DIY Kit: Tray

Our DIY Kits offer you the perfect opportunity to give the gift of an experience. Whether you all build your own or you build something together, not only will you get a tray you love, but you’ll get to build it yourself! If you’ve already purchased your DIY Kit Tray, here are a few instructional videos to help you along the way! Happy building!

Step 1: Staining

Prep your painting/staining/building area

  1. Lay down an old towel or rag, newspaper, piece of cardboard or other material you don’t mind getting dirty, on a flat service. This will serve as your workspace to protect the space under where you will be working from stain, paint, and sawdust.

  2. Stain your wood supports

    1. Using the stain and stain brush (wooden brush with bristles) included with your kit, lightly dip and apply stain to each visible side of your 1x2 wood supports. The bottom of these pieces will not be seen, but every other side will be.

    2. Be careful to not apply too much stain, less is more. If you have an old rag or paper towel, use this to wipe the stain and create a more even look.

    3. While your supports are drying, stain your wood planks.

Step 4: Adding your Design

Apply your stencil vinyl

  1. Your stencil vinyl has three parts. The paper backing, the stencil and the transfer paper (clear layer on top). The first step to this process is ensure you know where you are placing your stencil.

  2. Once you’ve identified a location, remove the paper backing from the vinyl (the white paper from the back).

  3. Place the vinyl in your desired location.

  4. Take an old card (credit card, room key, gift card, etc.) and press down the vinyl. It’s important at this stage to ensure the vinyl is very secure to your sign.

  5. Once the stencil is pressed down and all bubbles have been pushed out of the design area (see a video of this at McAlpinCreative.com/diy-kit-tray) you are ready to remove the transfer paper.

  6. Starting in any corner, begin removing the clear layer of transfer paper. Go slow. This is the most difficult portion of the DIY kit. Each portion you pull, press the blue stencil down to ensure the stencil isn’t removed with the transfer paper. (Some designs are more difficult than others. When in doubt, go slow and continue to press down the blue stencil. If a portion tears, simply push it back down.)

Step 2: Hardware Assembly

Add your decorative tray handles

  1. Once your 1x2 wood support have dried, place the wood supports stain-side down and begin screwing in the included hardware screws into the guide holes provided.

  2. Once the screws are visible on the other side of the support, place the tray handle over the holes here the screws are poking through, and finish screwing the hardware screws into the tray handles.

  3. Repeat step 4 for the second tray handle.

    1. If you need to stain the bottom of your wood planks, go back to step 3 and finish staining the bottom piece of your wood planks. Let them dry for 15-20 minutes.

 

Step 5: Securing Design

Once the transfer paper is removed, go back over the design with your card to press the stencil vinyl back down, ensuring there are no areas that are not securely attached to the sign.

 

Step 7: Removing Vinyl

Remove your stencil

  1. To remove the stencil, gently pull up the edges and remove all blue stencil vinyl.

Step 3: Tray Assembly

Screw your wood planks into the tray handle wood supports

  1. With your first tray handle facing down, line up your wood planks evenly across the back of your first tray handle wood support. Once they are lined up evenly, screw the planks into the guide holes of the supports using the included wood screws.

  2. Repeat the on the opposite side of the tray. Make sure the planks are lined up evenly across the support.

 

Step 6: Painting

Paint your design

  1. Once the stencil is securely placed, it’s time to paint! Choose your color and, using the sponge brush, lightly dab your paint onto the design.

  2. Apply your paint LIGHTLY, too much paint could result in the paint seeping under the stencil, altering the final result. Allow the first coat of paint to fully dry.

  3. Apply a second coat of paint.

  4. Allow to fully dry. (You can expedite this time by using a blowdryer (on cold) or fan.)