Easy DIY Tray

Trays and tiered-trays of all heights are very in right now. When you’re setting up vignettes, whether they’re for a specific season or for your every day home decor, you want height variations in it. If everything is at one level, it’s boring and not eye-catching. Trays are the perfect solution for adding height, but they can be so expensive. Today I’m going to show you how to make a super easy DIY tray. Pottery Barn sells a similar one for $69, and you can make this one for $3 plus the price of paint!

Thanksgiving scroll wall hanging over fall vignette with the easy DIY tray in front with a white gratitude pumpkin on top.

On my tray is this DIY gratitude pumpkin that you can make to add a wonderful new tradition to your family’s Thanksgiving. Each year you can make a new pumpkin or add to the same one, and everyone in your family writes what they are thankful for that year. I add the year to the backside of every pumpkin. You can see the tutorial for the navy braided pumpkins here. Finally, don’t you love the Thanksgiving scroll?! You can make it for any season or for your every day home decor. It’s so easy!

It’s time for our monthly DIY Blog Hop! This month’s theme is an easy DIY project. If you’ve been here for the past few hops, you’ll know that the ladies in our tour are very talented. Make sure you stick around to the end of this post and go over and check out the projects shared this month. You won’t be disappointed! If you missed last month’s before and after DIY Blog Hop you can check it out here.

To make this easy DIY tray you need:

  • charger
  • 2 candle holders
  • copper spray paint or acrylic paint (or color of your choice)
  • E6000 or other craft glue
  • hot glue gun

I got all of the supplies from Dollar Tree.

Supplies for the easy DIY tray: silver charger, two candle holders, and hot glue gun and glue.
Ignore the pumpkin lol. I used the silver chargers from Dollar Tree for this project, but this one was painted for my Easter table.

Spray Paint the Charger & Candle Holders

I used copper metallic paint for my tray. It’s Krylon Foil Metallic in copper, and I believe I got it from Michael’s. You can use acrylic paint as well, just make sure that it’s for all surfaces. You may need to put a clear coat over it to protect it from chipping if you do. I didn’t get a picture painting the charger, but I painted it at the same time that I painted the base from this pumpkin topiary so I’m sharing that picture with you so you can see the paint I used.

Give each item two coats of the spray paint. When they are dry, flip the charger over and give it a light coat. You won’t see much of it, other than the edges, but if you’re using it on top of something that’s tall, you may catch a glimpse of the bottom. This way it looks nice and finished. If you have enough paint, you can give it two coats. I didn’t want to waste because I had a lot of other things to paint, so I just went with one coat. I didn’t paint the bottom at first, so I had to go back and add the paint after my tray was finished. It’s much easier to just do it in the beginning.

Glue the Pieces Together

Once the paint is fully dry, you can put your easy DIY tray together. I let my paint dry overnight. I would suggest you do that if you have time. If you don’t, use a blow dryer to make sure it’s dry enough to not leave fingerprints on the charger. I made that mistake once. I was so…. let’s say unhappy.

Put a layer of E6000 or other craft glue around the rim of the top of one of your candleholders. I am out of E6000, so I used some Dollar Tree craft glue. That’s literally what it’s labeled as. It’s not great, but it’ll do for now.

Adding craft glue to the rim of one of the copper painted candleholders to glue it to the top candleholder to form the base of the easy DIY tray.
You can see my thumbprints in the charger. I had to paint over it when I painted the bottom of it.

To hold the two candleholders together while the craft glue dries, add a layer of hot glue on the bottom of the second candleholder. Make sure you’re adding the glue where the two will touch. For these particular candleholders, they have a rim around the edge to add the glue on.

Place the two candleholders on top of each other and press them firmly together. Then sit them down to let the E6000 dry. You can put a book or something a little heavy on top of them while they’re drying.

Holding the base of the easy DIY tray (the two candleholders) together while the glue dries.

When that’s dry it’s time to glue the charger on top. Put the craft glue on the rim of the top candleholder, then add hot glue on top of that just like you did above.

Putting hot glue on the new base of the easy DIY tray to glue the charger on the candleholders.

Center the charger on the candleholders and press it on. Place something with weight to it in the middle of the charger to help hold it together while the E6000 dries.

That’s all folks! Your easy DIY tray is finished!

Can you believe how incredibly easy that is? It’s beautiful and you save so much money by making it yourself. This tutorial is especially great if you want a specific color tray for a special event like a birthday or Christmas. I bought a blush pink tray/cake stand for my daughter’s 16th birthday (I was really young when I had her people, ha!), and I paid $39.99 for it at Michael’s. I would normally never pay that, but it was her birthday and she really liked it. If I had thought about it then, I would’ve made this and painted it pink! In this picture you can see my tray without the small glass pumpkin blocking the base.

Finished easy DIY tray with a white "gratitude" pumpkin on top sitting in a fall vignette.

Here are a few more pictures. If I use this tray for other seasons, I’ll update it with new pictures. For now, copper is just one of my late fall colors, along with burgundy and navy.

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On to the DIY Blog Hop!

I’m so happy to be joining these lovely ladies for another DIY blog hop! Make sure to stop by their blogs to see their amazing projects and tutorials!

We’d love to have you join us! Check out the upcoming themes and more information on how to join us by clicking here.


This month’s theme: Easy DIY


Tarah from Grandma’s House DIY – Hanging K Cup Storage


Niky from The House on Silverado – Chair Cover DIY


Lynne from Thrifting Wonderland – Quick & Easy Thanksgiving DIY


Amy from Health, Home, and Heart – Easy Scented Pinecones


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