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Make these colorful summer trays for your next outdoor meal using basic wood table rounds found at any hardware store. Use thin metal spoons for the handles.

Step 1: Watch how to make them here!

Laylabean1 month ago

these are just fantastic.

MicioGatta11 months ago

You're an artist. These are wonderful.

BackyardWW11 months ago

Supre cute idea - not sure I'll have actual tables but I have plenty of plywood to maybe use this to make a set of serving trays. thanks for sharing this neat idea - you really did an good job!

shazni1 year ago

How lovely! I just love it :-) Wish they sold such round tables at our hardware stores!!

Mark Montano (author)  shazni1 year ago

Have you checked at Home Depot or Lowe's? I know they sell them there. You could also get them on line.

Mark Montano (author)  Mark Montano1 year ago
That's a great idea. I'll have to start checking the dollar stores for them now! Thanks!

Ikea has similar tables for dirt cheap.

Sometimes you can find round cutting boards at dollar stores too, nice and cheap. Just be sure to coat them with a good polyurethane sealant, I like a sealer for exterior doors but that's just me. Also, look at yard sales for round top tables, cut the legs and strip them down, another cheap place to get your round wooden shapes.

swilbur1 year ago

I have been a huge fan of instructables for a long time, and this is the project that finally made me say...I gotta make that!! I got all my supplies at Lowes and Hobby Lobby and am excited for a fun project with my daughter this weekend!!

Mark Montano (author)  swilbur1 year ago

I'm so happy to hear you say that! Just so you know, the RIT dye will bleed through the white paint when you paint the edges, but that adds to the realistic quality of the fruit. However, if you want to keep the rhine of the orange and watermelon pure white, coat the tray after you've dyed it. Make sure to share your project with me, I'd love to see it!

Really nice, make sure to seal both sides of the tray though, with acrylic. If you get the wrong spoons (I did on a cub scout project, I made up 6 catapult kits), and try to drill through them, you will find it very hard to do. They were crap spoons (I thought) as they were very thin, but I burned out 2 drill bits, (they were actually good stainless steel, just super thin), eventually I used chisel tipped tech screws, I burned off 2 screw heads per hole. I kid you not they were cherry red and cam right off. I had to find them and quench them. (basement work room...lotsa dust/wood chips/sawdust, I was quick).

But we got'm done then the kids assembled a very nice catapult, could shoot a tootsie roll25+feet....

This would be a great cub scout project, Let each kid make 4 of them, and make stencils for the seeds/lines. Also use exterior grade sealant for longer life, and stainless steel tech screws to avoid rust.

this is a very cool idea, kids gotta love them, old farts too.

Mark Montano (author)  spark master1 year ago

Great suggestions Spark! Much appreciated. Never thought about the stainless steel tech screws.....I need to change them out!

rbdoer1 year ago

Great project idea. I love the colors, and they're so realistic looking! Good job!

really cute idea! they really pop with color!
HollyMann1 year ago

I love these - they are so cute - very creative!

Mark Montano (author)  HollyMann1 year ago

Thank you Holly!

bgm4111 year ago
carlos66ba1 year ago

Very pretty.

Mark Montano (author)  carlos66ba1 year ago

Thanks Carlos

Very whimsical! These would be perfect for any summer get together, great idea!

Mark Montano (author)  CrazyClever1 year ago

They gave my kitchen a happy feel!

倚婷儿1 year ago
so cool
I'd like to try it

Cool! Thanks!