Accessorizing your modern dollhouse has never been so much fun. These cute farmhouse miniature wood trays are made from scraps and supplies you already have on hand.
Last month I managed to create a section of kitchen cabinets for my farmhouse sink. My teenage kids giggled at my rustic and wobbly drawers, but gave me some encouraging words so I wouldn’t feel totally deflated.
Making dollhouse furniture is not for the faint of heart. I measured a dozen times and used my Cricut Maker to cut more once to get it the cabinet as good as I could. And yet I still have a bucket of scrap wood that were “somehow” measured wrong and didn’t fit with my final design.
I was looking at my new bin of cut scrap basswood and tried to get inspired to make something with them. I had several cabinet doors that were too big for my cabinet and asked myself what would I use these if they were real cabinet doors.
A small table top? Picture frame? Wooden tray? Ooh, wooden tray. I love trays. Let’s do that!
My first tray was stained brown and for the handles I used the round loops from those plastic pull tabs you find in juice bottles. It turned out so cute that I decided to make several in different styles and colors.
If you are a crafter, then you probably have most of these supplies on hand so it really didn’t cost me much to make.
Supplies you need
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- Basswood scraps: If you are building miniature furniture, you probably have a lot of scraps of wood laying around. I used scrap pieces of 1/16-inch thick basswood from a previous Cricut project. You can also use chipboard, cardboard, or layers of card stock.
- Wood stain: If you are using wood and want a natural look, you can stain your tray. I used Minwax Provencial 211. You can also paint your trays using acrylic or chalk paint.
- Plastic pull tab: What do you call this thing?! This is the pull tab from bottles of lemon juice or cartons of orange juice you usually throw out. They come in a variety of colors. We will be using the plastic loop part.
- Enamel paint: If you are painting your handles (the plastic pull tab), sometimes acrylic paint will not stick to it. The enamel paints used in small model kits works real well here.
- Glue: I used Aleen’s tacky glue to glue everything together. You want clear drying glue.
- Sandpaper: Any scrap piece of sandpaper is used to sand your pieces smooth.
- Xacto blade: You will need a sharp blade to cut the wood pieces to size. I used my x-acto blade.
1. Cut your wood scraps to desired length of wooden trays. Mine were about 1″ x 2.5″. If you are adding an edge, cut these pieces as well. Sand the edges smooth.
2. Stain or paint your wooden pieces before you glue them. This will insure an even coat.
3. Once completely dry, glue everything together.
4. Remove the loop from the pull tab. Remove the piece that sticks out, then cut the remaining loop in half. Save the other part and use it to make a miniature kitchen scale.
5. If acrylic paint does not stick to your plastic pieces, paint it using the enamel paint.
6. I wanted to paint the handles gold and didn’t have gold in enamel paint. So I added a layer of gold acrylic paint over the black enamel paint. Also, by layering two different paint colors, you get a more rustic look.
7. Once the handles have dried, glue them onto the wooden trays.
Project tips and FAQs
If you are using cardboard or chipboard for your tray base, you can give it a faux wood finish by using brown and black paint. For thinner materials, you will need to use 2-3 layers for a sturdy tray.
The color combinations are endless. Use metallic paints for the handles or paint them any color you want. I did not add a clear protective coat, but you certainly can.
If you want a glossy finish, use high gloss paint or add a coat of high gloss Mod Podge to finish it.
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- Basswood scraps
- Wood stain or paint
- Plastic pull tab
- Enamel paint
- Xacto blade
- Cut your wood scraps to desired length of wooden trays. Mine were about 1″ x 2.5″. If you are adding an edge, cut these pieces as well. Sand the edges smooth.
- Stain or paint your wooden pieces before you glue them. This will insure an even coat.
- Once completely dry, glue everything together.
- Remove the loop from the pull tab. Remove the piece that sticks out, then cut the remaining loop in half.
- If acrylic paint does not stick to your plastic pieces, paint it using the enamel paint.
- I wanted to paint the handles gold and didn’t have gold in enamel paint. So I added a layer of gold acrylic paint over the black enamel paint.
- Once the handles have dried, glue them onto the wooden trays.
For a white/black wash effect, water paint down and brush it on in layers.
Metallic paints are great options for the handles and can give the trays a more modern look.
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