Thanksgiving Tray from a Cupboard Door

how to make a tray from a cupboard door

My Thanksgiving decor this year consists mainly of pumpkins, candles and leaves! So when I knew I needed to come up with a turkey-themed tutorial for this month's #Makeit Challenge, I decided to make something that would be functional as well as cute - a turkey bread/cheese tray! I'm including affiliate links for your convenience. My full disclosure policy can be found here.

I had some cupboard doors left over after I remade my hutch into a coffee bar so I removed the hardware from one of them, filled the holes, glued round wood craft balls to the bottom, one in each corner, for feet, and painted the whole shebang creamy white.

I found a vintage turkey graphic at The Graphics Fairy, my favorite resource for graphics of a vintage nature. I used the Mod Podge method to transfer my image to my project.

How to Mod Podge an Image to Wood:

After printing out the turkey, I cut around the edges so that no white remained. Then I applied a thin, even layer of Mod Podge to the front of the graphic (not shown). I laid it onto my painted door with the color, glue-side-down, smoothed it out and left it to dry (24 hours). Once dry, I lightly sprayed it with water and started rubbing the paper off just using my finger. My image is left behind! You can see how I goofed in a couple spots and took off  more than I wanted to. Oh well, it adds to the vintage feel :)

(keep in mind that if your graphic has words, you'll need to reverse it before printing 
so you're words are readable!)

adding a graphic to wood using mod podge

Next I printed out the saying I used, We Are Thankful, onto regular printer paper. Using an Exacto knife, I cut out the letters, leaving a stencil behind. I taped the words into place and applied Burnt Umber acrylic paint with a stencil brush.

Adding words to DIY thanksgiving tray

Everything got a coat of clear wax for protection. The glossy surface also makes it easy to wipe crumbs off.

I spray painted a couple of cabinet pulls hammered bronze, and attached them to the sides. This way it's easy to pick up the tray to transport it from the kitchen to the room where we're hanging out and desperately in need of snacks!

turkey-themed tray from a cupboard door at

Creating a tray from a cupboard door

There is no edge so I probably wouldn't use it for heavy objects or drinks that could easily slide off. However, it's perfect for simple, light snacks...chips and dip, cheese and crackers, bread and butter, pumpkin and turkey sugar get the idea.

Here are the rest of the projects in the #Makeit Turkey Challenge:

Have fun decorating for Thanksgiving!

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  1. I love that you re-used something you already had! Your tray looks really nice and will be very functional during the holidays!

    1. Thank you, I'm sure it will get a lot of use for parties, and I'm glad I could use one of the discarded doors :)

  2. I love being able to reuse things for a new fun purpose! Great project!
    ~ Ashley

    1. It's a great feeling to make something new out of something that would otherwise be garbage. I'm helping our planet, one project at a time, lol!

  3. What a neat technique! I didn't know you could do that.

    1. It sure saves time when you don't want to paint by hand!

  4. I love the way you think! Thanks for sharing at Project Inspire{d}. We featured you this week! xo

    1. Aw, you are so sweet Malia! Thank you for the feature.. Have a terrific weekend ☺

  5. Thanks for sharing your Thanksgiving tray at The Pin Junkie. Your project was featured in a fall & Thanksgiving craft roundup at


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