Tutorial Tuesday: Fall Wood Tray

Tutorial Tuesday: Fall Wood Tray

Welcome to Tutorial Tuesday! This week, we're diving into a fun and easy project that's perfect for adding a touch of autumn to your home. Get ready to create a charming Fall Wood Tray, an ideal centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table. Not only is this a great opportunity to unleash your creativity, but it's also a wonderful activity for children to craft a heartfelt gift for someone special. Let's get started!

Supplies Needed:

  • Wood Plank
  • Old Leather Belt (for handles)
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Brushes
  • Palette
  • Paper Towel
  • Baby Wipes
  • Water (for cleaning paint and treating the wood)
  • Sandpaper (optional, for distressing or smoothing rough edges of the wood)
  • Graphite Paper and Pencil
  • Leaf Stencil


  1. Faux Stain the Wood Board: Begin by applying your chosen color of paint onto the wood plank using a baby wipe. This technique will allow the wood grain to show through. If you prefer a lighter shade, you can dilute the paint with water. Make sure to paint all sides of the board for a uniform look.

  2. Transfer the Leaf Designs: Utilize the Graphite Paper to transfer the leaf designs onto the wood as a guide. Place the graphite paper on the board and the leaf picture on top. Trace the leaf design with your pencil, or you can use a pen or a wooden skewer for this step.

  3. Fill in the Leaves: Once you've transferred the outlines, remove the papers to reveal the leaf designs on the wood. Use paint to fill in the leaves. Alternatively, you can also use paint pens or metallic Sharpies for this task, depending on your preference and desired effect.

  4. Add Personal Touches: Feel free to add extra details, such as meaningful words or additional decorative elements. You can use the graphite paper again to trace any desired words or details onto the wood surface.

  5. Attach the Handles: Complete your tray by attaching leather straps as handles. Secure them in place using decorative screws on the sides or tops of the tray. Upcycling an old belt is a fantastic way to add character and sustainability to your creation.

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