My poor mother. She has received a boat-load of Mother’s Day gifts that were handcrafted with love and personality: hand-cut heart-shaped cards, finger-painted murals, and discombobulated pottery to say the least. And hey – I grew up to earn a fine art degree so I had some skill as a child, right?
Let’s face it, when it comes to DIY, we can’t all be Martha Stewart. But that doesn’t give us the right to give up! Ladies and gents, you have a week to get your act together and serve your mum breakfast in bed in style. Introducing, the do-it-yourself serving tray: durable wood, clean-safe stained glass, and stylish copper handles. Trust me – you can do this!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 14 x 14 inch cut smooth wood (this is your base)
- 12 x 12 inch stained glass (find tons of pre-cut color/pattern choices at Hobby Lobby)
- 1/4-inch copper pipe, 2 pieces at 12-inches long
- 1/4-inch copper elbows, 4 total
- permanent adhesive glue
- paint and primer
- power drill and 1/4-inch paddle bit
Step No. 1: Prep your base
Start by sanding your wood base, if needed. Apply a primer, then the paint color of your choice. I chose to paint my base an off-white to allow the copper and marble green to really pop.
Step No. 2: Adhere the glass
Using a strong adhesive glue, coat the back of your stained glass. Place in the center of the painted wood base. Let dry.
Step No. 3: Attaching your handles
Start by applying permanent glue onto each end of your copper pipe and then attach the copper elbow. Do this for both sides of your pipe and let dry. This will be your handle. Position the handle on your tray and measure the length from each elbow’s center point. Mark the center points on the tray with a pencil.
Next, use your power drill and 1/4-inch paddle bit to drill partially into the wooden base (roughly 1/8-inch). You may want to seek assistance with for part if you have never used a power drill.
Finally, fill your newly created intention with permanent adhesive. Insert the handle elbows into the intentions so they fit snug. Let dry.
Step No. 4: Mimosa’s and Mom
Surprise your favorite lady with fresh blooms from the garden and a bubbly mimosa to start her day. Happy Mother’s Day!
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