I was totally in my creative element when Builders contacted me to participate in their #DontBuyitDIYit for mother’s day tray making challenge. I was sent a DIY tray kit with all the supplies that I needed to complete the project, but was able to choose my own design on the tray itself.

Step-by-step DIY tray for mother's day
Step-by-step DIYtray for mother's day

What you will need for this DIY tray

  • 460 x 305 x 18mm pine shelving
  • Stencil or pattern of your choice
  • Repositionable spray-on glue if you are using a stencil
  • Dulux Pearlglo paint in the colours of your choice
  • Sponge brush or paint brush
  • Plascon Paint Effects Waterbased Glazecoat with a Matt finish
  • Sponge roller and tray
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Pipe cutter
  • Four 15mm copper stop ends
  • Four 15mm 90-degree copper elbow
  • Four 15mm copper pipe (cut to 20mm)
  • Four 15mm copper pipe (cut to 230mm)
  • 3 x 16mm chipboard screws
  • Drill with 3mm wood drill bit
  • Large nail
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Pattex Liquid Steel Power Epoxy
  • A set of Latex gloves

You can follow this link to the full step-by-step tutorial on the Builders website, complete with easy to follow images. Alternatively there is also a video tutorial that you can watch below.

Here with the results of my tray. I opted to make use of a geometric pattern that I downloaded from the internet. I then traced it with pencil on the tray and painted it by hand. The rose gold was vinyl that I cut. The mug is from Sugar&Vice and the bunny plate from gonk.

Step-by-step tray DIY for mother's day
Step-by-step tray DIY for mother's day
Step-by-step tray DIY for mother's day
Step-by-step tray DIY for mother's day

Contact details
Website: www.builders.co.za
Twitter: @BuildersFan #DontBuyitDIYit
Facebook: Builders Fan
Instagram: @BuildersFan

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  1. Janet W Perry

    Oooh what a fabulous project, my mom is tray-mad heehee. I would personalise it with two additional copper handles to prevent slips and slides, and I would love to enhance it with a border of flower and butterfly stencils because she loves those!

  2. Natalie Vice

    Such a cool idea, love die S&V koppie 😉