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DIY Beer Tray

Beer Tray for Dad
Any beer lovers tuning in? If there are… forgive me. I am n.o.t. a beer drinker (not even a little) so my knowledge of beer and the appropriate language that reflects this world of all things beer is non-existent.
I may not know much about beer, but there is one thing I do know about it. Loyal beer lovers have an entire language and lifestyle that revolve around their favorite brews. So when my brother-in-law and avid beer fan celebrated a birthday recently, I knew that I could try my hand at a craft beer, wait… I mean a beer craft.
Introducing the beer lover’s beverage tray.
how to DIY a tray
This DIY tray is the perfect personalized gift for any beer fan, because it can reflect that secret language and those favorite brews you beer lovers spend so much time dreaming about.
beer tray supplies
To start off, here’s what you’ll need:
-Circular wood piece (can be found at Home Depot in the lumber aisle for around $5)
-Mod Podge
-Paintbrush/Sponge (or both)
-Credit card or old gift card (not pictured but so important to eliminate air bubbles when mod podging)
-Printed COLORED labels of your favorite beers (I used google images to find mine and printed two copies of each label.. at least)
print beer labels

The first thing you should do is cut out each label. Like I said, I printed two of each of the labels. It’s better to have too many than not enough. Because there is some layering that is involved and awkward sides to cover when folding over the labels, it’s better to have lots of labels at VARYING sizes.

mod podge tray
Using mod podge, I attached one label at a time until the entire tray was covered (no rhyme or reason in placing the labels).
Here are a few tips I would recommend when mod podging the labels onto the tray:
1. Apply mod podge onto the tray AND onto the label separately, and then place the label onto the mod podged area.
2. After placing the label onto the mod podged area of the tray, use an old credit card or old gift card to eliminate any air bubbles under the label and to secure all sides onto the tray. Some extra mod podge may ooze out of the sides… that is a good thing!
3. If you want, paint some mod podge onto the top or sides of the labels for extra coverage. Trust me… although it looks cloudy, the mod podge will dry CLEAR and will not damage the label, but will make sure the label stays flush against the tray.
4. Folding the labels over the sides of the tray can be tricky. The paper will probably crease along the edges. That is okay! As long as it is not creased on the top of the tray, or as long as there are no air bubbles anywhere…everything is okay. The creases add some character.
5. Make sure you apply mod podge to bottom of the tray before applying a label that will wrap around to the back. Like Tip #1 says, there must be mod podge on both the tray and the label before the two meet.
labels
The sides are awkward when wrapping the labels around. For the few parts that were still bare after wrapping the labels around, I cut some pieces of the remaining labels to size and attached them in each bare location.
diy beer tray

Once the entire tray is covered and you are happy with the “design”, paint a full layer of mod podge all over the tray and all over the sides of the tray. I know, I know… this doesn’t sound safe for the paper, but trust me, the tray will dry CLEAR. You will NEED this layer of mod podge to protect the paper before moving onto the next steps, so do not skip the top layer of mod podge.

Before moving on to the next step, let your tray dry OVERNIGHT.

handles
Now, it’s time to add some handles to your tray and WATERPROOF your tray so it can hold drinks, resist spills and be a part of any patio party without a problem.
 
For this part, you will need:
-2 handles with screws (I bought mine in the hardware aisle on sale for $2 each)
-Screw driver
-Power Drill (to drill holes into the tray)
-Super Glaze (Pour on High Gloss)
-Stir Stick
-3 plastic cups
-Drop Cloth
-Cardboard for extra safe work area (optional)
-Something to elevate the tray when pouring on the glaze (I used a paint can)
-Level
putting on the handles

Okay, now it’s time to drill your holes for the handles. Make sure to drill from the top of the tray down, this will help eliminate the possibility of your labels ripping. Once you drill the holes, insert the screws on the back and use the screw driver to secure the handles. Try and tighten the handles enough so that they are flush against the back of the tray and the tray can sit on a table top without wobbling.

handles on DIY tray

I decided to attach the tray’s handles BEFORE the pour-on glaze because I didn’t think it would be a good idea to drill into the glazed surface after the fact.

label tray
Finally, all that is left to do is to waterproof this baby!!
level tray
This part was definitely a little intimidating at first. I am not at all familiar with pour on glaze and knowing that this step was “make or break” made me extremely nervous.
After doing a little research about pour on glaze, I kept finding one tip: MAKE SURE YOU FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS EXACTLY. So that’s exactly what I did. I read the directions several times and literally followed them to a T.
supplies
The super glaze that I used instructed me to use three plastic cups and a wooden stir stick. The directions were extremely detailed and very clear. I poured the two mixtures accordingly, followed the precise stirring times and directions, and worked as carefully as I could.
glazing a tray

Now that I’ve lived through super glazing, I would give the same advice: Follow the directions EXACTLY and you will be okay. But I would also add- wear gloves, open a window, and be ready to let your project sit for at least 72 hours (yup, that baby isn’t going anywhere fast).

72 hours of “curing” later, my DIY beer tray was completely waterproof & ready to be served to the birthday boy!

high gloss tray
This picture shows the “glazed” or finished look that the super glaze created. The stuff is seriously amazing!!
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How to make a beer tray
Who needs craft beer when you have beer crafts?! Cheers!
DIY Beer Tray
Have you ever made anything with super glaze or pour on high gloss?
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36 thoughts on “DIY Beer Tray

  1. Jessica Shilt

    The tray turned out fantastic! Speaking of craft brews, I got my boyfriend hooked on making his own beer. His first batch actually turned out good (or so people say, I wouldn’t try it)

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  2. Jessica Shilt

    The tray turned out fantastic! Speaking of craft brews, I got my boyfriend hooked on making his own beer. His first batch actually turned out good (or so people say, I wouldn’t try it)

    Reply
  3. Clara

    Such an awesome creation, I love it! My life is full of craft beer lovers and we have tons of caps/labels/beer paraphernalia in my closet just begging to be put to use. Do you think actual six-pack labels would be too thick to work for this project?

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      With all of those beer lovers in your life, you’re going to be one busy lady!! Unfortunately, I would NOT recommend using six-pack labels because I’d think they will be too thick. I’d stick with the printed image of each of the beers. Good luck!!

  4. Clara

    Such an awesome creation, I love it! My life is full of craft beer lovers and we have tons of caps/labels/beer paraphernalia in my closet just begging to be put to use. Do you think actual six-pack labels would be too thick to work for this project?

    Reply
  5. DIY Playbook

    With all of those beer lovers in your life, you’re going to be one busy lady!! Unfortunately, I would NOT recommend using six-pack labels because I’d think they will be too thick. I’d stick with the printed image of each of the beers. Good luck!!

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Great question, Doris, I should have addressed that in the post. I actually screwed the nails in deep enough so they are not poking out of the back. If this wasn’t the case, I would advise adding felt pads to protect the table.

  6. DIY Playbook

    Great question, Doris, I should have addressed that in the post. I actually screwed the nails in deep enough so they are not poking out of the back. If this wasn’t the case, I would advise adding felt pads to protect the table.

    Reply
  7. Trang

    I just love this idea! I am going to do one just of my favorite craft beer brewery: Southern Tier Brewery. Their website is so awesome that they have a download section of ALL their beer labels. Print, print, print time. Thank you for this blog.

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks @Trang!! And wow, Southern Tier Brewery having all free printables available – AMAZING!! You’ll have to send us a pic when you’re done… we’d love to see!

      Thanks for stopping by,
      Bridget & Casey

    2. Trang

      Girls – I posted a picture of my finished beer tray to your instagram page. I cannot tell you how much I LOVE this glaze finish. I am thinking of doing the same finish to my corn hole boards. However, do you think that would be too slick for the corn bags and make the game too difficult to play?

    3. DIY Playbook

      OMG! I have to go check and see!!! I love the glaze too… it just looks so professional. I see what you mean with the boards though… hmmmmmm, they’d look good?!

    4. Trang

      Yes, I am a private user. I’m still trying to get a hang of this Instagram thing and didn’t realize that you wouldn’t be able to see my picture. I also used hashtag #beertray. Can you see it that way?

  8. Trang

    I just love this idea! I am going to do one just of my favorite craft beer brewery: Southern Tier Brewery. Their website is so awesome that they have a download section of ALL their beer labels. Print, print, print time. Thank you for this blog.

    Reply
  9. DIY Playbook

    Thanks @Trang!! And wow, Southern Tier Brewery having all free printables available – AMAZING!! You’ll have to send us a pic when you’re done… we’d love to see!

    Thanks for stopping by,
    Bridget & Casey

    Reply
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  11. Emily Golladay

    How do you cover both sides of the tray with the glaze coat? I’m at this step now and a little confused.

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Emily,
      I’ll try and be as thorough as possible. I only covered the top of the tray because the bottom of the tray will sit on the table (with pads attached to protect the table). So all I did was put one coat of the glaze on top of the tray, spread it evenly throughout the tray and on the rounded edges of the tray. Once that was dried, I attached the felt bottoms to the tray and I was done! I hope this helps, let me know if I can provide any extra tips. I’d love to see the finished product!! Good luck =) You’re more than half way there!!!!

    2. Emily Golladay

      How did you spread the glaze on the tray and the rounded edges? You used felt bottoms on the tray? Where can I find those? I did a slight variation on mine. My birthday boy is a Scotch lover so I used scotch labels instead of beer. It’s such a great project. Thanks for sharing it!

    3. DIY Playbook

      Even better… that sounds awesome! I’m sure he’s going to love it and be super impressed! I used a straight edge (an old ruler to be exact) and spread it evenly. The glaze actually spreads itself for the most part, the ruler just helped urge it a little more. The felt sticky bottoms are sold at any hardware store or even at places like Target.

  12. Manny

    I love this! I have one question before I try this out. You mentioned how to spread the glaze with the old ruler. How did you specifically do the round edges? Did you “push” the glaze to the edge with the ruler and let it “run off” or did you “paint” it on? I guess I’m confused as it won’t stay on the round edge as it does on the larger flat surface area. Does all that make sense??

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks Manny! I know exactly what you’re saying and I did a mixture of both, but used more of the push the glaze with the ruler and the run-off covered the edges. The places where the run off was not covering, I would “paint” it on. I would ale note that the edges did not have as “thick” of a coat of glaze as the actual board. And if you do use the run-off method, make sure you check the bottom edges of the board. Sometimes the run-off goes under the board and drips down like small icicles. Before it dries, I would try and scrap those drips off so the bottom of the board is as flush as possible. Make sense?

      Good luck!! So happy you’re giving this project a try! =)

    2. Manny

      Thanks so much for that info! I guess I’m going to give it a go. While spreading out the glaze, I’ll try to leave it as think as possible? I don’t want to “thin” it by trying to get it to the edges.

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36 thoughts on “DIY Beer Tray

  1. Jessica Shilt

    The tray turned out fantastic! Speaking of craft brews, I got my boyfriend hooked on making his own beer. His first batch actually turned out good (or so people say, I wouldn’t try it)

    Reply
  2. Jessica Shilt

    The tray turned out fantastic! Speaking of craft brews, I got my boyfriend hooked on making his own beer. His first batch actually turned out good (or so people say, I wouldn’t try it)

    Reply
  3. Clara

    Such an awesome creation, I love it! My life is full of craft beer lovers and we have tons of caps/labels/beer paraphernalia in my closet just begging to be put to use. Do you think actual six-pack labels would be too thick to work for this project?

    Reply
  4. Clara

    Such an awesome creation, I love it! My life is full of craft beer lovers and we have tons of caps/labels/beer paraphernalia in my closet just begging to be put to use. Do you think actual six-pack labels would be too thick to work for this project?

    Reply
  5. DIY Playbook

    With all of those beer lovers in your life, you’re going to be one busy lady!! Unfortunately, I would NOT recommend using six-pack labels because I’d think they will be too thick. I’d stick with the printed image of each of the beers. Good luck!!

    Reply
  6. DIY Playbook

    Great question, Doris, I should have addressed that in the post. I actually screwed the nails in deep enough so they are not poking out of the back. If this wasn’t the case, I would advise adding felt pads to protect the table.

    Reply
  7. Trang

    I just love this idea! I am going to do one just of my favorite craft beer brewery: Southern Tier Brewery. Their website is so awesome that they have a download section of ALL their beer labels. Print, print, print time. Thank you for this blog.

    Reply
  8. Trang

    I just love this idea! I am going to do one just of my favorite craft beer brewery: Southern Tier Brewery. Their website is so awesome that they have a download section of ALL their beer labels. Print, print, print time. Thank you for this blog.

    Reply
  9. DIY Playbook

    Thanks @Trang!! And wow, Southern Tier Brewery having all free printables available – AMAZING!! You’ll have to send us a pic when you’re done… we’d love to see!

    Thanks for stopping by,
    Bridget & Casey

    Reply
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  11. Emily Golladay

    How do you cover both sides of the tray with the glaze coat? I’m at this step now and a little confused.

    Reply
  12. Manny

    I love this! I have one question before I try this out. You mentioned how to spread the glaze with the old ruler. How did you specifically do the round edges? Did you “push” the glaze to the edge with the ruler and let it “run off” or did you “paint” it on? I guess I’m confused as it won’t stay on the round edge as it does on the larger flat surface area. Does all that make sense??

    Reply

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Bar Cart Styling

bar cart
Thanks to Casey’s Bar Cart Styling Tutorial, I created a bar cart of my own! Like Casey mentions in her step-by-step guide to creating a bar cart, you just gotta love how bar carts save cabinet space, add some serious function to any get-together, and can be a glamorous piece of eye candy for all of your guests to swoon over.
bar cart
I scored this bar cart at HomeGoods. This treasure was on sale for $65.00, but you can find carts that can be transformed into a bar cart for far less at thrift stores, flea markets, antique shops or a garage sale.
All you really need are a few shelves on wheels like Casey’s. Hers was not specifically made to be a bar cart, but with a little creativity… you can make it work just the same.
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Bar Cart Style

This bar on wheels fits perfectly into our dining room, and as I mentioned before, adds some serious function. I love that it compliments the colors of the rest of the space while also being very simple.

I plan to change the color scheme and maybe even some of the contents of the cart, for the holidays.  But for now, I love the refreshing, fresh look of this organized bar cart. Thanks for the inspiration Case! Maybe you can provide me (and the rest of our readers) with some tips on how to transition this bar cart into a sparkling holiday party on wheels? Please…?Bridget Signature

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  1. KristyDoyle

    My husband and I moved into our first home in August (hooray!), and it has a bonus room that works perfectly as a bar. We are currently on the hunt for the perfect bar cart to put on the far wall of the bar area, and I have some good ideas for that wall in general, I just need to find the cart of my dreams! The hunt continues….. 🙂

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  1. KristyDoyle

    My husband and I moved into our first home in August (hooray!), and it has a bonus room that works perfectly as a bar. We are currently on the hunt for the perfect bar cart to put on the far wall of the bar area, and I have some good ideas for that wall in general, I just need to find the cart of my dreams! The hunt continues….. 🙂

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Cheers To Our Fans!

mojito

When we started the blog back in March, we really didn’t ever think about page views and site statistics. We were just so thrilled to finally have a fun outlet for our creativity and projects.  Blog stats were just not on our minds! We figured we would at least have a couple readers (hi mom!)..but never really thought we could reach so many of you guys out there!

If you follow us on Instagram (@diyplaybook) you may have noticed our little celebration over the weekend. We hit 100,000 pageviews! Now we know that there are some Hall of Fame blogs out there that average way more hits than that, but for us it was a big milestone!

Cheers to our Fans Mojito

So we wanted to say CHEERS and THANKS to you guys…our #1 fans.  We’ve received so much support and love from friends & family, and even from new friends we’ve made because of DIY Playbook.

Now, we’re two gals that believe in celebrating all the accomplishments in life…big or small.  So this calls for a little celebration, and every par-tay calls for a cocktail!

Minty Mojito Recipe Mojitos

Here’s a recipe for one of our favorite Summer drinks…a refreshing, minty mojito!

Mojito Ingredients

Minty Mojitos
Level: Easy
Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 serving

Lime and mint

Ingredients:
-fresh mint leaves
-1/2 lime (cut into small wedges)
-1 cup ice
-1.5 ounces white rum
-1/2 cup club soda
-2 T. simple syrup

Mojito mint drink in mason jar

Directions:
Mash the mint and lime in a glass. Add the simple syrup and fill the glass with ice. Add the rum and top with club soda. Shake well. Garnish with lime and more mint.

Mojito in mason jar
Mint Mojito Recipe Drink Cheers
We hope you guys enjoy these fabulous mojitos and remember to celebrate your accomplishments (big & small) every single day.
Mint Mojito Recipe Drink Cheers
Cheers!
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  1. Amber McIntire

    Mmmm…my favorite drink! I haven’t had one yet this year but it’s been on my mind with Summer rolling in! I’ll have to go make one and celebrate with you!

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  1. Amber McIntire

    Mmmm…my favorite drink! I haven’t had one yet this year but it’s been on my mind with Summer rolling in! I’ll have to go make one and celebrate with you!

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