After I finished the DIY Wood Block Signs, I had this empty wagon to do something with.
I gave it a little consideration, then tossed it into the pile to re-donate to the thrift store.
I was in the midst of cleaning out my craft room, which was in a shameful state and had decided to be ruthless about it.
There’s simply too much stuff in there.
I kept getting questions about that leftover wagon and what I might do with it.
I couldn’t resist the challenge.
First, I ditched the wheels.
Next, I gave the sides and bottom a coat of white chalk paint.
I adore this paint! It has become a staple in my paint supply. I’ve used it for the DIY Jenga Christmas Ornaments, Thrift Store Bonbon Bowl, Goodwill Decoration Makeover, and the Used Furniture Hack in the How to Thrift Shop Like a PRO series.
I can’t imagine not having it now!
I had something special in mind for the base, so I left it unpainted.
Inspiration for the Wooden Serving Tray
I have to admit that a lot of my projects have some kind of personal inspiration behind them.
This one was no exception.
One of our family traditions has always been visiting a Christmas tree farm every year and cutting our own tree.
But this year, I began thinking about going artificial for our main tree – a first for our 30 years of marriage, and the experience of any of our kids.
The 4 still living at home didn’t mind at all, but when two of our older sons heard of my plans, you would have thought I’d announced vacation cancellation to a 3-year old.
One, in particular, made quite a production of how this change of events totally wrecked his childhood memories. This was all in dramatic jest, but he knows how to pull my heartstrings.
After giving it some thought I realized that because of his job situation, this may likely be the only Christmas season he and his new wife will spend living reasonably close to us. His little boy begging for us all to go cut trees together this year did it.
We piled into a couple of trucks last Saturday, drove to a tree farm, and chopped down two little trees; one for our house and another for theirs.
The 23-year old Baby Boy was happy.
Mama was happy.
And we had a little tree to fit perfectly in the bay window seat of our front room.
Several of the lower limbs needed to be trimmed to fit our stand. They were so full and fragrant…and I knew just how to use them during the Christmas season.
Wood Serving Tray Stencils
While the chalk paint was drying, I designed and cut a stencil to fit the front of the wagon.
Don’t miss Cricut Maker How To: DIY Stencils for details on designing and making stencils.
I left enough room on each side of the words to add a stenciled Christmas tree – the same stencil I made for the blocks was a perfect fit.
Then I lightly distressed the edges with a sanding block.
For the inside, I used a piece of a buffalo check fleece blanket I found at a thrift store over a year ago. I knew it would come in handy eventually!
These amazing galvanized tin buckets came from a yard sale last month and I was more than a little happy to get to use them so soon.
They were perfect for the tree trimmings.
I also added some felt furniture pads to the corners of the tray so it won’t scratch my table.
I’m so glad I gave that little wagon a second thought.
I heard several suggestions for keeping the wheels, but I really love the idea of a wooden serving tray that paired so well with that buffalo check fleece and the tin buckets.
And next year I can pair it with one of those cute little red trucks with a big cut tree billowing out of the back…
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