As I shared last week, we’re on the road quite a bit during the holiday season. I’ve been trying my best to steal little moments here and there, especially after hectic days. My favorite moments are the quite ones. The random morning spent checking my gift list with a steaming cup of peppermint mocha. The hour on the porch swing spent with a holiday magazine. The clicking of my flip flops as I walk down the long drive to pick up packages. They all seem like little gifts during the day.
A few weeks ago, I was able to enjoy a quiet night and watch one of my favorite old movies from start to finish. The entire night went completely uninterrupted. I know. That never happens! We usually stick to the menu plan really well but for this impromptu movie night we decided the only plan was dinner had to be easy to put together.
It was out of our need for a place to house said dinner this breadboard turned serving tray idea was born. It definitely made “coffee table eating” much more enjoyable and it also limited the amount of times we were running to the kitchen for supplies. This would make a great gift for a friend, family member, neighbor or coworker. Here’s what you need to make your own tray…
I found this breadboard a few months ago. After trying this project out, I would definitely recommend using a board that has thick wood.
You’ll also need to find 2 handles from a craft store, online or at a big box store. I found these at Hobby Lobby.
Make sure you have a pencil and tape measure handy to keep your measurements tight and centered.
Once we had the measurements in place, we drilled two holes into the front side of the breadboard using a cordless drill. Remember to use common sense, protective eyewear and caution when using power tools.
Now, you don’t want to have the screws from the hardware scraping your furniture or countertops so you’ll also need to use a cordless drill and a spade bit to countersink the holes on the back side of the breadboard.
Repeat this same process on the opposite side so you’ll have two handles to help steady your tray.
If you find the handle hardware is longer than the wood on the tray,
cut the extra off using a Dremel tool that has a blade/bit specifically used for cutting metal. Again, you want to use common sense, protective eyewear 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 breadboard from attaching the hardware lightly sand the scratches out and coat with food safe oil.
Attach felt pads to the bottom of the hardware if you’re worried about scratches.
Pile high with holiday goodies and enjoy.
Once you’re ready to clean your breadboard turned tray this post will show you how.
See you guys back here tomorrow. I’m sharing an easy to create indoor hot chocolate bar.