Malaysian self-taught DIYer on how to make your own serving tray


The tray can be customised with your personal touch and to suit your serving needs. Photos: Aida Ihsani

As we celebrate Aidilfitri with loved ones, let’s carry the warmth of homemade craftsmanship with a DIY project that’s as delightful as it is practical.

Introducing the DIY serving tray – a versatile creation perfect for showcasing and serving delicious cookies during the festive season.

With just a few simple materials and tools, we can transform pallet wood into a beautiful and functional centrepiece for our celebrations. Enhance the joy of sharing delicious treats with loved ones with your own handmade tray that embodies the essence of creativity and tradition.

Whether you’re serving up traditional Raya cookies or other delectable treats, this DIY project can be customised with your personal touch and to suit your serving needs.

So, let’s roll up our sleeves and embark on this creative journey together in the spirit of Raya. Join me as we craft a serving tray that not only adds a personal touch to our celebrations but also creates cherished memories for years to come.

PROJECT - Tray

Materials

> Base - 2 pieces of pallet wood, 15cm x 50cm

> Brace - 2 pieces of pallet wood, 8cm x 30cm

> Handles

Tools

> Ruler

> Drill driver and screws

> Sander

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

> Mask

> Goggles

1. Let’s kick things off by grabbing our trusty pallet wood and cutting it into four pieces for our tray. Cut two pieces from the 15cm-wide pallet wood, each measuring 50cm, and two pieces from the 8cm-wide pallet wood, each at 30cm.1. Let’s kick things off by grabbing our trusty pallet wood and cutting it into four pieces for our tray. Cut two pieces from the 15cm-wide pallet wood, each measuring 50cm, and two pieces from the 8cm-wide pallet wood, each at 30cm.

2. Get ready to mark where to screw the pieces together. Take those 15cm-wide pieces and mark where you want to attach the brace at the bottom.2. Get ready to mark where to screw the pieces together. Take those 15cm-wide pieces and mark where you want to attach the brace at the bottom.

3. Now, it’s time to smooth things out! Grab your sandpaper or sander and give all those wood pieces a good sanding session. Smooth surfaces make for a sleek and stylish tray.3. Now, it’s time to smooth things out! Grab your sandpaper or sander and give all those wood pieces a good sanding session. Smooth surfaces make for a sleek and stylish tray.

4. From the bottom side, secure the brace to the sides of the tray where you marked using screws.4. From the bottom side, secure the brace to the sides of the tray where you marked using screws.

5. Time to put the pieces together! Place the two braces on the sides and flip the tray upside down.5. Time to put the pieces together! Place the two braces on the sides and flip the tray upside down.

6. And last but not least, let’s add some flair! Attach some handles to the sides of the tray for that extra touch of style and convenience. Get creative with your handle choice – it’s the cherry on top of our tray-tastic creation!6. And last but not least, let’s add some flair! Attach some handles to the sides of the tray for that extra touch of style and convenience. Get creative with your handle choice – it’s the cherry on top of our tray-tastic creation!

Aida Ihsani is a self-taught DIYer and woodworker with over eight years of experience. Through her women’s woodworking workshops, she has empowered over 1,000 women from all walks of life to be confident in using power tools and start their DIY journey. For more on Aida’s workshop, visit www.aidaihsani.com or @iamaidaihsani on Instagram.


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