Last week I shared with you a curated gift guide for Mother’s Day filled with some amazing gift ideas. While this year I bought my mom some goodies, you may want to go the DIY route. Awesome, go you! But what do you make her? Good question.
I’m sure any mom would love to receive breakfast in bed, but how will you serve it? This rose quartz geode serving tray, of course! I saw a geode serving tray online that was absolutely beautiful, but it was about $400! That’s money that I absolutely don’t have, and I knew I could DIY my own.
- piece of wood, 12″ x 18″
- white acrylic paint
- door / cabinet handles
- painter’s tape
- drill & drill bits
- pink pipe cleaners
- borax laundry booster, 1/2 cup
- boiling water, 4 cups
- paper straw / pencil
- gold acrylic paint / gold leaf enamel
- hot glue gun & glue sticks
- paint brushes
- heat safe glass container
1. I had a piece of wood left over from a previous project that was perfect “tray size”, but you could always get a piece of wood at your home improvement store cut down to 12″ x 18″. Give it a good sanding and cleaning.
2. Give it a couple coats of white paint, sanding in between each coat for an even finish. Let dry.
3. While the paint it drying, it’s time to make the rose quartz geodes! Take 2 of your pink pipe cleaners and wrap them to create a long and skinny shape. Make sure they loop together at some points, kind of like a link chain.
4. In your heat safe container, combine borax and boiling water. Stir until borax is completely dissolved. Loop some string through an opening of the pipe cleaner shape and tie to a straw or a pencil. Lower the pipe cleaner into the borax mixture, resting the paper straw on the rim of the glass container. Set aside for 5 – 6 hours. (BTW, I took this picture towards the end of the 6 hours. That’s why there are “crystals” on the pipe cleaner and container.)
5. Once your paint is dry, apply a strip of painter’s tape down one edge of your tray. Find the center, and mark outwards where the holes of the screws for the handles will be. Mine were 3″ wide, so that’s 1 1/2″ out on each side. Drill through, using a bit that’s the correct size for your screws. Use the tape on the other side to ensure that your handles are in the same spots.
6. Attach your handles, screwing them in tightly.
7. Once the 6 hours have passed remove the geodes from the borax mixture, laying on a paper towel to dry. Once completely dry, paint the edges with either gold acrylic paint or gold leaf enamel. I had acrylic on hand, so that’s what I used and it worked just fine. I applied 2 coats so that the gold color really showed through.
8. Attach the rose quartz geodes with hot glue to the handles. Let dry.
9. Serve up a delicious breakfast of avocado toast (or eggs and bacon), a big cup of coffee (or tea), and give it to your mom!
While this rose quartz geode serving tray is a perfect Mother’s Day gift, it could also be a gift for your girlfriends, aunts, sisters, anyone really! And you could always customize it for who you’re giving it to by changing out the colors of the pipe cleaners (amethyst, blue agate, aventurine, etc.).
Are you going the DIY route for Mother’s Day? What are you making? Let me know down below!