If you haven't noticed I have a slight obsession with trays. I like them all shapes and possible forms but my favorite is handmade or at least home-decorated. Recently I published a post about how to make Shabby Chic Style Trays. If you don't have the patience to go through a tricky process of transferring prints on wood or to distress them for a shabby look then you can just stop a couple of steps before and create DIY Rustic Trays. These trays are perfect for every morning breakfast routine but also can be a great decoration for your apartment. Besides the obvious purpose, I use them for Montessori shelf for my toddler. They are also so easy to make. You can be done in less than an hour.
- Wooden tray of any size and style. I chose this cheap walnut unfinished trays from Amazon. They are small, very convenient and could be used for different purposes.
- Minwax oil-based stain (I used a mix that I had of Weathered Oak and Provincial)
- Brush for paint
- Jute Twine ( I've discovered recently that Home Depot has a very cheap jute twine in stock)
- Glue Gun
- First, we need to stain our DIY Rustic trays. Make sure the surface is clean and dry. Apply stain in the direction of wood grain, using cloth, paper towel or a brush. Wipe off any exceeding stain and let it dry.
- Using a glue gun attach jute twine around the handles. That's it! DIY Rustic Tray is ready to serve!