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Christmas is coming and I am determined to not put everything off until the last minute this year. I don’t know about you, but I find myself stressed out while I put together gifts on Christmas Eve every single year. Why do I do that to myself? For some reason, I always think I have so much more time than I actually do. It’s ridiculous! This year I’m starting early so I can actually breathe and enjoy the week of Christmas.
My first gift project?
This darling farmhouse bed tray.
Do you ever sit in bed while you work on your laptop and then get in trouble with your hubs for blocking the air to the motor with all your fluffy cozy covers? Yeah, happens here too. I’ve tried to use books underneath but it’s just not all that comfy. The last few months on Insta I have seen some of my maker friends creating risers for their counters. I figured why not widen one a bit and make it a bed tray? So that’s what I did. I grabbed a piece of lumber and some wood feet from the big box store and set to work.
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- 2×12 board– cut to 24 inches
- 4 wood table legs or furniture finials
- stain– I used this one by Homestead House. It’s a stain + finish in one. Expensive but quick and easy.
- miter saw– this is my dream saw. Sigh, someday.
- drill and 1/4 drill bit
- wood glue
- Cut 2×12 wood plank to 24″ long. You will be able to get several trays from one 2×12 board or save the rest of the board for another project later. If you don’t have access to a saw, ask the guys at the big box store (where you are buying the wood) if they’d be willing to cut it for you. Tell them to cut you a 24-inch length. Most of the time they are totally cool with that and love to help.
- Sand the board and the table legs. This takes forever, so turn on a movie or listen to a podcast to keep your brain from going numb. I rounded the corners on the main board so there were no sharp edges. If you have a router, you could do something cool with the edges, but I don’t have one so plain it is. You can make this as simple or as fancy as your heart desires.
- Measure and mark the spots for attaching the table legs/finials. I think I measured in about 1 3/4″. Once you’ve got your placement, drill a small hole. Make sure not to go all the way through your board. You just need the hole deep enough to screw in the table legs.
- Put a dot of glue down into the screw hole and also on the top of the table leg. Screw leg into the hole until tight. Wipe off any glue that may have seeped out with a damp rag then set aside to dry. Once it’s dry, if there was glue seepage that you may have missed, sand it off so you’re stain will take.
- Stain and seal tray and let dry. You could also paint the tray, totally up to you.
Alright friends, that’s it!
You’ve just made a killer DIY Christmas gift. You rock.
Making a farmhouse bed tray is a very simple DIY and the perfect beginner project. Just remember to allocate enough time for sanding all those table legs because, seriously, it takes the major brunt of the effort. Repeat after me, “sand, sand, and sand some more!” Nobody wants a sliver.
Don’t skip the glue when attaching the table legs. Those tiny screws will hold, but not securely and not for the long run. If you are going to do it, do it right so it’s not falling apart in a few months.
If you are planning to make several of these, set up an assembly line. Make all your cuts at once, then do all your drilling, stain all the legs, etc. It’ll go much smoother that way. Or you can do them all one at a time, I’m not your mom and can’t tell you what to do.
Including sandpaper and stain, you’re looking at roughly $20 per farmhouse bed tray. If you can find legs/finials cheaper, that would be where you’d save the most. They sure added up quickly. But if you think about it, $20 for a custom tray is pretty darn reasonable.
I’ve got a few of these cuties to make before Christmas, including one for myself. I mean come on, who really wants to freeze her fanny off in the office when she can work from the comfort of her nice warm bed? Speaking of beds, think the man will let me buy new bedding for Christmas too? I’m thinking a subtle ticking striped duvet. Hmmm. Seen any pretty ones? If so, please tell me in the comments!
Inspire My Creativity
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The Inspire My Creativity hostesses are sharing some fabulous DIY gift ideas this week!
Pop by each of their sites for lots of inspiration.Shani | Sunshine & MunchkinsAnna | Practical and PrettyAli | Home Crafts by AliCathy | A Boy and His MomEmy | Semigloss DesignMissy | Gypsy MagpieChristine | Swordfights & Starry NightsKim | Creigh-ationsCandice | She’s CraftyLauren | A Life of Love and JoySarah | Making Joy & Pretty Things
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