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How To Make A DIY Bathtub Tray

Learn how to make a DIY bathtub tray to hold your book, phone and candle. This easy wooden tub tray with cabinet pulls as handles makes a great handmade gift idea for her!

There’s not many more better things in life than a nice, long, relaxing bath. Bubbles filled to the brim, candles flickering, music playing in the background, magazine just waiting to flipped through. I feel more relaxed just thinking about it. Don’t you?

Not only are baths relaxing, but they are good for your health! In fact, a daily bath has been proven to improve your mood and optimism, help muscle pain and even help you sleep better. Sign me up please!

Today’s project is a super easy DIY bathtub tray. This is the perfect handmade gift for anyone on your holiday shopping list that loves baths. This bath tray goes perfect in this relaxation gift basket (with free printable tags!) for a fun and unique Christmas gift.

Related – Other DIY Christmas Gifts You Can Make:

This DIY bathtub tray post contains affiliate links, but nothing that I wouldn’t wholeheartedly recommend anyway! Read my full disclosure here.

Supplies for DIY bathtub tray:

Step 1: Measure your bath tub.

First, you want to measure the width of your bathtub. If your tub curves, you probably want to measure the widest part.

Unlike this DIY tray we made with leftover tile and wood that we had to cut and assemble ourselves, this bathtub shelf uses a premade wooden sign that you can find at the craft store!

This premade wooden sign works perfectly for a standard size tub like mine (approx. 39 inches). I love that it’s already assembled and everything so you can save a little time on this DIY bathtub tray.

If your bath is a different size, no worries. You can grab some wood, cut it to the right size and attach some cross boards on the back to keep the boards together. The rest of the steps for this tub tray will be the same.

Sanding wood sign turned into a bath tub tray

Step 2: Lightly sand wood sign.

The front side of the sign comes mostly smooth, but I did a light sanding on it to smooth out any imperfections. I also sanded the edges so they were a little more rounded and not as sharp.

See how this rustic wooden pallet sign gets transformed into a bath tub shelf!

Step 3: Stain wood sign.

Next, stain your sign with a dark wood stain. I love this dark walnut stain, which I used.

Silhouette Cameo to make stencils

Step 4. Cut stencil.

Now it’s time to make your stencil with the Silhouette Cameo. I chose to paint the word “relax”, which I think is perfect for this wooden bath shelf.

Make your own

Step 5. Apply stencil.

I’m going to let you guys in on a little secret. I’ve found a way to seal my stencils before painting so they don’t bleed, be sure to hop on over to that post to get the full details on this little hack. You’ll do this magic little step before painting over the stencil.

I also used this little sign making hack on this DIY bottle opener, this fun shiplap sign, this believe Christmas decor, this DIY farm sign, this leather sign and farmhouse centerpiece!

Painting wood bath tub tray that fits in with rustic bathroom with a relax stencil and foam brush

Step 6. Paint stencil.

After you’ve sealed the stencil, you can paint! I always use acrylic craft paint for stenciling because it works great and it’s so inexpensive to buy.

Using a foam paint brush, gently “pounce” directly down onto the stencil with the brush (rather than using brush strokes). This is one additional way you can prevent stencil bleeding.

Let it dry to touch and then remove the stencil.

Step 7. Seal tray.

Since the DIY bathtub tray is going to be around moisture, you definitely want to seal it. I always seal my wood DIY projects anyway (even if they aren’t going to be in the bathroom).

One of my favorite ways to seal wood projects is this spray sealant. It’s really simple to use. You just spray it on like spray paint and wait for it to dry.

Attach cabinet pulls as handles to a wood sign to make a bath tray

Step 8. Attach handles.

Here’s the thing…when I was shopping for the handles to go on each side of the rustic bathtub tray, I didn’t have the wooden tray with me.

When I got home I realized that the handles line up almost directly above the slats in the wood. I was worried that the wood may split up open on the edge or something, so we decided to add a small piece of 1/4” plywood to the underside of the bath tray under the handles as shown in the photos above.

If you’re making this bath tray and using this same wooden sign as your base, try to grab some handles that are a little wider so you don’t run into this issue. If you do have this same issue, it was a pretty easy fix, so no worries.

Drilling holes to add handles on this Modern Farmhouse Bath Tub Tray
Adding spacers to the back of the rustic bath tray for handles

Measure where you want the handles, drill pilot holes and attach your handles to the tray.

Close up shot of handles on bath tray

Step 9. Take a nice, relaxing bath.

And that’s it! Now you can fill that bath tub up, light a couple of candles and hop in for a nice bath! Now you have a snazzy table to hold your book, cell phone, glass…you name it. Relaxation is just around the corner.

If you’re looking to take the bath tray one step further, this bath table even has a holder for your wine glass stem!

Dark wood bath tray with modern farmhouse style sitting in bathtub with greenery, candle, towel and book
Bath tub tray with handles and relax painted on it

This DIY bathtub tray was so easy to create, don’t you think? Anyone can do it! Not only it is functional and makes your bath time more convenient, but it’s so cute.

Top view of a Rustic DIY bath tub tray with handles and relax painted on it sitting in a tub with candle, book, towel and greenery

Who doesn’t love baths? This wooden tub tray makes a great handmade Christmas gift. Check out how to create a super cute relaxation gift basket to pair with this tray for a memorable gift!

DIY bathtub tray on display in a boho farmhouse bathroom setting with loofah scrubber, black and white towel, candle and plant sitting on the tub shelf with a white bathtub featuring white subway tile and black and white patterned shower niche in the background

We even took the rustic tub tray along with us to our new house and here it is in our boho farmhouse bathroom!

What word would you paint on your DIY bathtub tray?

Let me know in the comments below!!

How To Make A DIY Bathtub Tray

How To Make A DIY Bathtub Tray

Yield: 1
Active Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $25

Learn how to make a wooden bath tray to hold your book, phone and candle. This DIY bath tub tray with cabinet pulls as handles makes a great handmade Christmas gift idea for her!




  1. Measure your bath tub.
  2. Lightly stand wood sign.
  3. Stain wood sign.
  4. Cut stencil.
  5. Apply stencil.
  6. Paint stencil.
  7. Seal tray.
  8. Attach handles.

2 thoughts on “How To Make A DIY Bathtub Tray

  1. Oh my gosh, this is oh-so-cute, and it looks so easy to make! I could seriously spend every night relaxing in a bubble bath LOL. And what a cute idea to stencil on it. (Yet another reason I NEEEEEED a cutting machine!) Pinning this to my woodworking board to share with others!!

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