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15+ Lovely Serving Trays To Make: {Crafty DIY}

Here’s a great mix of serving trays to make featuring different techniques and ideas. Some use ready-made trays, others use repurposed items (like picture frames and cupboard doors). With a little paint and creativity, you can make a lovely and functional item for your home quite easily. Enjoy!


Punched Cork [1]: Cork cutouts are protective, practical, and pretty. The material absorbs condensation from wet glasses, preventing glassware from sliding.

Bottle Caps [2]: How lovely! Spray paint bottle caps in a variety of colors and seal in place with acryclic water.



Picture Frame [3]: Fix drawer handle pulls to a double sided glass picture frame tray, insert favorite mementos between the glass.

Memento Lined [4]: This one’s made with an old wood tray covered with glass and lined with a vintage poster and other fun bits.



Birdie [5]: Made with a woodburning tool and a hot iron transfer pattern.

Cupboard Door Tray [6]: Made by painting an old cupboard door and attaching drawer pulls for handles.



Shadow Box [7]: Made with a shadow box, purse handles, faux leather, scrapbook paper and chipboard alphabets.

Tufted [8]: Fabric padded & tufted wood tray project.



Damask [9]: Old wooden tray spray painted black and covered with a damask print wrapping paper and sealed with a matte finish.

DIY Chalkboard Tray [10]: Cover an old tray with chalkboard paint and you can serve guest with a personalized welcome message each time they visit.



Autumn [11]: This fall-foliage-theme tray is perfect for serving coffee, cider, or breakfast in bed.

Mosaic [12]: For a simple, colorful accent to your kitchen, try creating a mosaic tray.



Modge Podge & Paper [13]: Spray paint a beat up old tray and apply a design with scrapbook paper, seal and coat with Modge Podge.

Decorative Striped [14]: A standard baker’s tray becomes a vibrant decorative piece with this easy how-to.



Wooden [15]: A simple project using scrap wood, stain, paint and jute or twine for the handles.

Mini Mosaic Tray [16]: Made with a shallow display box or tray, mosaic tiles, grout and tacky glue.



Sea Glass Mosaic [17]: An old tray is sanded, painted white then covered with a layer of sea glass pieces and grout.