How to Add Rope Handles to a Tray
Using a drill fitted with a 1/4-inch bit, drill two holes 3 1/2 inches apart on one side of a tray, so the handle you are making will be centered. Repeat on the opposite side of the tray.
Spray-paint the entire tray, and let dry.
Wrap the ends of an 18-inch-long piece of manila rope with electrical tape, and thread them through the holes. Knot the ends on the inside of the tray. Using scissors, trim the excess rope, including the part covered with tape. Repeat on the other side of the tray.