Need a last minute Valentines gift for yourself or your sweetheart or a best girlfriend? I have the solution! It’s an easy DIY that you can complete tonight and will cost under $30. Great on time and budget!
I was brainstorming something easy to make for Valentines Day, so I looked at the materials leftover from other DIY’s. I had a small piece of wood, and that is where the inspiration started. I thought a bathtub tray would be a perfect fit for our bathroom since the tub is quite wide so it’s hard to have a drink or book with you. This bathtub tray took about 2 hours to make, let’s get started.
SUPPLIES: A piece of wood, handles, stain or paint, a roller or cloth or paint brush.
For the piece of wood if you don’t have a saw to cut it yourself many home stores offer free cutting or even have a hand saw for you to use yourself. Make sure you measure your tub prior to going to the store so you know how long the piece of wood needs to be.
TOOLS: A small saw, pencil and measuring tape (not pictured: drill and screwdriver needed for the handles)
Make sure to measure and double measure for the handles, you want to make sure they are symmetrical.
MEASURE: Take your measuring tape to measure the width of your bathtub. Make sure to include the lip as this is where the tray will sit.
MARK WOOD: Mark the length on your piece of wood or if you are going to the store make a note of the length. I drew a line across to make it easy.
STAIN: I used stain since I had some leftover from our Growler Wall DIY. I ended up using a cloth as it was easier than the roller. Use whatever leftover stain or paint you have on hand. If you don’t have any then purchase a small can as it will not take very much to cover this piece. I did two coats on this piece of wood as it was not very even after the first round.
HANDLES: Add on the handles. I usually work on these DIY’s by myself, so getting a photo of me using the electric drill while holding the camera was impossible. Lol. Here is the after photo of the handle. I first drilled the hole and then added the screws.
I love how the stain turned out. I also added some marks on the piece of wood. I achieved this by using a hammer, screwdriver and any other tool on hand! It was the most fun! I took all my energy on this piece of wood. Haha, anyone want to come over and age wood?
This DIY took a couple hours since I had to wait for the two coats of stain to dry, but it is definitely something you can do in one night! Surprise your partner or a friend or spoil yourself for Valentines Day!
Let’s break down the cost on this DIY (spoiler alert! It’s very frugal)
Piece of wood: Free (it was a scrap from another project), if you need to buy a piece of wood the one I purchased previously that was similar in size was $10.
Handles: $8 for two (the handles come with the screws)
Stain: Free (had this on hand from a previous DIY) to purchase around $12
TOTAL COST: $8
TOTAL COST (if you needed all the supplies): $30
How inviting does this look? For about the same price as a bouquet you could have a similar bathtub tray, and you’ll get to enjoy it long after the day of love!
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