I had an old Coke crate laying around and decided to turn it into a DIY tray. Before you ask, I will go ahead and tell you that the Coke crate was in an old barn and the bottom was completely rotted off. I was left with a little of the sides. Enough to read the “Coca-Cola” basically. So I promise I did not destroy anything precious to make this tray. If you are in the same situation, read on to find out how to make those pieces useful again.
Supplies to make a DIY tray:
- Coke crate pieces
- Old wood board
- Drill bits
- Wood screws
- Saw (I love my Rockwell Bladerunner for projects like these.)
I started by determining what was left of the crate that was usable. I then cut one of the sides of the crate along with the rustic board to size. The rustic board was a little wide. Just use a rip cut to make two pieces. If you do this, try to put the cut edges to the inside so the rustic worn edge is what you see.
I then rip cut what was left of the crate into some side pieces. I literally had just enough as the rotten edges were still a little visible.
Then just secure everything together with some wood screws from the back. You can also use a little wood glue in between your pieces before screwing together.
I then added rope handles. Just drill all the way through the boards with a bit large enough to accept the rope. I then countersunk the hole on the back side so the knot in the rope would fit inside. Then just feed your rope through and knot both sides as shown below.
This rustic DIY tray is perfect for serving up some lemonade or sweet tea on the porch.
I love it on my new front porch especially next to that rustic sweet tea sign. Just perfection!
The bottom line is, if you have any old wood laying around, think of other ways that you can use it. Cut off the portions that are unusable and re-imagine it in a whole new way. If I had thrown out that rotten crate, I would never have been able to make this cute DIY tray. Now that would have been tragic!
Love your tray Angie, you did great re-purposing on your old crate. Love the boards with Coke ads on them, makes your tray special. How cute to serve guests with, one of a kind.
I made tray very similar few years ago (now where did Mr. hide that?) but it won’t be nearly as stylin’ as yours. Think will go dig for that tray tomorrow, get some use out of it.
Oh gosh…I just love this!
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You just have such a talent in execution to match your imagination! Love the tray and how you styled it near the sweet tea sign. Pinned, because I will attempt making a wood tray like that:)
I love this project! Pinning.
Such a great way to rescue a rotting crate – Love it!
Absolutely LOVE this – now I need to find me a coca-cola crate!!! Super idea…
I would also LOVE if you’d share at Reader Tip Tuesday…. http://www.jodiefitz.com/2017/08/08/reader-tip-tuesday-food-craft-party/
Hope to see you & your tray at the party! You have inspired me to look at crates differently in my search…xo
Saw this on Dagmars Link Party. Love it! I’ve always wanted to have some “coke” items around and have never done it. Now I’m on the hunt. Thanks for sharing!
What a clever idea! I love the final result. Pinning this one for later!
Fantastic:-))) What a great project:-)))
This is so creative! I love it!
I’m visiting from Inspire Me Monday. Nicely done and what a marvelous way to upcycle the old crate to something useable! You certainly saved it from totally disappearing. Feel free to dance with me today with Monday Mewsic Moves Me!
This is very cute too, I think we have an old pepsi crate in basement 🙂
Love this project! It is very rustic and appealing.
What a charming nostalgic tray you’ve created. I use my Coke crate for organizing in my craft room. Now all I need is a coordinating Coke tray to go with it. Congrats, you’re featured this week at the This Is How We Roll Link Party.
That is adorable!! What a great idea for our backyard barbecues!! Pinning to try one day. 🙂 Thank you for the idea.
Great use of old pieces of a crate. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle!