Today, we’re sharing another quick and easy diy idea – how to make a serving tray from a bread board!
This serving tray is one of those pieces I find myself grabbing again and again. We’ve used it so many times when we’re hosting family and friends during busy holiday seasons. We also use it to pull together a fun dinner platter for those busy week nights we just don’t feel like cooking at all! In fact, we’ve been using this tray since we first made it in 2015 and I’m excited to say, it’s still holding up really well.
Making Room for Quiet Moments
If you guys are anything like us, we’re on the road quite a bit during summer and the holiday season. Despite all the travel we’ve been trying our best to steal little moments here and there, especially after hectic days.
My favorite moments are the quite ones. The random morning we get to snuggle up with a steaming cup of coffee and a few extra moments of a good book. The hour on the porch swing spent flipping through magazines. The clicking of my flip flops as I walk down the long drive to pick up packages or to walk on the beach. They all seem like little gifts during the day.
We don’t usually watch a lot of TV. But during the summer and fall seasons we love to enjoy movie nights whenever we can squeeze them into our schedules. We’re so fond of them, we’ve been helping one of my sister’s plan her annual neighborhood movie night summer kickoff and it’s been so much fun.
Most of the time we stick to a menu plan based on the movie we’re watching. For this movie night though, our only plan is to make a simple dinner that can easily be put together.
We originally made a serving tray from a bread board because we needed something that could easily moved from the kitchen to the coffee table, by the fireplace, the ottoman or to use outdoors. It really helped to make things so much more enjoyable because it limited the amount of times we were running to the kitchen for supplies to refresh the board.
After using this serving tray for years, I can honestly say, it would make a great gift for a friend, family member, neighbor or coworker. And you guys, they’re not complicated to make at all!
Here’s what you need to make your own tray…
Bread Board Serving Tray Supplies:
- Bread board (make from thick wood)
- 2 Handles (we picked up these from Hobby Lobby in the hardware section)
- Cordless Drill
- Spade Bit (for cordless drill)
- Socket Wrench or Socket Bit
- Dremel Tool (optional)
- Tape Measure
- Felt Pads
Bread Board Serving Tray Steps:
I found this bread board a few years ago. After using it almost every week, I would definitely recommend using a board that has thick wood.
You’ll also need 2 handles from a craft store, online cabinet store or big box store. I found these at Hobby Lobby in the hardware section where they sell pulls, handles and knobs.
Make sure you have a pencil and tape measure handy to keep your measurements marked and centered.
Once you have the measurements in place, using caution and care, drill two holes into the front side of the bread board with a cordless drill. As always, remember to use common sense, protective eye wear and all proper safety precautions when using power tools.
Now, you don’t want to have the screws from the handle hardware scraping your furniture or counter tops. So, you’ll also need to use a cordless drill and a spade bit to countersink the holes on the back side of the bread board.
Repeat this same process on the opposite side of the bread board. That way, you’ll have two handles on either side of the bread board to help steady your tray.
If you find the handle hardware is longer than the wood on your tray,
cut the excess off using a Dremel tool that has a blade/bit specifically used for cutting metal. Again, you want to use common sense, protective eye wear and caution when using power or hand tools. You may see a few sparks when the blade/bit is used on the hardware screw. It will also be hot so use caution and care.
Attach the nut to the screw using a socket wrench or socket bit for your cordless drill.
If you have scratches on the front of your bread board from attaching the hardware, lightly sand the scratches out and coat the serving tray with food safe oil.
Attach felt pads to the bottom of the hardware if you’re worried about scratches.
Pile high with all your favorite goodies and enjoy.
We’ll be using something similar to this patriotic idea for the summer movie night kick off
but you can see how easy it is to use the bread board serving tray during the holidays,
and for breakfast in bed picnics too!
If you guys decide to make this bread board serving tray (and I hope you do), I can’t tell you convenient they are to use on a regular basis. From hosting holiday parties to a quiet night in front of the fire to enjoying movie night, there are so many ways you’ll use this tray!