How to Build a Concrete Tray

How to Make a Concrete Serving Tray

Use concrete to make a simple, modern DIY serving tray

1-2 hours

What You Need

Measure and mark cuts
step 1

Using the measuring tape, measure and mark the cuts as listed below.

On the 1- x 3-inch x 8-foot common board:
• Two 14-inch sections
• Two 9 ½-inch sections

On the 2- x 2-foot plywood:
• One 15 ½- x 9 ½-inch section

Make cuts
step 2

• Make the marked cuts on the common board and plywood using a circular saw.
• Use a sanding sponge to smooth any rough edges.

Build the mold
step 3

• Set the two 14-inch sections vertically on the table.
• Place the two 9 ½-inch sections vertically at the top and bottom of each of the 14-inch sections to form a rectangle.
• Pre-drill holes using the 1/8-inch drill bit and secure frame with screws.
• Place plywood on top of frame and attach with screws.

Prepare handles
step 4

Prepare handles for insertion into cement by attaching the smallest supplied screw into each and securing tightly.

Mix and pour cement
step 5

• Mix 80 ounces of cement with 20 ounces of water in mixing the pail and stir well until completely mixed.
• Pour the cement into your mold and distribute evenly using a trowel.
• Insert handles. Make sure they are centered and that the screws are entirely covered by cement.
• Allow cement to set for an hour or more.

Remove mold
step 6

• Once set, flip the frame over and remove the screws in the plywood.
• Remove the plywood by prying apart from cement.
• Flip over again and remove the screws from wood frame.
• Remove the frame by prying apart or tapping with hammer.
• Attach vinyl bumpers to corners of bottom of tray.