What do you do when you find yourself with leftover wood and cabinet hardware after a laundry room remodel? Why, you make a French-inspired vintage egg tray, of course!
It wasn’t until I began researching how to raise chickens that I realized that farm fresh eggs can stay fresh for up to a month without being refrigerated. Isn’t that fantastic?! That is, until you realize you will be storing said fresh eggs on your kitchen counter for weeks. (Not that they even last that long in this house, we are fresh egg addicts!)
For someone with an aversion to clutter, like me, that makes egg storage a bit tricky. Usually, I keep them in a basket or a bowl on the counter. If it’s on the counter, it’s got to look good!
The other day I was perusing the internet when a French-inspired vintage egg tray caught my eye. “I definitely think I can make something like that!” I thought. Obviously, “I” meant “we” because let’s be honest, I find, think of, and design the projects, but without the hubby’s help, I’d be nowhere in my DIY journey.
I’ll always give credit where credit is due though… I’m a GREAT assistant, forewoman, and project manager. (Hahaha!) Just kidding, thanks for always being willing to help me with my projects, babe -no matter how big (chicken coop) or small!
Now determined to make this project a reality, off to the scrap wood pile I went.
Since finishing the laundry room remodel, we had some pretty nice wood scraps laying around. I also had the hardware from the old cabinets that we took out. I had kept the hardware, “just in case.” Suddenly it hit me. I had everything I needed to make my own egg tray!
This is a fun, easy, and useful DIY. It’s the perfect DIY project for a Stay Home or rainy day.
Here is what you need to make your own egg tray: (We had one 8 foot by 5 1/2 inch board left over from the laundry room remodel that we used.)
- 1- 16 in X 5 1/2 in piece of wood – for the base
- 2- 6 in X 5 1/2 in pieces of wood – for the sides
- 2- 3/4″ square dowel pieces cut in 5 1/2 in lengths (or 4 if you don’t have hardware to use on sides as handles) these will brace the base and can be used as handles in the absence of hardware.
- 1- 1 1/4 in drill bit
- Stain and/or paint
- Handle Hardware (optional)
How to make egg tray:
- Cut and sand your wood pieces to size.
- Once you have your wood pieces cut, measure three inches from the bottom of both six-inch side pieces. The base/shelf that the eggs will rest on will attach to these square dowel pieces. A level is recommended to ensure the shelf is straight. With wood glue or nails, attach the square dowel pieces to the side pieces.
- With the square dowel pieces attached to the sides, it’s time to secure the shelf in between that the eggs will rest on.
- Next, we made a template for the holes that the eggs will rest in. Using a 1 1/4 inch drill bit, we drilled twelve holes through the shelf each spaced one inch apart. You’ll want to sand the holes the best you can because they are a little rough around the edges.
- Now it’s time to stain and/or paint your tray. I stained mine first, let it dry over night, and then painted it off-white the next day. After another day of drying, I gave my holder a rough sand with medium sandpaper to give it a more vintage, chippy look. I also attached leftover hardware from the old laundry room cabinets we took out to the sides of my holder.
Here is my finished product!
If you or someone you know has chickens or you get your farm fresh eggs from a local farmer or farmer’s market, this egg tray is easy to make and a fun little DIY day project. It also make the perfect way to store fresh eggs on your kitchen counter while looking pretty too!