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How to get inspired with a patriotic tray first appeared last year as a way to honor our military hero’s and first responders. They are so dedicated and selfless. If you have someone in your life who is in the military or in another type of service or you serve this tray is a great way to remember the dedication to our country.
How do you get inspired? Do you get those high end catalogs in the mail and drool? Yes I am right there with you. I got a Spring Edition catalog from a popular store we all love and saw a tray. The tray, made from boards was very simple in design and to make. Theirs showed a bunny and as much as I loved it I knew mine was going to be a flag theme. How to get inspired with a patriotic tray is easy to make.
By the time I started to work on this the tray wasn’t on the web site. Lucky for me I still had the catalog to get the basic idea for the construction.
Step 1. Building the Tray
I rummaged through the wood pile and pulled out pallet boards. Using the miter saw I cut 4 boards 23 inches long. Next I sawed a 1 x 2 in 3 pieces 14 inches long.
For this little project I must have used every power tool I have. I got out the compressor and brad nailer and put the tray together by laying the pallet boards on top of the 1 x 2’s. One 1 x 2 board goes in the middle and one on each side 1 ¼ inch in. Nail the pallet boards on the 1 x 2’s.
The next power tool in my arsenal is the sander with a 60 grit paper. Sand the boards smooth.
Step 2. Painting the Tray
I decided to use Old Fashioned Milk Paint, I started with Oyster White on the 1st board and the 3rd one. Federal Blue was painted on the 2nd and 4th boards. I mixed the paint up per the directions. As an Old Fashioned Milk Paint Brand Blogger I can tell you this is wonderful paint and very versatile.
Step 3. Decorating the Tray
My other inspiration for this tray is a stencil I have of patriotic and inspirational sayings. I did a mockup of the different words and phrases on tracing paper. This helps in visualizing where I wanted the words. I decided while the words were what I wanted they needed to be larger so I didn’t use the stencil. But it was the inspiration.
Now some of you are lucky enough to have a Silhouette. I don’t so I used my computer and decided on 3 fonts and adjusted the size and typed the words.
To transfer to the tray use saral paper and trace around the words. I only have red craft paint but it worked fine. Sand back slightly to smooth out.
Step 4. Protecting the Tray
Now this is where I could have had a disaster, I wanted to protect the tray and decided to use a product from another paint line. I wanted to make it durable and as I painted it on I watched the paint dissolve. But it is exactly the look I was going for.
Step 5. Adding the Handles
A tray is not complete without handles. Do you remember when I had the tray frenzy part one and two and bought handles where the screw goes underneath? If not you can read about it here. So the handles are white and look good. I used those handles.
I had to make a template from a piece of scrap wood so the holes would be correct. After taking careful measurement I drilled the hole for the screws. By making the template I got the handles on correctly, WHEW!
The next step is to decide on the placement and drill holes through the 1 x 2. After I did that I used the spade drill bit to create a larger hole so the nut can set in.
See how a picture can be inspiring? What are you inspired by?
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