Serving up some DIY Tray Tutorials

Chalkboard Serving Tray DIY from Shanty2Chic

Halloween is over... Let the real parties begin!

I was poking around for some Serving Tray Tutorials today (there are way more than I ever expected) and found these beauties.

DIY Tiered Tray from The Girl Creative

For detailed instructions click the captions to visit the creative folks behind these tutorials. Some of the DIYs are easier than others. I tried to cover a mix of skill levels.

DIY Wine Barrel Inspired Tray or Table via lilblueboo.com #wedding #gift #crafts #diy
Make A Wine Barrel Inspired Tray from Lil BlueBoo

The wine barrel inspired tray uses a silhouette to cut lettered stencils. If you don't have a die-cut machine you could just use a regular stencil, paint your text free hand or try one of the 12 easy image transfer techniques shared by The Graphics Fairy. She also has lots of free printable images on the site as well.

On the easier side, I love the idea of jazzing up existing cutting boards with leather strips. You could even play with text and images on these too for more pizzaz.

Cuttingboard Hacks from PoppyTalk

And here is a super easy DIY that you may have seen around Pinterest and Facebook last December. Simply melt mints in the oven, let cool and you have a hard sweet serving dish that you can leave behind after delivering your best baked goods. I linked to Dukes & Duchesses "recipe" as she made the excellent suggestion of baking in a rimmed baking dish to keep the edges from flowing away and give your candy plate a more consistent thickness. 

Do you have a favorite serving tray / platter? Maybe your grandmother only pulled it out on holidays or was painted by your preschooler?  Please share. I'd love to hear your stories or suggestions


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    1. Me too, Nichole! It would look great on some of the cute DIY runners I saw on pinterest. And could display a row of cute candles when not in use. My husband is looking forward to making (or eating) the candy tray this Xmas

  2. I wish I wasn't always so busy with my own work to take on a little DIY like this. I have been weeks trying to repaint some tables with chalk paint.I especially like the colorful tiered tray.

    1. Ooh, Karen, please share pics of your tables when done. I've been loving the chalk paint furniture that is all over Pinterest right now & have a boring computer armoire that I am tempted to paint (but a bit too chicken to try)

  3. These are really neat ideas! I think I will try making the chalkboard serving tray and the tiered tray - they would make great gifts.

    Any excuse for a trip to Home Depot!

    1. When you do, please share! Would love to see how they turn out.