DIY Breakfast in Bed Serving Tray

With Valentine’s Day on the brain and love in the air what better time than now to serve breakfast in bed or appetizers and drinks for a Galantine’s party. If you have $15 (or less if you have supplies on hand!) and 15-20 minutes you can make this simplistic and sweet serving tray. 

What you need:

  • 10” x 24” precut shelf board or wood cut similar size
  • Two 4-7/8” Black Light Duty Door Pull or pull of your choice
  • Drill or Screwdriver
  • Painters Tape (optional)
  • Chalkboard paint (optional)
  • Chalk or chalk marker (optional) 

This is seriously so simple, save time by using a pre-painted or stained board from your local hardware store. The most time consuming part is waiting for the paint to dry, which is just enough time to start a load of laundry and catch an episode on Netflix if you’re a multitasker like me.

The first step, once you have your supplies ready to go, is to decide where you want to put the handles. Admittedly, I couldn’t find the trusty tape measure so I eyeballed the placement of the handles. Not half bad really. 

The door pulls each come with two 5/8” screws. You could opt to get different screws, particularly if the board you choose is less than .5” thick. I used the screws included; they almost came through the other side of the board though, ouch.

Using a drill or screwdriver attach the handles on either side of the board, centered to the width of the board for balance.


After you have the handles attached you can take it step further and add a decorative touch or keep it very minimalist. I wanted my serving tray to have a chalkboard strip in order to write greetings or menu labels. Plus everything is more fun with chalkboard paint!

Run a straight line of painters tape down the length of the board, I used the edges of the handles as my guide. Of course, you could measure and mark with a ruler or tape if you have one handy. You could also get creative and make a pattern as well. Don't forget to tape the edge of the board too! I almost did. 

Once the tape is in place, grab a brush and fill in the area. 

You’ll likely need more than one coat. I applied 3, letting the paint dry in between.

Once the paint is dry remove the tape, write a message and add a colorful plate for breakfast in bed, a tray of appetizers or whatever you’d like to serve! It’s that easy. 

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Brianna Mullins

Brianna Mullins

Brianna Mullins is the Digital Marketing Manager at iMS after starting out as a print based marketing intern in January 2012. She now oversees the digital marketing strategy, including display, paid search, social media ads and messages, email marketing, website graphics and content, all with the brand’s voice and business goals in mind. Before joining the iMS team, she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Graphic Design from Marshall University. {Go Herd!} Stemming from a small rural town east of Charleston, WV; Brianna enjoys all things creative, when not working you can catch her spending time in her garden, paddling a kayak, hammock camping along the mountains of WV or craftily concocting a veggie meal with a cat most likely nearby.