Woodsy Cabin Tray

Turn a cutting board into a rustic serving tray with woodsy handles and a menagerie of forest friends!
By  Jennifer & Kitty O’Neil  



  • Wooden cutting board, 15”x21”
  • Faux-branch bronze drawer handles with hardware, 1½”x5”, two
  • Rubber furniture pads


  • Plaid FolkArt: Woodland Stencil Value Pack, 12”x12”; Acrylic Craft Paint: Classic Green 2554, Fresh Foliage 954, Teal 2920, Imperial Red 4669, Navy Blue 403; Satin Finish Waterbased Varnish; Barnwood Tint Painted Finishes
  • Paintbrushes: stiff bristled, flat craft, foam or sponge pouncer 

basic supplies

  • Drill with bit
  • Disposable plates
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paper towels
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Screwdriver

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1. Stain surface and edges of cutting board Barnwood Tint 2” at a time and let dry. Shake bottle and squeeze tint onto disposable plate. Brush tint on with long smooth strokes, avoid letting the tint pool or puddle. Wipe entire surface with paper towel to remove excess tint. Let dry. Repeat to tint reverse side of cutting board; let dry.

2. Tape tree stencil in place with painter’s tape, leaving room on the sides for handles. Stencil three Classic Green Trees by dabbing pouncer or foam paintbrush straight up and down while holding edge of stencil in place with your other hand. Let dry. Shift stencil slightly and paint three Fresh Foliage trees over the previous trees using same technique. Let dry.

3. Flip deer stencil so deer is facing left. Tape stencil in place and paint teal; let dry. Place squirrel stencil facing the deer and paint Imperial Red; let dry. Arrange bird stencil so the birds are flying to the right and paint Navy Blue. Let dry for 24 hours. Seal cutting board with Varnish using the flat craft paintbrush; let dry.

4. Find center on short ends of cutting board and drill holes for handles. Screw handles in place as shown. Adhere rubber feet to back of tray as desired.