I am so excited to share the DIY's from the Spring Collab I did with Angelina a couple of weeks ago! I had so much fun with these DIY's and the best part is both are extremely DIY beginner friendly for a sophisticated finished product.
By the way this is my first time doing a DIY post so if you don't quite understand how I did something or have any questions, please feel free to comment below for more clarification. Ok let's get started!!!!
First, head to your local Lowes and get them to cut the single sheet into three 8" sheets. I made the mistake of going to Home Depot first and finding out that they did not cut plexiglass. Thankfully in between the, "oh shoot what am I going to do now" panic, I went to Lowes and found out that they have a glass cutting booth right next to the plexiglass and cut it at no extra charge. Don't worry if the plexiglass looks scuffed or marked up when you buy it, the plastic that is covering it really does protect it. Hint: Make sure that you do not remove the plastic until you are completely done with all of the steps - that plastic not only protects it before it gets to you but will also help you protect it while working on the tray ***
The next step is to measure and mark with sharpie where you want the handles to go. I set mine in an inch on each end and centered them. As my father always says, "measure twice, cut once" and man is that true with this one. Once you've marked where you are going to set the handles take your power drill with the 9/64 drill bit, and on a low speed, start to apply pressure to where you want the first hole to go. Hint: If you want to protect the surface you are drilling on, put small block of wood underneath the spot of the plexiglass where you are drilling in case you go to far thru the plexiglass.
Once you have gone all the way thru the plexiglass, attach the one side of the handle in with the screw. Once you've lined it up, make sure that the second hole where you were going to drill is actually where it should be in order to attach the screw into the other side of the handle. Chances are the drill moved a bit and the mark is not a bit off and needs to be readjusted for the next hole. Once you have marked now where the other hole should go you can repeat the last step to attach the other side of the handle. Hint: Because the plexiglass is thinner than a cabinet that you would normally use the handles for, the screws that come with the handles will probably be too long. You can solve this problem by buying smaller screws or cutting them down with bolt cutters. If you do cut them down, make sure to screw them thru a small nut before cutting them and then unscrew back thru the nut in order to keep constancy with the thread.
Once you've got the handle attached to the one side of the tray, simply repeat for the other side. Again, make sure that you double check the second hole after drilling the first one.
If you decided to keep the handle screwed in after measuring for the second hole, I would now remove the handles in order to sand the edges with 3M fine sandpaper (150 grit). At first I didn't think I was going to need to sand down the edges, but while we were setting up for the collab I managed to cut my thumb pretty well on the edge of the plexiglass. In fact, even the edge that had not been cut down was extremely sharp, so I would suggest lightly sanding down all the edges and corers in order to have a nice smooth, cut-free edge. Again remember not to remove the plastic before sanding or you will end up with a bunch of little scratches on the edge of plexiglass (speaking from experience here!).
Once you have finished drilling all of your holes and sanding, now it is time to take off that plastic! YAY! Once you have all of the plastic off of the plexiglass, especially around the holes you just drilled, you can finally install the handles. You can use a drill or a screw driver since they only need to be hand tight.
I then decided to attach small felt pads with gorilla glue to the bottom where the screws were. You don't have to do this, but I found that when the tray was moved across my wood table it left marks because of the screws ends.
And now... voila! You have a beautiful, modern, sleek serving tray!
Gold Napkin rings
Depending on how intricate you want your napkin ring to be cut between 1 1/2 -2 feet of wire off.
You can of course eye ball how big you want your napkin ring to be but I would suggest either using a napkin ring you already have or getting a roll of washie tape to wrap your wire around. The 16 gauge isn't too bad for thickness but the wire still has a mind of it's own. So if you have something to wrap the wire around, it's helpful to keep it to the size and in the order that you want.
I ended up wrapping the wire around the washie tape about six times before starting to wrap it around its self to finish the bottom. Hint: It is easiest to get it tight around itself by using wire pliers to pull it up and around each time. You can also do this by hand but you won't get as tight of a finished product.
After wrapping it around as many times as needed to get a nice tight inch to inch and a half wrapped around you can trim the extra wire and tuck the end under your last loop.
And you're done! You now have beautiful simple gold napkin rings that will literally go with any napkin and add a bit of bling to your table setting.