I’m crossing my fingers that most of y’all know who Ron Swanson is. If you do, then I have a project you will love. If not, well…. then I have a TV show recommendation that you should binge watch on Netflix.
- wooden serving tray (I used these)
- computer, printer, and paper
- Sharpie or paint pen
I made these trays as Christmas presents for a family white elephant exchange. I wanted to use food-related quotes on them, and after brainstorming for a while it dawned on me. If it’s a food-related quote you’re looking for (or any quote, really) then there no one better to turn to than Ron Swanson. If you’re not familiar with Ron Swanson, he is a character of the show Parks and Recreation. He loves meat, woodworking, and freedom, and he has some of the best one-liners on TV. So I thought about all my favorite Ron Swanson food quotes and these are the two gems I picked.
Which turned into these two trays…
So here is how I made them. You don’t need any special tools or cutting machines, you can make these out of things you have on hand. Promise.
First, create your design on the computer and print it out.
Then flip it over and cover all the words with pencil lead. Don’t be stingy.
Then flip it back over and tape the paper to the tray.
Now take a pen and trace the design, pressing hard.
Doing this transfers the lead from the back of the paper to the tray.
After that you can fill in the letters with paint or a sharpie or whatever your heart desires. Simple, right?
I had (what I thought was) a great idea to use my wood burning tool to burn the design into the tray.
But as it turns out, wood burning bamboo doesn’t really work. It took forever and just looked like crappy brown pen, so I called it. I gave up. No super cool wood burned Ron Swanson tray.
Plan two – Grab a paint pen and draw over the words. I worked great, but I just didn’t like it.
(Also, it’s very important to shake paint pens before using them…otherwise if you take a break and come back you will end up with two different colors.)
Plan three – Paint it white and start the whole process over with a different design.
Ahhh, sweet victory.
And there you have it, a simple way to make a personalized tray. I added a couple other items to the tray to round out the gift, and they were a hit!
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