I feel like it’s been ages since I shared a DIY project here, so it’s about time I get back into the swing of things and share a new project. And what better time to do that than for National Donut Day tomorrow!
Donut Day is my favorite of all the food holidays, so when I started brainstorming what to make for this beloved holiday, I landed on something that I hoped would be useful. After all, I am 100% out of space in my apartment, so I can only justify useful DIYs these days. That’s how this DIY donut tray was born!
Naturally, I will also be eating donuts this Friday, despite reminding myself I’m supposed to be “eating healthy.” I’ll make an exception, just this once…
Anyway, here’s how to make your own painted donut tray from a piece of wood and pretty drawer hardware!
- Round wood, approx. 10 inch diameter
- 2 drawer handles with screws
- Tan/light brown paint
- Light pink paint
- Other paint colors
- Variety of paintbrush sizes
- Clear spray paint sealant
- Drill (not required, but recommended)
First, sand the wood down if needed. I purchased mine at Michaels, so it was already smooth, but it’s actually made to be a clock, so I filled in the hole with a little putty. Using any round object as a stencil, draw a circle in the middle of the wood to show the hole in the middle of the donut. My hole measured about 3 inches.
Next, paint the entire piece of wood (top and sides, minus the hole in the middle) a tan or light brown color. Let dry.
With the light pink paint, paint on the “frosting” about 1 inch from the edge of the wood in squiggles or waves. Leave about an inch between the donut hole and the “frosting.” If needed, use the pencil to sketch your design before painting.
Once dry, use a small paint brush to make small lines in various colors around the “frosting.” These are the sprinkles. Play around with the different angles of the lines so that they all do not face the same direction.
Spray the entire piece with a clear spray paint to seal the paint. This is recommended so that the paint does not chip off the wood. It also gives it a shine, but it’s not required.
Once completely dry, you will need to screw in the handles. About one inch from the edge, choose where you would like the first handle to go and mark the holes with a pencil. Each hole should be about an inch from the edge. Before drilling, use a ruler to measure where the opposite handle should go so that the handles are as even as possible. Mark the holes of the second handle. Lastly, drill the handles into the wood until secure.
*Alternatively, you can use a heavy duty glue like E6000 to glue the handles but be warned it is less reliable.
Now you have a completed donut tray for entertaining, holding donuts or drinks! In my case margaritas, which I thoroughly enjoyed drinking when they were done being used as props…
Happy National Donut Day!