It’s all about the gift giving and boy that feels good right? Even better when you make the gift! How about a handmade star tray for a beautiful hostess gift? Bring this DIY wood star serving tray filled with yummies to your next holiday party and the hosts will be forever grateful.
A DIY tutorial to build a wood star tray. Make this star shaped serving tray for your holiday party or even better the perfect hostess gift!
Ana White and I are back with another Handbuilt Holiday gift project idea. This time it’s a home decor gift that’s beautiful and useful especially during this festive season. And best of all you can make it rather quickly using just a few supplies.
Star Serving Tray
- beautiful five pointed star shape
- plenty of space for goodies
- make it savory or sweet
- perfect 1 1/2″ depth
Ana designed this star tray with easy mitered angles you can cut on any miter saw. And with five repeated cuts it’s a super quick project that you can put together in less than an hour.
I choose to go with a clear satin poly spray finish. I just love the natural wood tone and honestly I didn’t have time to wait for stain to dry. If you do choose to finish the star tray with stain be sure it is completely dry and you must seal it with a polyurethane. Once the poly is cured it is food safe. And if you’re still hesitant about placing food on the wood just put down a piece of wax paper.
Ana has the plans to make this star tray here. Be sure to read through the steps first and check my notes down below before beginning.
Join the 5 angled side portions first and then dry fit the whole star shape to be sure it looks proper. When attaching the angled pieces clamp each piece to the table and then nail in position. This helps the keep the angled joint secure while driving the brad nails.
For the backing I placed the star shape on top of the 1/4″ plywood and then traced around the edge. Be sure to make an x on the backing and a corresponding x on the star to match up the shape. Although technically all the sides should be equal that doesn’t always happen and it will save frustration when you try to attach the back and it matches up perfectly.
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