How To Make a Tiered Vintage Tray

     I have a confession…I seem to have acquired ADD as an adult ( or maybe I just now am willing to admit it!! ) !! I just LOVE all the ideas all over the blog world and it makes my head spin at times. I WANT TO MAKE THEM ALL!! But, alas, I am only one woman with a family… steps!


     My children are at an age where they are independent enough to entertain themselves so that I can try to get in some  crafting and sewing. {I also informed them that my name is not “Julie” and I am not their “Cruise Director” and this is not “The Love Boat” to which they stared and me and said..”What?”} Anyway, I finally finished a tiered tray centerpiece…

Tiered Vintage Tray


I have seen so many of these all over blogland lately! I do not have a complete tutorial, but basically here is what I did…


I started with two wooden and metal trays. I found these in the clearance aisle of my Hobby Lobby, gotta love that!


Next I gathered my favorite… Gorilla Glue Epoxy. I also collected a candlestick and two round, wooden bases. For the top, I used a finial and small wooden candlestick. All of these were purchased at my local craft stores. I chose a Krylon, satin finish, avocado colored spray paint. I painted each individual piece and allowed them to dry. Finally, I glued it all together with the epoxy, and allowed it at least 24 hours to dry.
Here is my own “twist” on the project….
Yes, I made mine as two pieces so that it can be used as a large two tiered piece, a serving tray, or a cute raised tray!!
I love the way it turned out and that it totally matches my kitchen….
There are so many possibilities for this from purely decorative to organizational to serving dishes…ah…the beauty of multi-tasking!
 What would you use it for?


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  1. Oh that is wonderfully clever! I love the green and the fact that yo can use as two tiers or one is genius! Great job and great HL score!

  2. What a creative idea. I love the color that you chose. I think using it next to the sink is a fantastic idea. Making it two pieces makes it so versatile. I’d use it in my bedroom for more jewelry storage. :) Megan

  3. The green is so wonderful! Such a happy color! You gals rock at making such awesome stands. I really need to do this! I bought some candlestick holders from the a local thrift store this weekend! Maybe that will be my start. :)

  4. Great project! Very useful and easy!
    Blessings, Lorraine

  5. I have a feeling you will use that miss a million different ways! You know, the kind of piece that whenever you are looking for a way to display something, it pops into your head first? It looks great! ~ Maureen

  6. Love this! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  7. That’s a fun tray. I never would have thought to make my own two tier tray like that.

    I’m visiting from the Delectable Home. I hope that you can stop by my blog as well. :)

    Thanks for sharing,

  8. How gorgeous! I’ve seen this done with plates and candlesticks but not with trays, how neat. I know exactly what you mean about wanting to make everything! Sometimes I get totally paralyzed by the sheer volume of ideas out there! Love yours.


  9. Bonnie I love this and wow would use it for so many things especially when entertaining!

    I am featuring Anita Rivera, Designer and Paper Artist with Castles Crowns & Cottages, & her Giveaway on my site!

    Art by Karena

  10. Blogland makes my head spin too but I definitely must make this tray. It is on thje top of my list. Nice job!

  11. I love this idea, and the color choice!

    PS: I look forward to seeing you this week at Show Me What You Got Tuesday’s @ ODH via:

    Mrs. Delightful

  12. This is just fabulous!! I love the trays themselves — so much beauty there but combined . . . a whole other thing!

  13. This is perfect! I have been looking for a tiered serving dish for sometime. But why didn’t I just think to make my own?

    Thanks for this!

    Dianna Davis

  14. I laughed at your Love Boat reference…it does date us doesn’t it? It is also brave of you to confess ADD. I, too, have the same malady…I have a to-do list as long as my arm, of projects I’ve seen and want to make myself. Which brings me to your tiered-trays, I think you’re onto something making it interchangeable from one to two pieces. You can do everything from tiered cupcake display to serving sandwiches! Smart cookie!

  15. What a clever idea. I love it! Love the green too. :)

  16. Very pretty.

  17. Great project! I would use it for my make up and have jewellery dangling down. I do like it for the kitchen though – anything to make the washing up a bit more interesting!! :)

  18. I love this idea! I’m going to pin it to my craft board. And I loved watching the Love Boat back in the day!

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  19. Yall’s stuff is always amazing! I love these in bloggy land too. I need to make one but waiting till I find the right one :) Thanks for sharing at Toot Your Horn Tuesday :)

  20. I love this! It is so cute. I have made other cake/cupcake stands but this is so cute! I will definitely have to try it. Thanks for sharing your projects over at The Winthrop Chronicles.

  21. Hi,

    I followed you over from Live Laugh Rowe Link Party. I love this idea. I am always looking for height when serving snacks at a party. This is perfect.

    I would love to invite you to share this, and any other posts you would like to, at my Creative Thursday Link Party at

    Have a great day,

  22. OMG I love this. I can think of a million places to use this and I too like the idea of the two pieces. I’m def. going to try this out. I’m your newest follower, I hope you will follow me back at

  23. Great re-purposing idea.. Love the color too.. :) Thanks for linking up at friday fun party..

  24. how cute are these? And in that great green color again! I sense a theme…Janel’s kitchen’s colors. :0

  25. love it

  26. That is oh, so cute!!! Great job. I found goodies at Hobby Lobby today, too. Wish I’d read this post before going…..hummmmm. I need to go to Hobby Lobby again.

  27. I love your trays! The little “fencing” around the edge makes them so cute! Great Job!

  28. you did a great job on these trays. i love them! (great color too) :)


  29. That’s such a cool idea! Great job and I love the color!

  30. I LOVE this!!! So cute! You can do so many things with something like this! I need to make me one! Thanks for sharing this with us at Thursday’s Temptation.

  31. What a great idea to make them two! I didn’t even know there was a Gorilla Glue Epoxy!

    It turned out beautiful!


  32. Oooh, I want to serve some pastries on that. Love it! Thanks for linking up.

  33. I love this! And it can be used in so many different ways!

  34. I love it!

  35. I love that! I need to make one of those to house fruit in on top of my counter!

  36. Oh-so clever! I want one! This is very similar to a PB tiered tray I’ve had my eye on lately. You should add some “pottery barn knock-off” to your title and increase you’re google-ability (teehee!).

  37. LOL about the newly acquired ADD because of all of the great ideas in blogland! I totally relate! :-) I think this was definitely a great one to try your hand at though and it looks just lovely. Thanks so much for sharing it at Inspiration Friday this week!

  38. I love the tiered tray. It came out great. I have to keep your line about not being a cruise director for future use when Riley is old enough to understand. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays.

  39. This is so gorgeous! I want to make them all too ;) Another one to add to the list!

  40. Love! Love! Love! Pinning and featuring today! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  41. Saw your fabulous tray at “Mom On Time Out” and wanted to thank you for sharing your project! I just bought that same paint last month and now all I need to do is gather the rest of the materials and I can have one of my own! Thanks!

  42. That is so pretty!! I love the color you chose too. Gosh, I think you’re contributing to my own ADD… ;)

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  44. I featured your project in my Unveil Your Genius Link Party! Thanks for linking up! I hope you’ll link up again soon! New link party starts every Thursday!

  45. That is such a fun idea! LOVE it!! :)
    Thank you so much for sharing it last week!
    You will be featured @ this week’s {nifty thrifty sunday}!
    Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

  46. This is really nice…and I could use this in my bathroom. Where did the spools come from? And I am going to head over to my craft store this week, to look for the trays. Hope I can find them like you did.

  47. Love it. I’ve been looking for a 2 tiered piece to display fruit on my bar. Everything I found was too large. A narrow tray would be just right. Thanks for the idea.

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