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Gold-Painted Wooden Tray

This gilded accessory is multipurpose: Corral small items, carry warm treats from room to room, or serve cocktails at a holiday party.

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Photography: Enthralling Gumption

Source: Martha Stewart


This idea comes from our contributor Marwa Hayat. She calls this a “must-have accessory. "With a bit of elbow grease and a few basic tools, here's how you can make a tray that is truly your own," Hayat recommends.


  • 2 3/4-by-15/4-by-20-inch pine lumber boards

  • Dark brown oil-based wood stain

  • Stenciling tape

  • Champagne gold acrylic craft paint

  • Paintbrushes

  • Wood glue

  • Handheld drill

  • 18-millimeter drill bit

  • Clamp

  • 2 brackets

  • 8 screws

  • 17-millimeter rope

  • Heavy-duty scissors

  • Pencil

  • Measuring tape

  • Polyurethane (optional)


  1. To drill holes: Mark 1 inch away from the width and 1 inch away from the length to mark the midpoint of the hole (where the drill bit meets the wood). Countercheck this measurement with your bracket as they will be placed in between the holes. Next, clamp your wood to a stable desk and begin to drill. (Note: We recommend wearing a pair of safety goggles and gloves while drilling.)

    wooden tray diy
  2. Glue the two wood boards together using wood glue.

    wooden tray diy
  3. Clamp glued boards together; let dry completely.

    wooden tray diy
  4. Tape the edges of the wood 4 inches from the middle. Stain the larger area with wood stain. (Tip: You can also mix some black with brown to achieve the color pictured here.) Leave it on for 5-15 minutes and wipe off excess stain; let dry completely.

    wooden tray diy
  5. Remove tape and brush off the edges with champagne gold paint; let dry completely. (Tip: At this stage, you may apply a coat of polyurethane to protect the wood if desired.)

    wooden tray diy
  6. Screw in brackets between the holes where the rope handles will be secured.

    wooden tray diy
  7. Thread rope and tie a knot at the other side. (Tip: To make the ropes extra secure you may use some glue to fix it to the wood.)

    wooden tray diy

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