This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot. All Opinions are my own! Learn how to create this gorgeous DIY Concrete Tray & some tips for working with concrete. Create different shapes and customize with handles!
Today I have a very fun and different project from what you normally see here on the blog. I’ll be the first to admit, this project was a bit of a trial and error for me since I don’t have a whole lot of experience working with concrete… but look how cute this DIY Concrete Tray turned out!
And the best part is that you can make one too! This Thursday Home Depot is holding their June DIH Workshop! So grab some ladies and have a DIYing Girls Night Out! You know you need a break from the kids and what better way to do it than play in some concrete!
The Home Depot offers Workshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels. Prepare to learn something new!!
There are three types of Workshops offered: Do-It-Yourself (DIY), Do-It-Herself (DIH) and Kids. Customers can learn how to build décor projects, how to make easy home repairs and how to operate tools through demonstrations and step-by-step instructions. There is something for everyone, I promise!
Visit their page here to learn more.
Technically this is a pretty easy project, but I do have a few tips for you. Because well, let’s face it… I totally got to smash my first tray to pieces because I made a couple of errors! Make sure and register to attend the workshop for the full tutorial, but I’ll give you some insight into my DIY Concrete Tray Centerpiece!
DIY Concrete Tray & Tips for Working with Concrete
First, I built the mold. This is the biggest tip I have for you! Cover the wood in painter’s tape before pouring your cement into the mold! My first try might have been inseparable from the plywood… just sayin. The painter’s tape totally did the trick though and it came off like a charm!
Inserting the handles right after you set your concrete can be a little more difficult than it sounds. You’ll either need to tape them in place to the mold (so they don’t fall to the side). OR you can do what I did, which is let the concrete set for a few minutes (this uses a rapid set concrete so it doesn’t take long) and insert the handles once the concrete has thickened up a little.
Right after I inserted my handles I also took my trowel and “distressed” the concrete a little. I wanted the tray to look old and worn so I just lightly pressed down to create trowel marks, and very softly drug it across the top until I got the desired look!
I am totally smitten over the end result! Typically you would want to sand the edges, but I left mine kind of rough to match the trowel marks I created. I did sand it slightly so there weren’t any sharp edges, but I wasn’t going for a perfectly rounded edge.
For me these handles totally make the project! It adds that bit of industrial flair that I love so much!
I hope you enjoyed this project and will head out to your Local Home Depot this week to learn how to build your own! If you’ve ever had a desire to work with concrete this is the absolute perfect project to dip your toes in… although I don’t recommend actually dipping your toes in the concrete ; ).
DIY Concrete Tray –
Have a beautiful day friends!
For more ideas on what you can do with these DIY Concrete Trays check out these posts:
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- Inspiration for Moms
- Shades of Blue Interiors
- Domestically Speaking
- Remodelando La Casa
- Sawdust 2 Stitches
- Live Laugh Rowe
- Petticoat Junction
- Cherished Bliss