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This rustic and charming wooden tray is a great addition to a masculine and casual office space: Hold office supplies, paperwork or even lunch while you work. With its organic materials, the tray combines texture and color with form and function. You can create this project in an afternoon for under $20.
Step 1: Cut Wood to Size
Cut and assemble boards as shown to make sure you have all the pieces. If you don’t have access to a saw, many times the home improvement store can make the cuts for you on site.
Step 2: Paint the Narrow Boards Blue
Paint the ends, sides and tops of all eight 18½ x 2 x 1-inch boards. You can use acrylic paint and seal with a sealant after the paint dries for a more durable finish.
Step 3: Drill Holes
Drill two holes, centered and approximately four inches apart on each of the end pieces. These holes need to be large enough to thread the rope through for the handles.
Step 4: Attach the Bottom Piece
Nail each of the blue painted boards (the bottom pieces) to the end board. If you use finish nails, you may not have to patch. If you use larger nails, countersink the holes and fill them with wood putty. Repeat for the other end board.
Step 5: Attach the Sides
When you are finished attaching the end pieces, your tray should look like this. The next step is to attach the side pieces to the tray. Nail the side pieces just as you did the end pieces. The side pieces will run the entire length of the tray.
Step 6: Create Handles
Now it’s time to add the handles. Use jute rope similar to this one, and cut two 18-inch pieces. Tie one end of the rope into a knot as shown. Thread the piece of rope without the knot into the holes.
The knot should be located inside the tray.
Step 7: Tie Off the Handles
Thread the other end of the rope through the hole. Leave enough slack on the outside to create the handle. Tie off the other end with a knot and pull tight. Repeat for the other side.
Step 8: Fill It and Enjoy!
Arrange your favorite desk supplies, decorations or paperwork in your new tray, and get to work in style!
KariAnne Wood’s website Thistlewood Farms is an award winner, having been chosen as a Top 10 blog by Better Homes and Gardens. KariAnne provides DIY crafting project ideas for Home Depot. If you’re planning to try your hand at making a desk organizer and are looking for accompanying accessories to go with it, you can find many options on Home Depot’s website. For a fresh new Home Depot video on this project and other decor ideas, you can visit the Ten-X site here.