Make A Wine Barrel Inspired Tray

DIY Wine Barrel Inspired Tray or Table via lilblueboo.com #wedding #gift #crafts #diy

I wanted to make something handmade and personal for my friends’ wedding recently and I decided on an oversized wine barrel inspired tray.  I used a precut wood table top from the hardward store. They actually come in several sizes. This was the medium size:

Wine Barrel Inspired Tray using a precut table top via lilblueboo.com

 

I used regular ConTac shelf paper for a stencil.  I used my Silhouette machine to cut out my design but you can hand cut one as well using an exacto knife:

Wine Barrel Inspired Tray using Contac Paper Stencil via lilblueboo.com

 

Here’s how I set it up on the Silhouette. I made an outer ring the size of the wood so I could picture the wording on it.  Then I added the text inside. It’s obviously too big to cut it out on the 12″ wide cutting mat……

Wine Barrel Inspired Tray using Contac Paper Stencil via lilblueboo.com

 

…….so I copied the whole image, re-pasted it and positioned it so that all the images fit onto the one sheet:

Making Curved Text on a Silhouette Machine via lilblueboo.com

 

The design doesn’t have to be overly technical:

Silhouette Project Ideas via lilblueboo.com

 

I used a non-toxic black craft paint for the letters and applied the paint using a sponge brush:

Make Wine Barrel Home Decor via lilblueboo.com

 

The finished design.  The groom’s family grows grapes here in the desert so I wanted to incorporate that somehow with a grape leaf motif……I used an old grape crate from the ranch as a guide.  You might remember the crates from the Harvest Crate Label patches I made a few years back.

Stenciling onto wood via lilblueboo.com

 

Once the design was dry I applied my finish.  I used Minwax Special Walnut and Clear Satin Polyurethane.  That’s steel wool in the back that I used to sand it down in between coats.

How to Varnish and Finish Wood Table or Tray via lilblueboo.com

 

First I applied the stain with a rag to the wood:

How to Apply Stain to  Wood Table or Tray via lilblueboo.com

 

I applied three coats….but between each coat I sanded areas of the tray down to distress the finish.

Making Wood Look Distressed via lilblueboo.com

 

I applied two coats of the clear satin finish using a sponge brush:

Varnishing the Wine Barrel inspired Tray via lilblueboo.com

 

A beautiful, distressed finished…..with just enough age to make you think it’s actually old (minus the Est. 2012 text):

How to make a wine barrel inspired tray via lilblueboo.com

 

For the handles I bought large utility handles and sprayed them down with Krylon Hammered Finish so that they resemble wrought iron.

Making wrought iron finished handles with spray paint via lilblueboo.com

 

I sprayed the tops of the screws as well so they would match.  Using a household drill I made holes for the screws and attached the handles:

How to add tray handles via lilblueboo.com

 

The tray is oversized and heavy duty:

How to make a wine barrel inspired tray via lilblueboo.com

It’s personalized so it’s just for them:

Wedding Gift Ideas: wine barrel inspired tray via lilblueboo.com

It can be used for entertaining or even hung on the wall for decor….or add legs for it to be a table!

Handmade Wedding Gift Ideas: wine barrel inspired tray via lilblueboo.com

 

I love that it looks exactly like an old vintage wine barrel:

Handmade Gift Ideas: wine barrel inspired tray via lilblueboo.com

 

A special gift for special friends:

Personalized Wedding Gift Ideas: wine barrel inspired tray via lilblueboo.com

 

The heavy duty handles are the perfect weight for such a large tray:

 How to Stencil Wood to look like a vintage Wine Barrel Top via lilblueboo.com

 

You could also make a similar version with a lazy suzan like I did a year ago.

 

If you make one for a gift just be sure to let the recipient know that it’s not a cutting board because of the varnish.  You could make one without varnish using butcher block oil but it won’t have the natural stain unless you use maybe wine and tea.

Handmade Gift Ideas: vintage distressed Wine Barrel Top via lilblueboo.com

 

Just use wax paper to serve cheese and fruit directly on top.

DIY Home Decor: vintage distressed Wine Barrel Top via lilblueboo.com

Great for an uneven coffee table too:

DIY Home Decor: How to make an antique distressed Wine Barrel Tray via lilblueboo.com

Click the image below for a similar tutorial using a vinegar, tea and steel wool to distress a thrift store lazy susan!


Make a lazy susan look like a vintage wine barrel, DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

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  1. 1

    Really lovely! Such a personal gift.

  2. 2

    This is fabulous! Thanks for your inspiration.

  3. 3

    I love personalized gifts, and this tray is really beautiful! Great job! :)

  4. 4

    Gorgeous gift, Ashley! Love the dark stain!

  5. 5

    I Love this!!! Thanks for sharing how to make it. I would love to try it!
    Have a good night.
    Tammy

  6. 6

    Hi Ashely!

    I was really inspired by your wine barrel tray, and made my own version as a Christmas present to my Dad :) Thank you!

    J

    http://lipstickandawhitetee.blogspot.com/2012/12/6th-diy-stamped-barrel-tray.html

  7. 7

    Stopping in to pin, what a great gift idea.

    Bliss

  8. 8

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  10. 10

    What an amazing gift idea! You’re so creative, thank you so much for sharing how to do it!

  11. 11

    Love it… What a great project!

  12. 12

    So cute! What time of steel wool did you use?

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