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Easy DIY Tray for Mother’s Day!

By Brenda Ponnay

Whoever invented the tradition of serving mothers breakfast in bed for Mother’s Day should be awarded a foot massage or a gift certificate to their favorite shoe store. What is sweeter than your darling child sneaking around in the morning, preparing breakfast the best way they can and then tip-toeing into your bedroom with their masterpiece breakfast teetering on a tray? I know, disasters await in the kitchen and not everything will make it to your bed intact but any mother will say it is well worth the clean up afterwards. Because kids are CUTE! Let them serve their moms breakfast for a change!

Easy DIY Tray for Mother's Day by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

We thought it might be the cherry on top if we delivered breakfast (or in my case tea or a latte) on a tray made especially for mom by kids! Is that not the best thing ever? A simple easy-to-build tray with sweet sentiments sloppily painted for posterity?   All you need is somebody handy with a drill and kids who like to paint, which is pretty much any kid who ever existed.

Here are the supplies you will need:

1. A tray-sized piece of wood. (Ours is roughly 12 x 18 x 1) You can buy a plank at your local hardware store and ask them to cut it down for you or look around in the scrap pile they keep by the cutting area. You might even pick one up for free!

2. Two handles. We used the kind that screw in from the back side but they were a bit tricky. If you’re new to wood-work, go with the handles that have visible screws from the top and save yourself some hassle.

3. Paint (I used spray paint for the base coat and kid-proof acrylic paint for the decorating. I taped off the handles or you could add them after you painted.)

4. A drill for screwing in the handles.

5. Paintbrushes, sandpaper etc….

The steps are so easy I don’t even really need to walk you through it but I will anyway.

1. First make sure your wood isn’t too rough. You might need to sand it.

2. Next you can add your handles or you can add them after you paint.

3. Lastly, paint! (Make sure you are in a well ventilated area.)

4. Let your tray dry. Add a cute homemade card and breakfast and you are ready to present to Mom!

p.s. I made an extra tray without paint and it turned out really cute too! Maybe even cute enough for Dad on Father’s Day.

Find more Mother’s Day ideas here.

Brenda Ponnay
About the Author

Brenda Ponnay

Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, mak...

Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.

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