Saturday, June 23, 2012

DIY Wedding Invitation Serving Tray

Build: wedding invitation serving tray

I made this wooden serving tray and sealed the wedding invitation on the surface:

It's a generous size with cut out handles for easy carrying:

A keepsake for their invitation, preserved under layers of gloss varnish and acrylic:

And makes for a great bridal shower gift.

The edges are distressed slightly in keeping with the beachy nature of the invitation:

Here's how I made the serving tray:

1. Cut wood to size:

3 - 1x5 @ 18"
2 - 1x3 @ 18"
2 - 1x3 @15"

Make pocket holes in 1x5 pieces to attach to each other and for attaching the sides:

2. Secure all pieces.
Add 1/4" plywood to underside with finish nails and glue:

3. Mark short sides for cut out handles:

4. Begin cut out handles with circular bit:

5.  Then cut remaining part with jig saw:

6. Prime.
Paint two coats off white.

7. Attach invitation using mod podge on both back and front:

8. Apply Americana DuraClear gloss varnish to tray surface with foam brush.
Thin coats are best.
I applied at least 5 coats.

9. Spray entire tray with clear gloss acrylic, again multiple coats to achieve a hard glossy seal.

Ready for serving:


  1. I am inviting you to come and be part of my blog hop:

  2. This serving tray DIY is great! I've been in the market to make a few as gifts :)

  3. So smart. Very clever to do that with the invitation. Love it!

  4. What a great idea! So cute and fun...I wish I would have seen this last week...I just got back from a wedding and this would have been perfect! Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday and share this idea with us.


  5. what a great idea and such a personal wedding gift! I love it!

  6. What a lovely idea, thanks for sharing :)

  7. Sooo cute Jaime- what a great idea!! :)
    We'll be featuring you this weekend!

  8. Sooo cute Jaime- what a great idea!! :)
    We'll be featuring you this weekend!