I have between two to three drinks in my studio at all times. Seriously. It ranges anywhere from coffee to water to lemonade as well as fruit infused variations. Every now and again I partake in a diet soda or even a Monster energy drink. I know, I know. They’re horrible for me! Anyways, I am constantly cleaning up little rings of condensation or nearly knocking my drinks onto my computer every day. This DIY drink tray wasn’t just something that sounded cool. It was and is a HUGE lifesaver.
Let’s get started!
This entire project is made out of reclaimed wood so I’m just using whatever scraps we have laying around. I’m also using my typical drink container (a mason jar) to gage how big my tray will need to be. I am extremelyyyy scientific and calculated when it comes to measuring out my projects.
Oh my, I just had a flashback to fifth grade.
Moving on. Once again, I find a height for the sides that I like with the scraps that I have scrounged up.
After I’ve cut all four sides for my tray using my mitre saw I prop them together onto the base of my tray to ensure that I have measured correctly. Believe it or not, I’ve actually screwed this particular step up quite a bit! Mike is always telling me, “measure twice, cut once”, blah, blah, blah.
He’s right though. Just don’t tell him! ;)
Then, using wood glue and my trusty nail gun I start putting the sides together one by one.
Yay! The tray is all together! Now all you need to do is figure out what colors you’re going to use. Since my wood was a mismatched collaboration I knew that the “natural” look wasn’t going to work this time, and voted for white since it goes with everything.
This next step isn’t necessary if you don’t have stencils, a stencil machine (I love my Silhouette Cameo) or you do not want to use your own handwriting (see this tutorial if you would though!).
Since I am amused by the little things in life I knew a quirky little message like this would make my mornings start off right every day.
How adorable and functional is this tray? Just think of the hundred places you could also use this cutie. For instance:
- outdoors on the patio
- on your nightstand by your bed
- on a table in your family room
- at work in your office
- or even give it away as a gift
If you don’t like the distressed look you can just paint the entire box and leave it as is instead of sanding down the edges to achieve this look. However, I’m a little obsessed with a distressed look. Just my thing! :)
Happy Friday Friends :)