DIY Serving Tray of Copper Pipe and Acrylic

Camila Pavone

Article Posted By: Camila Pavone

of Effortless Style

DIY Serving Tray of Copper Pipe and Acrylic

This DIY serving tray has such a distinctive luxe look to it. It’s surprisingly easy to make, too.

Camila Pavone of Effortless Style offered this up as her contribution to our series, DIY Challenge: Pipe. We asked April and several other awesome crafters and bloggers to come up with ingenious DIY projects that use pipe as an ingredient. It could be just about any kind of pipe: galvanized pipePVC pipe or, as in this case, copper pipe.

We love the combination of copper pipe with the transparent acrylic panel in this project. It’s is not your usual pipe project. Just follow the step-by-step tutorial to make your own DIY serving tray from acrylic and copper pipe.

Copper Pipe and Acrylic Serving Tray Tutorial

I was excited to take part in this DIY challenge that revolved around one specific item: copper pipe. Now I know that industrial accents are really popular right now in the design world, but personally it’s not my style at all. I have a couple little accents of it in my husband’s man den, but the rest of my home is industrial free. What oh what was I going to do with piping? It took a little thinking, but I came up with a cool concept and after talking it over with my hubby, aka my go-to handy man, and getting the okay that my idea could actually come to life we hit our local Home Depot store.

Acrylic sheets are used in a lot of home improvement projects, and I was able to find a 18 x 24 in. sheet for about $20. One quick trip to the plumbing aisle, and I picked up the rest of my supplies in copper and voila we had the makings for a lucite and copper DIY serving tray.

Materials needed for a DIY serving tray project

Materials


Step 1

Cut your pipe to size with a hack saw. We cut two pieces to 16 in. and the remaining two pieces to 22 in.

Cutting copper to size for a DIY serving tray project


Step 2

Connect your pieces to make a rectangle. You will use the copper elbows and a two-part epoxy to attach everything.

Lie it on a flat surface to set. Set time will depend on your epoxy. We needed to wait 20 mins.

Applying epoxy to pipe fittings in a DIY serving tray project

Copper pipe and used in a DIY serving tray project


Step 3

Mock up your copper rectangle over your acrylic sheet and decide where you would like to place your copper bell hangers. Once you settle on a place mark it and then use a drill to make your holes.

Copper bell hanger in a DIY serving tray project

Drilling a hole in an acrylic sheet for a DIY serving tray project


Step 4

Thread bolt through the top of the copper bell hanger and through the acrylic. Secure with nut on bottom side.

To lock that nut in place add an additional nut.

Threading a bolt through an acrylic panel in a DIY serving tray project


Step 5

Use a Dremel tool to cut off the excess part of the bolt.

Using a Dremel Tool to Cut Off the Excess Part of the Bolt in a DIY Serving Tray Project


Step 6

Place rectangular copper piping into the copper bell hangers.

Screwing the bell hangers into place on an acrylic panel to make a serving tray


Step 7

Screw the sides of the copper bell hangers into place. These screws come with the copper bell hangers and do not need to be trimmed.

Place rectangular copper piping into the copper bell hangers.

Attaching copper pipe to an acrylic panel to make a serving tray


The Completed DIY Serving Tray

DIY Serving Tray of Copper Pipe and Acrylic

DIY Serving Tray of Copper Pipe and Acrylic

DIY Serving Tray of Copper Pipe and Acrylic

DIY Serving Tray of Copper Pipe and Acrylic

Enjoy your new DIY serving tray!

I love how glam it is with the mix of acrylic and copper. It’s a great size to use on my coffee table with accessories or for snacks. Trays are so helpful for a mom to two little guys who get into everything. I’m constantly moving them around the house to keep them away from little hands.

Camila Pavone believes that good design shouldn’t be a luxury and that everyone should be able to enjoy a space that reflects their true self.Effortless Style is her daily design journal with DIY projects, decorating ideas and tips on how to decorate on a budget.

Check out more of our DIY Challenge: Pipe series and our simple DIY projects here on The Home Depot Blog, and follow our Projects Using Pipe board on Pinterest for more fun projects using copper pipe.

Browse your nearest Home Depot store or our online Plumbing Department for supplies for your next DIY project using pipe.