Get the free tray design file at https://jennifermaker.com/wine-bottle-serving-tray
I love making unique gifts, and today’s project is very unique. This serving tray is super simple to make with a cutting machine, and you can leave it as is, stain it, or even personalize it with some vinyl or a stencil. But my favorite part is how it works — the tray itself is just this flat shape with holes in it. It’s the wine bottles themselves that hold it up. How cool is this? This serving tray will be the talk of your party!
TIP: The word of the day for this video is STAIN (it was inadvertently left out of the video)
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* 1/16th thick Balsa Wood, Bass Wood, or Wood Veneer – https://amzn.to/3ffOTxS
* Water-based wood stain (I used Minwax Wiping Stain, Pecan)
* Lint-free cloths
* Minwax Polycrylic Water Based Protective Finish, 1/2 Pint, Satin
* Sandpaper Variety Pack (I used 320-grit super fine sandpaper for my tray)
* Tacky Glue
* Cricut StrongGrip Cutting Mat
* Painter’s tape or masking tape
* Foam Brushes
* Small Craft Paint Brush
* Yellow Cone Canvas and Cabinet Door Risers
* A way to cut your wood (I used the Cricut Maker cutting machine, but you can also use the Cricut Explore) — see http://shrsl.com/1dq4w
* Knife blade (Maker) or Deep Cut Blade (Explore)
* Decals for your trays
* Design #275 – My free SVG design files (available in my free resource library at https://jennifermaker.com/library )
To make this wine bottle serving tray, you need some wood. If you’re going to cut this on a Cricut cutting machine, you’ll want to use 1/16th inch or thinner balsa wood or basswood. And yes, you can cut that on either the Cricut Maker or the Cricut Explore. If you can’t find thin balsa or basswood, you can also use veneer wood, which is much thinner but works if you use the reinforcements I’ve included in the design.
To cut this wood on a Cricut Maker, I recommend the knife blade. To cut it on a Cricut Explore, the deep cut blade will work best. Both require using the purple Strong Grip mat along with painter’s tape to keep the wood firmly on the mat while cutting.
You will also need some tacky glue to add reinforcements or extra layers to your wine bottle topper.
To finish your serving tray and prepare it for any decoration, I recommend 320 grit sandpaper to get it nice and smooth.
You can seal the wood with polycrylic or a polyurethane varnish. If you do stain, paint, or apply vinyl to your serving tray, you’ll want to be sure to seal it with varnish and allow the varnish to cure before you put any food on it as I have here.
So let me show you where to find the tray designs, and then I’ll show you how to cut and glue your wine bottle serving tray!
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Introduction: PixelBytes (my child!)
Music: Cute by Bensound (licensed, royalty and copyright free)
Videography: Jennifer Marx on a Panasonic Lumix FZ-1000 DSLR 4K camera
Design: A Jennifer Maker original!