How to Make a DIY Beer Tray
Any beer lovers tuning in? If there are… forgive me. I am not 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.
How to Make a DIY Beer Tray
Supplies for DIY Beer Tray – Part 1
- 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)
Steps to Create a DIY Beer Tray
The first thing you should do is cut out each label…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.
Here are a few tips I would recommend when mod podging the labels onto the tray.
Tips for Mod Podge
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.
Supplies for DIY Beer Tray – Part 2
- 2 handles with screws
- Super Glaze (High Gloss)
- Stir Stick
- 3 plastic cups
- Drop Cloth
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 screwdriver to secure the handles. Try to tighten the handles enough so that they are flush with the back of the tray and the tray can sit on a tabletop without wobbling. You can also use a countersink bit so the screw is pushed in a bit more.
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.
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!
I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m married to Finn & mom to Rory and Ellis. Together we’re creating our dream home in Chicago, one DIY project at a time.