How to Build a Stenciled Tulip Tray with Paint Sticks

I just love tulip trays, they are Springtime gorgeous!

How to Build a Stenciled Tulip Tray with Paint Sticks

Recently I found a pile of wood scraps on the side of the road. I often find trim scraps sticking out of garbage cans and I can't help myself... I pull over every time!


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How to Build a Stenciled Tulip Tray with Paint Sticks

There were some great pieces in this pile, 1"x1" pressure treated pieces as well as a whole pile of extra large paint sticks. 

I try not to buy wood at the lumber store. Homeroad is all about repurposing so found wood is what I love to use. 

How to Build a Stenciled Tulip Tray with Paint Sticks

And so this project began... I cut the 1"x1" pieces as my corners then attached thin flat pieces as the sides of the crate. 

How to Build a Stenciled Tulip Tray with Paint Sticks

The bottom was easy, I just cut several extra large paint sticks to size and using wood glue and my awesome Ryobi nail gun, attached the sticks to the bottom of the crate. By the way that glue bottle in the photo above is awesome! It keeps the glue from drying out and clogging.

Paint sticks from Home Depot to build a tulip tray

This is a super easy build and free with found wood. 

How to Build a Stenciled Tulip Tray with Paint Sticks

The tulip crate can be stained with added chicken wire like this French Vegetable Crate I made years ago. 

Or like this one that I'm painting with white milk paint. I'm trying Folk Art Milk Paint, it comes in a whole bunch of colors and it works great. 

How to Build a Stenciled Tulip Tray with Paint Sticks

I added an Old Sign Stencil grain sack stencil to the sides of the crate all the way around using a dark green chalky paint. Stay tuned for Old Sign Stencil's new line of grain sack stencils!

How to Build a Stenciled Tulip Tray with Paint Sticks

How to Build a Stenciled Tulip Tray with Paint Sticks

How to Build a Stenciled Tulip Tray with Paint Sticks

This beauty reminds me of Spring as I'm writing this post while a Blizzard is hitting our area. I guess I will be sticking with the faux tulips for a while!

Check out the video at the bottom of this post.

How to Build a Stenciled Tulip Tray with Paint Sticks

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  1. This is an awesome project, thinking it would be great for harvesting in the garden. Excellent tutorial too!

    Carole @ Garden Up Green

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    1. Thank you Carole using in the garden would be a great idea. I was thinking decorative since I'm secretly not a gardner (shhh).

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  2. I've never heard of a Tulip tray. Can you expand on that?

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    1. Rush I can not. I'm sorry but I am truly not a gardner, just a crafter and diyer so I make them as I see them, I don't garden LOL

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  3. I have tons of paint sticks! What an awesome idea and tulips 🌷 have always been my favorite flower as well! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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    1. These are the large paint sticks Candylea, they are thicker and more sturdy than the regular ones. I think you could just go grab a bunch from Home Depot... but you didn't hear that from me! LOL

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  4. PAINT STICKS! Not only is this project gorgeous, that is just too clever. And your colour choices totally scream spring. I'm smitten and you helped inspire my own tulip crate flower bed I'll have you know!

    I've featured you this weekend on DIY Salvaged Junk 367. Thanks for linking up!

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  5. Hi Susan,, visiting from our friend Mary The Boondocks Blog and had to come take a closer peek at your tray. Paint sticks eh, gotta love that! Your tray would look amazing on my deck and I love the rustic grain sack stripes too. Pinned :)

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