Friday, June 3, 2016

Make a Rustic Tray from the Side of an Old Crate

Don't you love it when a project comes together completely by accident? That's just what happened with this rustic tray I put together from the side of an old crate, yardstick pieces, and sheet metal.

repurposed crate and vintage yardsticks made into a tray
Perfect for holding an indoor plant and a couple of my junky junk projects.

use the side of an old crate as a rustic tray base
I was all set to use this last piece of a broken crate to make one more rustic sign, but then I flipped it over and realized the wedges on each end looked like feet.
This needed to be a tray!

use vintage yardsticks to make a rustic tray
I glanced over at the bundle of yardstick pieces that were loitering on my workbench, hoping I had enough to go around. Yes! 

vintage meter stick
No fancy corners or precision cuts allowed.
I used a hand saw, a little wood glue, and a few tiny nails here and there.

use sheet metal to line the bottom of a rustic tray
I used tin snips to cut down a piece of sheet metal leftover from another project, then I nailed it down in each corner before attaching the yardsticks.
SAFETY FIRST! Always wear gloves when working with sheet metal! 

rustic tray and yardsticks
Gotta love those stubby feet.

how to make a rustic tray from salvaged junk

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  1. Love it Betsy! My kind of project, fun and vintage!

  2. One of the prettiest things you have EVAH made!!! So glad you flipped it over and saw dem feets!

  3. I love it ~ very cool and unique:)

  4. You outdid yourself, Betsy, even by your high standards! This tray is wonderful!

  5. The projects that come together by accident are often the best ones. It's perfect, Betsy! I love it.

  6. This is really cool, Betsy! Love it! xo

  7. Love your tray Betsy!! Looks awesome on your table 😍

  8. Looks really great! So unique. Love your creativeness.

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  10. what a terrific idea! Thanks so much,

  11. This is so cute Betsy!! And I love that HOME sign!

  12. Another useful and clever project Betsy, and as always, beautifully done!

  13. That's awesome! I love anything with rulers. Pinning.

  14. You never disappoint with your creativity Betsy. Love this. Happy Week End.

  15. Beautiful project- as always! I love how you took 3 separate pieces and married them together! The sheet metal was a great finishing touch:)

  16. Love your tray Betsy! It looks great with the metal insert. Awesome!

  17. This is a great project -- yes-- definitely love the wedges/feet! Perfect job!

  18. Another perfectly Betsy original!!

  19. Fantastic transformation!! Love it!! Thanks so much for visiting!!


  20. Oh good grief Betsy! This is adorable! got some creativity going on and I love it. I am in awe that you used even a hand saw! My man would have a stroke if he even thought I was going to be pick up a saw of any kind. He thinks cause I'm a lefty that I am at RISK! LOL! But, that's bad for him really cause that just means he has to do all the cutting for my little projects! LOL! I love your tray! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  21. What a great creative idea. I love it.

  22. Thanks for linking with Waste Not Wednesday ....I love yardsticks and your tray is adorable.

  23. I know I've already left a comment Betsy but just wanted to let you know that your sweet Tray is being featured over at Waste Not Wednesday! Thank you so much for sharing :-)


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