Grab some dollar store supplies to make this DIY cookie sheet serving tray. For just a few dollars, you can make this functional and beautiful farmhouse-style tray.
Turn a plain old cookie sheet into a decorative serving tray
Video Tutorial – DIY Cookie Sheet Serving Tray
Just watch this video to see how I made this serving tray – or you can watch it on YouTube.
Supplies – Cookie Sheet Serving Tray
- dollar store cookie sheet
- spray primer or white spray paint
- craft sticks (wide popsicle sticks) – from the dollar store
- white chalk paint and paint brush
- hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
- drill and drill bits
- nautical rope – from the dollar store
How to Turn a Dollar Store Cookie Sheet into a Decorative Serving Tray
I started with a baking sheet from my local Dollar Tree. First, I drilled four holes into the baking sheet – two on each end. I started with my smallest drill bit and worked my way up to largest one I had in my set.
Then, I took white spray primer and painted both pans. It works best to use thin coats, and it will probably take 2 to 3 coats to get all of the metal covered on the tray.
Once the spray paint has dried, you can start crafting.
Making a Wood Backing for the Serving Tray
I grabbed these craft sticks from the dollar store. They’re just wide popsicle sticks. The wood is thin enough that you can actually cut them with a regular pair of scissors. So I just cut off the rounded ends with my scissors.
And then I set them in place on the tray, to make sure that they were the right size and they would fit. Be sure to cut the craft sticks at varying lengths and stagger them, so that you kind of have that shiplap or planked look.
To cover this tray, you will need probably two thirds of the packet of craft sticks.
I just use regular old Rustoleum chalk paint, but you can use really whatever white paint you have on hand. Then I used a wide paint brush to paint the craft sticks. I used a dry brush technique so that I didn’t have complete coverage on the sticks. They look a little bit weathered or distressed and you can still see a little bit of the wood grain poke through.
The nice thing about using chalk paint is that it dries quickly. I was able to hot glue all of my craft sticks in place soon after painting them.
Adding Rope Handles to the Tray
Finally, I used this nautical rope that comes in the craft section at dollar tree to make handles for my tray. I just threaded a section of rope through each hole on the end of the tray and secured it with a knot in the back.
Just be careful because it takes more length than you would think to tie a knot in this rope. I ended up having to throw away my first cut of rope because it was too short. You can always re-tie the knot and make the handle shorter, but you can’t make it longer.
So for about three dollars worth of craft supplies, I was able to make a cute little decorative serving tray.