Concrete projects are quite popular these days. It’s no wonder why. It doesn’t take much more than an inexpensive bag of cement and some cardboard to create this cool, industrial-chic concrete serving tray. It was created by decor and DIY expert Amy Kim, who blogs at Homey Oh My!
Just follow her step-by-step tutorial to create your own DIY concrete serving tray.
DIY Concrete Serving Tray Project
The fast-approaching summer months had me thinking about outdoor entertaining. Then I thought about how I didn’t have any kind of tray for my summer refreshments to sit pretty on top of. (These are very important things to think about, I know!) Then throw in this DIY challenge from The Home Depot, and I decided I’d figure out how to use concrete to make a simple concrete serving tray. It would not only work for those hostess moments, but also as a decorative piece for the home. Versatility is always a good thing!
- Box cutter
- Painter’s tape
- Cooking spray
- 2 Drawer handles (I used this Steel Bar Cabinet Hardware Appliance Pull from Liberty Hardware.)
- Sanding sponge
- Adhesive vinyl bumpers
First, make a cardboard box to be the mold for the concrete.
Using a ruler and a box cutter, I cut a large sheet of cardboard into the following sizes:
- 1 — 8¼-in. x 18-in.
- 2 — 3½-in. x 18-in.
- 2 — 3½-in. x 8¼-in.
Next I stuck on painters tape along the edge of the 8¼ x 18 in. cardboard piece.
I flipped the cardboard over so that the sticky side of the tape is facing up. Then I placed a matching sized cardboard piece on top of the tape, standing upright.
Then I folded the tape upward and stuck it onto the cardboard piece. I repeated this on each edge.
I taped up the corners and anywhere else reinforcement was needed to secure the shape of the box.
On the inside of the box, I roughly marked a little higher than a half inch on one of the walls. This is the line I used to determine how much concrete to pour in.
To minimize the cardboard sticking to the concrete after it dries, I prepped the inside of the box with a light coat of cooking spray.
Time for the cement.
I initially mixed 8 cups of cement with about 3 cups of water. Then I added water little by little until the cement reached the consistency of thin pancake batter.
Then I poured it into the box up to the line that I previously marked inside the box.
While the cement was starting to set, I screwed the screws into the handles as deeply as they could possibly go. Then I waited until the cement had set for about a total of 15 minutes.
I lowered the handle into the cement and used tape anchored to the cardboard to hold it in place.
After doing this on each side, I waited a few hours for the cement to dry completely.
Once the cement had completely dried, I removed all the tape and peeled away all the cardboard pieces.
Using a very coarse sanding sponge, I sanded down any rough or uneven edges.
I stuck on an adhesive vinyl bumper on each corner of the bottom of the tray.
The Finished Concrete Serving Tray
The tray can definitely be painted, but I love the clean, minimal look of the concrete.
It’s modern, while still being simple enough to fit in with most every setting. Remember how I mentioned that versatility? This concrete serving tray could really go most anywhere!
This project is part of our Cement DIY Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog. We challenged some of our favorite DIY and decor bloggers to come up with a DIY projects using cement.
Amy Kim writes about style, simple decor and craft ideas at Homey Oh My! She lives in Los Angeles.
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