One of the most useful tools to have for entertaining is a cocktail tray. I find the ones I always want to purchase are simply too expensive. Thank goodness Brooke came up with this affordable and lovely DIY Cocktail tray that makes it easy to serve drinks to guests and pass around roasted nuts, hors d’oeuvres and other delicious snacks. Who knew a wood cutting board had more than one purpose! Happy crafting.
DIY Cocktail Tray
– 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.
– 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.
– Plug it in and allow it to heat up. Follow instructions on the package.
– 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.
– Now for the fun part, start burning your design onto the board.
– Remove hardware from handles and place on a safe, flat painting surface outside.
– 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.
– 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.
– Place your drill bit centered on the mark and drill straight down, repeat this step as needed.
– 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.
Make sure to check back during the next couple of days for some great cocktails to serve on your new cocktail tray.