Build an Acorns DIY wood tray for serving nuts (fall decor)

Learn how to build an Acorns DIY wood tray for serving nuts and snacks, or for a centerpiece for fall decorating! Made with scrap wood and stencils!

Build an Acorns DIY wood tray for serving nuts (fall decor)

 

Learn how to create a rustic acorns-themed DIY wood tray using scrap wood! Perfect for serving your favorite nuts and snacks or as a table centerpiece for fall decorating.

Anyone else love eating nuts as much as I do?

I personally adore eating nuts year around. In fact, I always carry a bag of mixed nuts in my bike baskets when trail riding too… you know… for those moments I could really have had dinner prior, but chose to chase the sunset through a forest trail instead. Priorities you know…

So when I was mulling over what to have around for fall decorating this year, I’ve yet to ever come up with a fresh nuts project. There’s chestnuts for Christmas of course, however acorns really struck a fall decorating chord…

I always have nut bowls in the living room or on the kitchen island. But it sure would be nice if my snacks were in one spot to provide easier handling around from room to room!

Hmmm… how about a wooden serving tray with an Acorn theme to cart some nut bowls around on?

Now that would be not only fun to make, it would be highly productive too! And would double as a pretty fall table or Thanksgiving tabletop centerpiece.

So… let’s build an Acorns DIY wood tray for serving nuts for those of us who have a passion for eating fresh nuts… in fine fall-style this round!

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Build an Acorns DIY wood tray

for serving nuts (fall decor)

 

Tools and supplies needed

 

Reclaimed wood

Acorns stencil

Stencil brushes (I love using dome-tipped)

Fusion Mineral Paint in colors of choice

Locate a local Fusion merchant HERE

Miter saw (adore my Bosch)

Cordless Drill (my fav is Makita!)

Orbital sander (I love my Bosch variable speed)

Kreg Jig (optional)

Rustic nut bowls

Fresh eating nuts of choice with nut crackers


Acorns fall stencil by Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils

View Acorns stencil HERE

Where to find a fall Acorns stencil

 

Since I didn’t have a nut-themed stencil as yet, this would be first! So an Acorns fall stencil was designed to help create some fabulous fall decorating ideas!

The Acorns stencil is sized perfectly for crates, placemats, throw pillows, and in my case, a small serving tray.

So… let’s add a little simple woodworking to build this Acorns DIY wood tray.

Learn how to build an Acorns DIY wood tray for serving nuts and snacks, or for a centerpiece for fall decorating! Made with scrap wood and stencils!

Learn how to build an Acorns DIY wood tray for serving nuts and snacks, or for a centerpiece for fall decorating! Made with scrap wood and stencils!

Preparing the wood for the tray

 

1. Cut two long boards to the desired size of your DIY wood tray.

Mine measure:

2. Prepare two smaller boards the depth of your boards.

These boards can either be thick enough to support the tray or for thinner boards for decorative purposes which is the way I am using them today since I am assembling this tray with a Kreg Jig pocket hole maker.

Learn how to build an Acorns DIY wood tray for serving nuts and snacks, or for a centerpiece for fall decorating! Made with scrap wood and stencils!

Assembling the tray

 

You can bypass using a Kreg Jig by screwing the two side wood supports to the main long tray boards instead. However here is how to assemble the tray using pocket holes.

3. Place one of the long boards into a Kreg Jig with the back facing you. Drill at least 3 pocket holes.

Acorns fall stencil by Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils

4. Flip the boards good-side-down, then attach the boards with screws through the pocket holes.

Kreg Jig Video

 

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Click above to watch a short video on how to use a Kreg Jig (mine is a 4K) or read the full post HERE.


Acorns fall stencil by Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils

Adding tray sideboards

 

Whether you are adding side boards for support or decorative purposes, the steps are the same.

5. Position the side boards where desired on the good side of the tray.

6. Hold in place as you flip the tray good-side-down.

7. Assemble with screws from the bottom of the tray.

I used one of the side boards on the bottom of the tray as a spacer to help guild how far to drill from the tray edge.

Learn how to build an Acorns DIY wood tray for serving nuts and snacks, or for a centerpiece for fall decorating! Made with scrap wood and stencils!

Stenciling Acorns accents on the tray

 

8. Position the stencil and the nut bowls where desired.


Learn how to build an Acorns DIY wood tray for serving nuts and snacks, or for a centerpiece for fall decorating! Made with scrap wood and stencils!

I decided to stencil the Acorns design off-centre so the nut bowls wouldn’t cover the cute graphics!

Fun fact: The Carter Products vintage crate inspired this Acorns design! Even though they look nothing alike except for the oval in the centre. You never know where inspiration will hit.

Learn how to build an Acorns DIY wood tray for serving nuts and snacks, or for a centerpiece for fall decorating! Made with scrap wood and stencils!

Paint colors used:

 

9. Stencil the Acorns graphic in colors desired.

I decided to mimic the black lettering on the crate, then make the acorns graphic in fall stenciled in fall colors to add a visual punch.

Lettering: Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black

Leaf: Fusion’s Park Bench mixed with Coal Black

Acorns: a mix of Fusion’s Coal Black, Fusion’s Algonquin and orange acrylic craft paint.

How to stencil to achieve sharp images with no paint bleed

 

Stenciling is actually very easy. However, to ensure your images are as sharp as they can be, the key is ensuring your stencil brush feels dry to avoid paint bleed.

  • position stencil in place with masking tape
  • load a dome-tipped stencil brush with paint, then off-load most onto a rag
  • tap or swirl paint through the stencil to achieve the desired effect

Learn more about how to stencil from THIS post.


Learn how to build an Acorns DIY wood tray for serving nuts and snacks, or for a centerpiece for fall decorating! Made with scrap wood and stencils!

How to add shading details to the acorns

 

How adorable is that?!

For the acorns, I kind of bounced around with adding visual texture and shades by going over the stencil a few times until I got the look I was after.

  • Decide where the light is coming from
  • Add darker tones to the underside of the acorns
  • Stencil lighter tones where your chosen light source is coming from

I think the stenciling turned out so cute! With a strong vintage crate-vibe I think!

Learn how to build an Acorns DIY wood tray for serving nuts and snacks, or for a centerpiece for fall decorating! Made with scrap wood and stencils!

Adding distressing and protective details – optional

 

At this point, you could further distress the fall graphics by lightly sanding and protect the wood with a sealer or wood stain of sorts. However for my own use, I have chosen to leave the wood unfinished.

Should the Acorns DIY wood tray be used for beverages, using coasters or protecting the wood tray with Fusion’s Stain and Finishing Oil in Natural would be my own preferences.


Learn how to build an Acorns DIY wood tray for serving nuts and snacks, or for a centerpiece for fall decorating! Made with scrap wood and stencils!

Adding nut bowls

 

10. Gather up some rustic nut bowls and fill them up with your favorite nuts!

My own rustic nut bowls are holding a mix of nuts – salted peanuts and salt and peppered pistachios, however they will be frequently changed out no doubt.

I’m on the lookout for some fresh hazelnuts from a farm nearby next!


Learn how to build an Acorns DIY wood tray for serving nuts and snacks, or for a centerpiece for fall decorating! Made with scrap wood and stencils!

Fall accent ideas to add to the tray

 

Staging the Acorns DIY wood tray is the fun part! After positioning the nut bowls, simply add whatever fall inspiration you desire to finish the tray off as if it were a beautiful centerpiece for a dining room table or otherwise. 

Here are some ideas:


Learn how to build an Acorns DIY wood tray for serving nuts and snacks, or for a centerpiece for fall decorating! Made with scrap wood and stencils!

The finished tray

 

Doesn’t this rustic Acorns DIY wood tray just have all the perfect moody fall-vibes?!

I just ADORE it. Love the pop of color as well as the neutrals. It’s rustic, warm, inviting, and of course, holds my favorite healthy snack in full-out fall-style.

Learn how to build an Acorns DIY wood tray for serving nuts and snacks, or for a centerpiece for fall decorating! Made with scrap wood and stencils!

Nut tray video how-to

 


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Click above to watch a short video of the making of this tray!

This was such an easy tray to create. Thanks to that epic little Acorns stencil!

I sure could use a fall pillow that looks like this… perhaps that will be on my fall decorating list next!

Learn how to build an Acorns DIY wood tray for serving nuts and snacks, or for a centerpiece for fall decorating! Made with scrap wood and stencils!

Oops… nearly forgot my beloved coffee. You can bet this is how I’ll likely use this Acorns DIY wood tray the very most!

Fun piece isn’t it? Think you’ll make a little wood tray to serve nuts or your fav treats too? How would you use it?

Find the Acorns stencil HERE

And many other fall stencil designs HERE

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Build a unique Tic Tac Toe game and rustic serving tray with reclaimed wood and pipes! The game pieces double as coasters! Simple to make using a stencil.

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2 thoughts on “Build an Acorns DIY wood tray for serving nuts (fall decor)

  1. Your stenciled nut tray is so fun! The size is perfect and so versatile. You’re making me want to get out my stencils and start creating!

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