DIY Stenciled Tray with Cricut

The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. Growing up we went to the golf cart parade and then watched the fireworks  over the lake at a family friend’s house.  Once I was in college it usually meant a day in the sun on the beach or dock and then watching fireworks over the beach and listening to a great live band.

I’ve always wanted to make my own tray by finding a cool piece of wood and adding handles to it, so I decided to get patriotic and make a stencil of fireworks to paint on top!

DIY Stenciled Tray

What you’ll need:

When I was returning some extra packing materials at Wal-Mart I wandered down the craft aisle and found the perfect gray wooden piece that they intended for a sign and I thought would be great for a tray. I grabbed some festive paint, a stencil brush and was in business!

First, we’ll make the tray by screwing the cabinet handles into the wood.  I measured the side of the tray and made 2 marks where the handles would be screwed in with equal space on both sides.

I used my drill bit to make pilot holes in the wood on the marks first.

Next, screw the handles into the wood, through the pilot holes.Now you have a functioning tray!  If you want a basic tray, congrats – you’re done!  Otherwise keep reading to add some American flair. Now it’s time to make the stencil.  I wanted to stencil some red, while and blue fireworks on the tray, but needed a picture of fireworks to use.  When searching for ‘4th of July’ I found a fireworks graphic that I liked and inserted it in Design Space.

When the stencil design was the right width (~10″), I was ready to cut it on some scrap vinyl with the Cricut.

So.. I may have a stock pile of different vinyls, but knew I wouldn’t use this 12″x12″ piece because the pattern was too large to do something with, so it became my stencil!
After the design was cut, I weeded it, and then placed the vinyl on the tray between the handles. Stencil time!  I put some red, white, and blue acrylic paint in my paint tray and then dabbed the paint on the stencil, and went to town.

I let the paint dry some (so it wouldn’t run) and then lifted the vinyl off the tray.  I had to touch up some of the white lines with paint, but overall it turned out well and looks festive! Now I’ve got a patriotic tray to use for all the American holidays!  And it serves beverages quite well.  We have even been using it this weekend to hold the fresh fruit! This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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