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DIY Scrap Moulding Trays | Pretty Handy Girl

Are you on a purge mission to get rid of excess stuff? Me too! How about your workshop? Do you have scrap wood you need to get rid of? Yes? Perfect. Today I have a simple tutorial to show you how to make DIY Scrap Moulding Trays. These are really cute little trays that can be given as gifts and used to corral things together.

DIY Scrap Moulding Trays | Pretty Handy Girl

Regardless of how you use these scrap moulding trays, they are a great way to reuse materials.

Materials:

Optional: Clamps

Instructions:

Cut a 45˚ angle into one end of your case moulding (the longer side of the cut should be on the outside of the moulding.) Never used a miter saw before? Watch this video tutorial to learn how to use a miter saw.

Line up the inner edge of the cut against one corner of your base wood. Mark the location of the other corner onto the moulding.

DIY Scrap Moulding Trays | Pretty Handy Girl

Extend the line along the moulding using a speed square.

DIY Scrap Moulding Trays | Pretty Handy Girl

Line up the mark with your saw blade and cut at a 45˚ angle.

Repeat for the remaining sides until you have four sides cut with all ends mitered to 45˚.

DIY Scrap Moulding Trays | Pretty Handy Girl

Test fit all the moulding sides against the base board and make any adjustments as needed.

DIY Scrap Moulding Trays | Pretty Handy Girl

Sand any rough spots off with a sanding sponge.

DIY Scrap Moulding Trays | Pretty Handy Girl

Paint the moulding your color of choice. I used a variety of Fusion paints. This is the first time I’ve used Fusion Mineral Paints. They go on smoothly and they don’t require primer. Plus, with a light sanding afterwards they don’t feel chalky.

DIY Scrap Moulding Trays | Pretty Handy Girl

Squeeze wood glue onto the corners and bottom edge of the moulding pieces.

DIY Scrap Moulding Trays | Pretty Handy Girl

Set them in place around the base.

DIY Scrap Moulding Trays | Pretty Handy Girl

Nail 1 ¼” brad nails through the moulding and into the base.

DIY Scrap Moulding Trays | Pretty Handy Girl

Secure the corners with one or two more brad nails.

DIY Scrap Moulding Trays | Pretty Handy Girl

Time to load up your tray with goodies and give it as a gift.

DIY Scrap Moulding Trays | Pretty Handy Girl

Or use your tray to organize your desk.

DIY Scrap Moulding Trays | Pretty Handy Girl

If you fell in love with the tray with the striped bottom, you can learn how to make striped wood block here:

How to Make a Striped Wood Block | Pretty Handy Girl

Another tray you can make with scraps is this fun Nailhead State Capital Tray:

What do you think? Want to use up your scraps to make some fun trays?

8 replies
  1. Barbara Warner
    Barbara Warner says:

    I love your trays. What a great way to use leftover pieces of molding. I like the painted versions and I could paint them any color to enhance my decor. Thanks so much for showing the whole process of putting one together.

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  2. Cosminela
    Cosminela says:

    You are so creative! We just renovated the house and we have so much leftover stuff. I was going to throw everything away… and then I read your blog…and tried to make some trays. They turned out great! I would have never thought to combine the leftover parts and make such beautiful and useful items. Thank you for the tips.

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