I have been working on some DIYs to create a beach themed tiered-tray, and I am ready to share it with you now. Most of the items on my tray come from Dollar Tree. I just upcycled them, personalizing them to fit into my home and tray. I hope you love it as much as I do!
Things you will need to make your beach themed tiered-tray:
You can get most of the items below at Dollar Tree.
- beach themed cardstock pack- I got mine on sale at Michael’s for $6
- 3.5″ wide piece of wood- You will make each “book” 5″ long. I made three, therefore using 15″ length.
- home wood sign
- whale wood sign
- wood birdhouse
- faux flowers
- blue glass gems
We’ll start with my Dollar Tree sign upcycle. I bought a little 3-D sign (I don’t know what else to call it, lol) that had flowers in the background and a mini sign that said “gather” on it. I removed the sign from the middle and replaced it with cardstock from my beach themed pack. Check out this tutorial to get the step-by-step instructions for making your own.
Next to the sign above you can see my three faux books. They are everywhere on Pinterest, so I tried making my own. I love how they turned out. I used 3.5″ wide wood and cut three 5″ long books. The wood was around $1, then I used more cardstock from the beach pack. Use this tutorial to make your own “books” for your beach themed tiered-tray!
The whale made of wood came blank at Dollar Tree. It seemed perfect for the tray. I painted it using the colors that were in my other items. I painted the whale steel blue, the base gray, and the “water” blowing from the blowhole white. Then I just popped him on the bottom tier.
Behind the whale you can see a white birdhouse. It also came from Dollar Tree, and I’ve been saving it until I found the perfect thing to do with it. I painted it white with a gray base and robin’s egg blue roof. I glued a seashell on the back and sat it facing backward on top of a tiny terracotta pot painted in the same robin’s egg blue.
Finally, I put seashells around the other items. A conch shell sits on top of my books, not glued on, just sitting there. I also made a small “scroll” to place there. I rolled up a piece of white cardstock, penned “beach bum” on the side, then glued two wood beads, one on each end. At some point I want to make a few more scrolls, and try to perfect the process.
Top tier of the beach themed tiered-tray
Up front, I added a white “home” sign. It of course came from the Dollar Tree. The wood it’s made from is a little bit fray-y. That’s the only way to describe it. I sanded it, but it never really got smooth. The same went for the birdhouse and whale above. It’s ok though, you don’t notice it once it’s on the tray.
I had a “K” ornament in gold that I bought before Christmas. It had two decorative hooks in the package, and I hung it from the handle of the tray. That keeps it higher than the home sign, so it’s always visible.
Next is the “Away We Go” sign. I bought a 4×5 canvas from Dollar Tree. They have tons of craft items now! I painted it robin’s egg blue. Using the same pack of cardstock, I cut nautical phrase and anchor out of one page. I used Mod Podge to attach it to the canvas. Behind the sign I have a larger shell that holds it upright.
Finally I added a vase. At the bottom I have a layer of teal sand, then white rocks, followed by blue glass gems. I used the white flowers in Easter egg vases during Easter, so I had to cut the stems to about 1.5″. Since they were that short, I had to use all the layers to hold the flowers in. Then I put a few shells around the other items.
That’s what’s on my tray this summer!
I hope this helps you dress up your tiered-trays for summer! I love the beach theme, and it’s going to go throughout my house this summer. Stick around and check out my other summer DIYs.
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4 thoughts on “Beach Themed Tiered-Tray”
This is so pretty! I am definitely loving the summertime beach vibes! Now if the warm weather would just make its way to me! Thanks for linking.
The warm weather just hit us. It’s usually in the high 80’s by now. It’s been a strange spring around here!