Make your own decorative metal tray

Remember my Fall tablescape from last week?

I promised I’d show you how we made the super-simple decorative metal tray, and today’s the day!

M-D Building Products sell sheets of metal – aluminum, brushed nickle, copper, gold, black, in solid sheets and patterned ones.  You can find a selection of M-D Building Products at your local Home Depot, or click the (affiliate) image below:

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I first learned about this company through the Haven Conference I attended in July and I immediately wanted to try my hand at working with sheet metal – and you will too once you see how easy this is.

I chose a gold sheet in a clover pattern sized 1′ by 2′.

I determined that I wanted a 2 ½” lip around my decorative metal tray, so we (my Step-Dad and I) marked the corners at 2 ½” in from either edge and then cut them out with tin snips.

My Step-Dad isn’t wearing gloves in these photos, but the edges are fairly sharp, so I highly recommend them (from the person that left little blood marks on the end of the tray).
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Easy cutting – the metal is thick enough to be solid, but thin enough that the tin snips cut through it smoothly and easily.

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Once all four corners were cut out, we used scrap wood as a straight edge to bend the edges up into a tray shape.

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You can keep working the edges if you want a crisper line by tapping it with a rubber mallet.

We brought all four edges into place and then tied them together with some floral wire, twisted tightly with pliers.

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The (sharp) wire ends were tucked in towards the centre of the tray so that no one got poked.

That’s it – you’ve made a decorative metal tray!

This tray is not quite strong enough to hold cups of coffee, but it can hold a bit of weight, so it would be perfect as a desk organizer to hold envelopes and stationery.

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I decided to use it as the base of my Fall tablescape (and probably my Christmas one too) as a centrepiece.

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Four simple cuts, a few twists of the wire and you’ve created this beautiful decorative metal tray.

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I filled it with candles, balls and leaves for my Fall tablescape.

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I have more sheet metal projects in the works, so don’t think you are limited to trays.  Here are just a couple of ideas I found on Pinterest:

LOVE these candle holders, I’d love to line my walkway with these come Hallowe’en.

You may never find an easier way to build a table!

Stay tuned, you’ll love what comes next!

 

Have a great one!

 

This post is sponsored by M-D Building Products. I was provided with sheet metal and tools to help spread the word about M-D Building Products’ portfolio of decorative sheet metals. 100Things2Do.ca only shares information I feel is relevant to my readers. All opinions expressed are sincere and my own. M-D Building Products is not responsible for the dialogue of this article.

 

2018-06-18T13:39:04-04:00October 2nd, 2017|DECOR, DIY|0 Comments

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