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At our squeaky clean bachelor party, I had the chance to personalize many of the party items with a little help from my Cricut machine. The crowd favorite from the shoot was this Custom Modern Wood Tray – the hands on time to make it is extremely minimal, which makes it a favorite of mine as well.
I didn’t permanently adhere my mat to the tray for good reason. The mat is extremely personalized with “Man Drinks” for its wording. There are a few parties that come to mind that it would work well in, but I’m leaving the option open to change the tray liner for the next time. If you want your woodgrain liner to be permanent, brush a little glue to the bottom before you put the liner in.
The Easy Way to make a Custom Wood Tray
This is a ridiculously simple project. The steps are basically 1. buy stuff to make the tray 2. load Cricut with sheet of faux wood 3. press go from pre-designed project. 4. put cut out in tray. Couldn’t be easier, but I’m going to show you step by step how to make it anyway!
- Cricut Faux Leather Woodgrain, color of your choice
- Wooden tray, less than 12 inches in width
- Stain, if desired
- Man Drinks patterned file in Cricut Design Space
The easiest way is to use the project I’ve already set up. No design work on your part! First, click here to go to the project on Cricut Design Space. Once you’ve gotten that done…
Measure the INSIDE of your tray. Subtract 1/4 inch from the width and the height. Example: if the measurements of the tray are 8×10, your reduced measurement is 7.75inx9.75in
Here’s where you’re going to adjust the file to the size of your tray. Click on the layer with the image (there should only be one!). Go to “Edit” in the right hand column of Design Space. Type in the width (the longest side) and the height you reduced. The cut woodgrain should fit neatly into the inside of the tray.
Click “GO” in Design Space, and turn your Cricut Machine’s knob to “custom.” Choose the Faux Leather option from the custom menu before you start printing.
Load the faux woodgrain sheet onto a standard mat and into the machine. Press the blinking button and watch it go!
Taking the projects off the mat is my favorite part!
You’ll have to do a little bit of weeding to get all the cuts out.
After you’re done, simple place the mat in the bottom of your tray.
You can choose to stain the tray if you like. I thought they looked great either way!
And then you’ll have a pretty fabulous piece to serve up drinks at a bachelor party, father’s day, or any other sort of manly occasion!