Colorful Serving Tray from Window Blinds

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Beautiful summer serving tray from old window blinds. Craft tutorial by TwoPlusCute

Do you happen to have any old & battered wooden window blinds? Ones that were the wrong size for your windows or were simply too battered and are about to hit the curbside? Keep them!

We are about to upcycle them and turn them into one of the best looking serving trays, you have ever seen!

 

Beautiful colorful serving tray from old window blinds. Craft tutorial by TwoPlusCute

 

When we bought our home, we “inherited” a couple wooden window blinds. They had the normal wear and tear of the years and were the wrong size for the windows (one of them was on the window we uninstalled).

I was about to throw them out when inspiration struck (and struck big, I almost got a bruise I tell you).

For this DIY we need cheap but wooden blinds. Their blades are made of thin laminate that you can cut even with a kitchen knife (seriously). This is how I cut the corners for the frame – I made gradient cuts with a utility knife:

 

DIY serving tray from old window blinds. The simplest way to cut blind slats. Craft tutorial by TwoPlusCute

 

I did get to use a compound miter saw (wheee!) but if you don’t have one, just use a utility knife. Quite the step up from this time I had cut lattice, for our holiday low cost and darn pretty porch makeover.

Oh and this is a sizable tray: 17” x 13.5” (43 x 34 cm) but you can cut it in any size.

 

How to Make a Serving Tray using old Window Blinds

 

Beautiful serving tray from old window blinds! Tutorial by TwoPlusCute

 

Materials:

Old, cheap window blinds, you are about to throw away

A thin piece of plywood (will make the base of our tray extra sturdy)

 

Tools of the Trade:

A cutter (utility knife or any saw you are in favor of)

Glue

Small nails (and a hammer)

Paint & Sealer & brush

 

Optional

Corner clamps, handles, music, etc

 

SHORT DIY VERSION:

Beautiful & colorful summer serving tray from old window blinds. Craft tutorial by TwoPlusCute

 

Cut the slats to three (3) sizes: as many as you need for the base of your tray, 6 (slats) for the long sides of the tray and 6 (slats) for the short sides.

Glue 3 slats – of the same length – together to make a side. Rinse and repeat until you have the 4 sides. Glue them – at the corners – to make the frame.

Paint everything.

Glue the slats on the plywood base.

Once everything is dry, attach the frame to the base with nails.

Optional-ish: Seal and add handles.

 

Beautiful serving tray from old wooden window blinds. Craft tutorial by TwoPlusCute

 

SUPER EXHAUSTIVE (and – possibly – exhausting) VERSION:

1. Remove the blinds from the mechanism and wipe them clean. To remove them, you only need to cut the central cord (at both sides) and then, slide the slats out from the net support.

 

Beautiful serving tray from old window blinds. Craft tutorial by TwoPlusCute

 

2. Decide how big you want the serving tray and cut to size.

Super TIP: if you are using a power tool to cut them, grab them all together and secure (towards the end of both sides) with any sticky tape (painter’s, masking, duct tape). Do your cuts and you will have perfect equally sized slats.

3. Paint the slats and wait for them to dry. Seal them.

4. Glue the slats on the plywood base, put something heavy on and wait for the glue to cure.

 

Time to make the sides/frame

 

Beautiful serving tray from old window blinds, making the frame. Craft tutorial by TwoPlusCute

 

(You can make them with 2 slats for each side but I used 3, to match the depth of the handles I picked.)

5. Take 12 slats (4 sides x 3 slats each side). Glue 3 slats together to make a side. Rinse and repeat until you have the 4 sides.

6. Once your glue has dried, secure (with tape) 2 sides together (to get the exact same lengths) and cut. You should end up with two long sides and two short sides.

 

Rocking the compound miter saw (first time newbie)

 

Optional: add handles. If you want to add handles, get your two short sides together and drill them in one go. Drill, but don’t attach the handles yet.

7. Make the frame. You can cut mitered corners and glue them together OR do a zig zag cut. Then – ideally using corner clamps – create the frame by gluing the sides together to form a rectangle (but if you don’t have corner clamps it’s fine – I only had one and didn’t do me much good).

 

DIY serving tray from old window blinds. Craft tutorial by TwoPlusCute
The bottom of the tray is almost as pretty as the top. 🙂

 

8. Once the frame has dried, paint its interior and let dry (lots of drying in this craft…).

9. Place the frame gently around the base and secure against the plywood with nails.

10. Paint the exterior sides (you can putty, sand and cover the nail heads too if you want) and once dry, add the handles.

 

Love those colors! Beautiful serving tray from old window blinds. Craft tutorial by TwoPlusCute

 

{Speaking of handles…I rub n buffed two clearance handles but you can use simple cotton rope, or – my favorite – run coordinating, transparent-ish but colored beads, through a rope. }

PIN THIS!

 

Beautiful diy serving tray from upcycled wooden window blinds in aqua, turqoise and green (love the colors! ). Upcycle your old window blinds into this fabulous decorative and pretty sturdy serving tray. Craft tutorial & photos by TwoPlusCute

 

At this point, you have a stunning and unique serving tray and still several left over slats.

==> Don’t throw them away just yet! <==

 

We can make some super frugal and easy wooden crates! I love using those out on the deck, filled with herb plants.

 

ps. If DIYing this serving tray seemed too busy for you, try this 5 minute (and superrrrr easy) craft.

ps 2. The colors I used, were: white (I know…I am captain obvious…), Morning Blue, Lily Pad and Turquoise.

 

Enjoy your day! 🙂

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Colorful Serving Tray from Window Blinds

  • March 31, 2017 at 12:15 am
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    Look! More recycled window blind slats! Yay, for ideas! 😀

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  • July 8, 2016 at 6:27 pm
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    You are too funny, giving us the easy version and the longer arduous version. But the tray came out great and I love your choice of colors. Perfect for a summer tray!

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    • July 10, 2016 at 12:36 pm
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      Glad you liked it Mary, I love those colors for summer, too! 🙂

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  • July 7, 2016 at 5:55 pm
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    This is super creative!!!!! I love the tray look and the colors are beautiful. I love a great upcycled project. I’m laughing hysterically at the two versions. lol!!!

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    • July 10, 2016 at 12:35 pm
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      Very glad you liked it Steph. (And that I gave you a laugh!) ?

      Reply

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