Breakfast in Bed Tray DIY for Mother’s Day

Miranda Anderson

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We have a big breakfast-in-bed culture in our family. Every birthday, every individual holiday, and even sometimes on a random Saturday my kids will bring me a plate full of delicious breakfast in bed. (Over the weekend my four-year-old proudly delivered a slice of white bread, a cup of water, and a whole tomato because, “I know you love potatoes, mom!”)

With Mother’s Day coming up, I thought I’d prepare for the anticipated breakfast-in-bed by improving upon our breakfast tray by adding legs. It’s nice to keep everything contained on a pretty tray, but so much more comfortable and practical to have the tray slightly elevated so I can stretch out my legs beneath the covers without spilling the freshly-squeezed orange juice. This DIY standing breakfast tray is a quick and simple project, and can be whipped up in an hour or less. It would make an awesome gift for your favorite mother or friend, maybe with a yummy bag of blueberry scone mix, and some mini preserves tied on top.

Get the step-by-step below!

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You will need:

-A wooden breakfast tray

-A set of 6-8″ legs (I used hairpin legs)

-Gorilla Glue

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  1. Spritz the bottom of the tray with a little bit of water. This will activate the glue.
  2. Spread a thin layer of glue onto the leg base. Because the tray is so thin, screwing the legs on won’t work, but the glue will bond the metal to the wood tightly.
  3. Align the leg with the corner of the tray.
  4. Repeat for the additional 3 legs.
  5. If you can, clamp the legs onto the tray for a tighter bond. I didn’t and the glue still expanded and bonded amazingly well.
  6. Once the glue has dried, flip your tray over and enjoy!

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Now that you have your tray figured out, you can send your family a reference photo for what you’d like to see on it in the morning: a pretty ceramic bowl of honey and chia seed yogurt, this gorgeous crocheted edge napkin, a set of your favorite wooden handle flatware, the most lovely scalloped jade glass plate with a warm scone and fresh fruit, and a charming pink juice glass.

That would be nice, right?

In reality, I’ll be over the moon with another raw tomato if I get to snuggle under the covers and under my standing breakfast tray with the little ones who made me a momma. Happy Mother’s Day!


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