Do you have a wood tray that could use a good upcycle? Here’s a quick project for you. (Hint: This could also make a unique teacher gift!)
I had a sad little unstained wood tray sitting around my craft room. What should I do with it? Then I spied my collection of colorful yardsticks that I’ve picked up at thrift stores and yard sales. They are usually only a quarter. I didn’t know what I’d do with them when I bought them, but the color, patina and history of the pieces were so inspiring.
So, the boring wood tray and the colorful rulers came together for a unique upcycle.
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Stain or Paint the Tray
My tray has a dark walnut finish now, which contrasts nicely with the bright rulers.
Cut the Yardsticks
Admittedly, this is the hardest part. If you have a table saw, it won’t be difficult. If you don’t have a table saw, you could still cut these by hand and then sand the rough edges.
I tried to mix and match the cuts for these rulers so that the numbers were not always lined up with the previous piece.
Attach the Yardsticks
E6000 glue is a great choice for a project like this. It dries clear but has a super strong bond.
There you have it! Simple DIY with great results.
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