also feel that I 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 me!

And no, there is no duct tape involved either…

DIY serving tray - Sugar & Cloth - Entertaining

Materials DIY Serving Tray With A Bowl Rest

Unfinished wooden plaque with circle

1″ wooden blocks

Wood glue

Wood stain in Early American 

Extra fine sand paper

Spray food safe shellac

Foam brush

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How To Make A DIY Serving Tray With A Bowl Rest

The wooden board comes relatively sanded.

But we wanted it to be extra smooth so there are no splintery food or hands to be had when it comes time to use it. So be pretty generous with how thorough you’re sanding!

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

Let dry completely according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

DIY serving tray - Sugar & Cloth - Entertaining

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 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.

 

DIY serving tray - Sugar & Cloth - EntertainingDIY 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!

DIY serving tray - Sugar & Cloth - Entertaining

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

I’m 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

DIY serving tray - Sugar & Cloth - Entertaining

Don’t forget to share your DIY Serving Tray with us on Instagram using the hashtag #sugarandclothloves. We always love seeing all of your creations! Looking for more interior design inspiration? You can find them all of our home decor tutorials and ideas right here!

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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