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DIY WOOD TRAY DOLLAR TREE | Look for Less Challenge February 2020 | Dollar Tree Serving Tray

DIY WOOD TRAY DOLLAR TREE | Look for Less Challenge February 2020 | Dollar Tree Serving Tray
hey everyone this is yummy your lucky night next door welcome back today we have a

February

's oh

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if you're unfamiliar with the

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it is a

challenge

where we take a high-end piece of home decor something that's a little bit out of our budget and we recreate it for

less

now for this month I gave you guys three choices to pick for what I should recreate honestly it was neck and neck between a and C pretty much everybody wanted a off the bat and then C started creeping up with a lot of requests for it so I decided that I was going to do both however for this video I am gonna be doing a and a for the beautiful herb planter I am gonna be bringing that to you guys this Monday so make sure you stick around so you can see how I recreated that one too also after this video make sure you head on over to Kat with according to Kat who was my co-host for this month's

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and see what she recreated so for this one we're gonna recreate that

tray

from a Neiman Marcus that was crazy priced the bone

tray

look

s like it's made of individual pieces and I thought it would be a great opportunity to use a little tower game that you can find at

Dollar

Tree

for this in order to give the same

look

as the original

tray

I needed to paint some of these little blocks and I use some acrylic paint in vintage white now I will be painting these blocks in two different ways the first way is going to be where we paint them on the larger side as...
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you see I'm doing here now you want to paint a lot of them so this will take a little while just be sure to have something on that you enjoy listening to Anna just so you know I used six of these little games now since this was my first time attempting a

tray

like this I had to figure out what the best steps were going to be in order to get this done right so at first I started hearing them and next to each other one white one bare one white one bare

wood

and I used basically a school glue for this this is the way I needed to lay them down however there was nothing on the back kind of giving it a little bit extra support so that it would all hold itself together and as you can see there were a lot of these little blocks to put together so I had to come up with something in order to give it a little bit more stability so I took this frame that I had actually made for another video that I posted previously but the little cross that was on it did not survive my kids so I decided to use it for this as the base and support so I began to adhere the little pieces of

wood

with a hot glue gun in order to add it to the frame after my first row was adhered I went ahead and added all the pieces that I had previously glued together onto the frame and then once I adhered those I began adding them individually once again I noticed that the school glue was actually working kind of like a

wood

glue with little

wood

pieces so what I did was I used the school glue to adhere them to each...
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other but the hot glue to adhere it to the

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I continued this along the little frame and I made sure to keep the pattern going

wood

white

wood

white once they were all adhered I did give the top a light sanding in order to smooth a couple of rough edges and then I had to go back and retouch a couple of the white ones that had lost some of their pigment then it was time to do the perimeter of the

tray

now this is where the second kind of application applies this time you are going to paint each of the little pieces on the narrower sides as well as one of the ends now some of them are completely painted as you can see but that's because I use some of the ones that I was painting for the bottom of the

tray

that were left over I went ahead and use those for the perimeter but as you can see all you need to do are the narrower sides and one of the ends after all of those are done and dry then you begin to hear them side to side I was going in the larger sites together and repeating the same pattern of white

wood

white

wood

occasionally I would stand them up right against the trade to see how many more I needed to add on after all four sides were done and before I adhered them to the

tray

I went ahead and took some sandpaper and sanded all four edges since unfortunately these are not all the same size after that was complete it was time to adhere the sides and I used the hot glue gun for this I try to make sure to make the

tray

as tight as possible leaving the most minimal...
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science gaps where I could after the sides were adhered then it was time to create the little handles that the original

tray

had and I just use a dowel that I had on hand that was left over from a previous project while the

tray

is functional these handles are just for show I needed a total of two larger pieces and four smaller pieces and I use my trusty mini miter saw kit that you guys know I love I used hot glue to adhere the pieces together and then I took some of my brush metal paint in the color bronze and I gave them a couple of coats and while those were drawing I took some Mod Podge that I had on hand and gave everything one thick coat in order to seal the entire train I use the matte finish because that's what I had but you can always use a glossy or version the Mod Podge also helped kind of fill some of those gaps that were between the little blocks and then the final step was to adhere the little faux handles I made sure to cut off any excess hot glue that might have seeped out you guys this little trade was such a tall order there was just so many steps involved and then I gave him a couple of touch-ups and finally here is my finished

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Neiman Marcus Trey all right so let's see how I did the original Neiman Marcus

tray

was 275

dollar

s I used six of those little tumbling block games and I went ahead and included the little frame that I had gotten from

Dollar

Tree

previously for a

dollar

so it was about seven

dollar

s because I had everything...
else on hand however even if you did need to buy the dowel and a couple of paints you'd still do this between ten and twelve

dollar

s total so I think that's still a great deal and while mine is a little bit smaller and lighter in color I still believe I achieved capturing the originals

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make sure to give this video some love with a thumbs up if you enjoyed this monthly

challenge

and let me know what you thought of the

tray

in the comments below thank you so much Kat for joining me as a co-host for this month's

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for

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don't forget to stop by her channel and let her know that the Athena nags were sent to you and I cannot wait to see what everyone else has created for this month's

challenge

don't forget Monday I am sharing how I recreated that wall piece for your herb garden and I will see you guys in the next video until then have you