Today, I’m so excited to share my latest project with you – one that I was so excited about that I even took a break from renovationg my kitchen to share this very post with you.
A few weeks ago, I received this gorgeous bamboo tray from Wayfair, and was asked to DIY it up however we wanted. I loved the tray so much that I wasn’t sure I wanted to totally deface it (I have commitment issues!) but I wanted to give it a little pizzazz. That’s when the idea of creating a backgammon tray came to me.
Backgammon is such an old game, and my daughter had never even heard of it until I made this tray, but I loved it as a teenager. I took the basic setup of the game (24 spiked triangles, in four groups of six) and gave them a geometric twist in colors that matched our living room.
The first thing I did was paint 30 mini wood slices (leftover from this mini wood slice wreath from last year), 15 in an olive green and 15 in a navy blue. While they were drying, I started to work with the vinyl design.
I cut six triangles (measuring 1.25 inch on the base and 6 inches tall) out four colors of vinyl. I used my cricut, but if you dont have one, you could easily measure out the triangles. I also sliced them, which you can see if you look closely, so I could break the triangles apart in groups.
I’m not going to lie, switching the vinyl colors to create the geometric blocks worried me a little. However, it was really easy. Since I had sliced all four colors the same way, I just took out the middle chunk of the first green triangle, and swapped it with the middle chunk of the first white triangle. They lined up easy and it was easy to work with.
Once your colors are swapped (I swapped green with white and navy with a paler shade of blue), adhere the transfer paper to the vinyl. This will help you get the triangles onto the tray in one piece. After sticking on the transfer paper, cut out each triangle. You don’t have to cut close to the sides of the vinyl, except on the bottom. You don’t want extra vinyl on the bottom because you want your triangle to line up with the base of the tray.
Once cut apart, start sticking the triangles on your tray. I used a 1″ block of masking tape in the corners to mark the space I wanted to leave between the triangles and the edges of the tray. Then, I applied a triangle to each corner, working my way in to the center.
And that’s really all there was to it. I love the end result even more than I thought I would – and believe me, I spent a lot of time thinking about it! When the games not being played, I plan to store the little pieces in a small canvas bag that can sit in the tray, and it can still be used as a coffee table tray. The graphic design is a perfect way to add a pop of modern, and the game is just an added bonus – it’s pulling a double duty!
How would you have personalized this adorable bamboo tray? I would love to hear some more ideas!