DIY Tray Made From Dollar Tree Jenga Blocks
I bought these Jenga blocks from dollar tree. I needed something to build my tray on, so I grabbed this old Hobby Lobby sign I wasn’t using.
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You can use anything you have as your base. I bought 7 pkgs of blocks and used 4. I first laid them out to see what I needed.
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I then took them outside to spray paint half of them to get the effect I was looking for
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I used this spray paint to achieve the look I was after.
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The flat ones are the bottom of the tray and the ones on edge are the sides.
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I painted the face of the blocks that would lie flat and the sides and tops of the others for the perimeter.
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The difference is subtle but so pretty.
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I started to place my blocks for a dry fit, alternating the painted and raw wood. I was going to use wood glue but opted for my handy glue gun.
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I started to pre-assemble rows to make the process go faster. I did Not use the wood glue.
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I then started to glue the blocks in place. It will not be perfect as the blocks are not identical... but close.
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I did small sections at a time. Building panels and gluing them down.
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Looking good! Keep going until the surface you are using is covered.
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Time for the sides. Here’s why you painted the side and tops of some blocks. Start gluing around the edge.
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I also did a dry run with the side before I glued.
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Alternate the painted and raw wood blocks around the perimeter of the tray.
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I bought cheap silver handles from Lowe’s and sprayed them gold. I just hot glued them to the tray.
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And voila! Is it perfect, no. Is it pretty, yes? Could you sand it and make it perfect. Again yes. But I love it imperfectly perfect.
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Thank you to @thelatinanextdoor for the inspiration to try this DIY. You can find this and more on my Instagram @littlesteelehouse
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