Tea Time on a Tray Tour

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Welcome friends! I am so glad that you’re visiting today because we are going on a tour of twenty fabulous blogs, sharing our takes on trays for tea time. When I began to think about a tea tray, the first thing that came to mind was Alice in Wonderland. As my tray started to come together, I wanted to create a new piece to add to it, and a DIY Mad Hatter hat was born. In addition to my tray, I’m also going to share the tutorial so that you can make your own hat!

Tea time on a tray blog tour collage of all bloggers' trays.

Several times a year, my dear friend Katherine of Katherine’s Corner is kind enough to coordinate a themed tray tour with many bloggers creating trays to give you inspiration for your own. This month our Tea Time on a Tray Tour includes twenty bloggers, and I know you’re going to love every tray shared by these talented ladies! If you’re coming over from Calypso in the Country, I’m so glad you’re here! Wasn’t Shelley’s tray beautiful?! At the end of this post I will direct you to the next blog on the tour. I hope that you will take the time to visit all of the ladies because they have set up beautiful trays. Perhaps you will even be inspired to throw a garden tea party this spring!

Supplies for an Alice in Wonderland Tea Tray & DIY Mad Hatter Hat:

  • tray or tiered tray- I got the tiered tray that I used for this vignette from Dollar Tree for $5. If you’d prefer not to go to the store, you can order from Dollar Tree online, or this set of two, two tiered trays that are beautiful and are only $10!
  • teacup(s)– I used teacups & saucers from our wedding China from Mikasa. The set is beautiful, & we use it every year for Valentine’s Day because the infinity designs with hearts are perfect for the holiday. It’s called “Love Story.” I linked a set of four of the teacups and saucers.
  • saucer(s)
  • moss bunnies from Dollar Tree
  • preserved moss
  • cardboard
  • Elmer’s glue or glue stick
  • hot glue gun & glue
  • black 1/2″ ribbon
  • white cardstock paper
  • my Mad Hatter Hat & Tea Time printable designs
  • 2.5″x3.5″ photo frame- I used a wood frame with a clip from Dollar Tree to add my sign. I’m ordering this beautiful frame to use in the future..

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Free Printable Design Use

For personal use only. Feel free to download these free designs and print them or use on your Cricut projects for your own use at home. They are not for commercial use, not to be placed on items for sale. That helps me keep these printables, SVGs, and PNGs coming to you for free! Another note: you will not my logo overlay on your downloaded design. It is there to keep people from downloading the images straight from Google, or others from stealing them to use on their site. Thanks for understanding! Feel free to share this post for your friends and family to make their own projects with this design!

Download & Print Alice in Wonderland Designs

I created several designs to use on my tea tray, and of course I’m also sharing them with you to use them on your own Alice in Wonderland tea tray! I suggest printing them on white cardstock because they look better framed and the 10/6 for the hat band will work best.

The printable has a small sign that reads, “It’s always time for tea,” which is a quote from Alice in Wonderland. It is 2.5″x3.5″ to fit into a small frame that will fit on either tier of your tea tray.

I planned to find a small vial to attach a “drink me” tag to, but I couldn’t find the ones that I have. You may have one so I included the small tag for you.

Finally, there is a top hat and a 10/6 design to fit in the DIY Mad Hatter hat that we will be creating to place on the Alice in Wonderland tea tray. Remember that my logo overlay won’t appear on your downloaded design. I am having a really big problem with content theft (word for word, my exact blog posts with my photos!), so I am forced to be more careful with my content.

Alice in Wonderland themed designs for the tea tray: Mad Hatter hat with 10/6 insert, "drink me" tag, and "it's always tea time" design preview with logo overlay.

Once you’ve printed the Alice in Wonderland designs to use on your tea tray, cut out the “It’s always tea time” design. You can use the insert from a 2.5×3.5 frame as a guide to cut it properly. Then place it in the frame to add to the tea tray.

"It's always tea time" Alice in Wonderland sign in a frame on the tea tray.

Make the Base of the DIY Mad Hatter Hat

Cut out the printed cardstock top hat.

Cutting out the Mad Hatter's hat on cardstock to use on the Alice in Wonderland tea tray.

Then cut out the 10/6 design. I created a more rounded design on yours so that it could be easier than just winging it like I did lol! You’ll see what I mean when you see the video tutorial.

Lay the hat on a piece of cardboard and trace around it.

Tracing a printed the Mad Hatter's (from Alice in Wonderland) top hat to place on the tea tray onto cardboard.

Cut it out.

Cutting out the Mad Hatter's hat (for an Alice in Wonderland tea tray) on cardboard.

Add glue, either liquid glue or a glue stick, not hot glue, to sections of the Mad Hatter’s hat. In the video you’ll see that I used Mod Podge to add the moss at first, but that did not work well. I switched to an Elmer’s glue stick and that worked great! Spray adhesive would work too.

Putting glue from an Elmer's glue stick on the Mad Hatter's cardboard hat to make it for the Alice in Wonderland tea tray.

Press moss onto the glue on the cardboard.

Pressing moss on the glue on the Mad Hatter's cardboard hat to make it for the Alice in Wonderland tea tray.

Work in sections so that your glue doesn’t dry before you get to that area. My fingers got really sticky, so they started to remove some of the moss. I started to use the end of a foam brush and that worked well.

Pressing moss on the glue on the Mad Hatter's cardboard hat to make it for the Alice in Wonderland tea tray.

Add a Brim to the Mad Hatter’s Hat

Cut a piece of 1/2″ black ribbon wide enough to fit across the hat above the brim.

Cutting a black ribbon to use as the band of the Mad Hatter's hat to place on the Alice in Wonderland themed tea tray.

Lay the ribbon face down and place the hat face down on it.

Placing a black ribbon under the Mad Hatter's hat to glue it on as a band to use on the Alice in Wonderland tea tray.

Squeeze hot glue to each side of the hat, just above the brim. Press the ribbon onto the glue.

Cut out the 10/6 design and place it inside the Mad Hatter’s hat band. The paper looks yellow in this picture, but it’s actually the color of vintage book pages.

Slipping a "10/6" sign into the black band of the Mad Hatter's hat covered in moss.
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Assemble the Alice in Wonderland Tea Tray

This tea tray came together quite nicely, and it was so easy.

First, I placed a saucer from my Mikasa “Love Story” China set on the bottom tier of the tea tray. I placed a stemless wine glass behind it to hold it up vertically. Next, I placed two teacups from the same line of China. I turned them so they were facing in opposite directions, so that the designs on each side could be seen.

Finally, I decorated the top tier of my tray with my Alice in Wonderland decorations. The framed tea tray sign was placed on the left side. Then I leaned the DIY Mad Hatter hat against the pole connecting the two tiers of the tray.

Placing the DIY Mad Hatter's hat on the top tier of the Alice in Wonderland tea tray.

Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter DIY Hat Video Tutorial

Here’s a quick tutorial for creating your own DIY Mad Hatter hat. The next party I throw will definitely have an Alice in Wonderland theme because I really enjoyed making little things to add to my tea tray! Again, I used Mod Podge during the video, but I removed the moss and used an Elmer’s glue stick. I was able to get a thick layer of moss with ease using it.

What do you think? I love this easy Alice in Wonderland themed tea tray!

Remember to keep reading so that I can direct you to the next stop on our blog tour!

Alice in Wonderland themed tea tray with a sign on the top tea clipped in a 2.5x3.5 wood frame reading, "It's always tea time." with a scene from Alice in Wonderland on the bottom, the Mad Hatter's hat covered with moss a black band holding the 10/6 sign, and on the bottom tier is a saucer sitting vertically and two teacups from the "Love Story" line of Mikasa China and a moss rabbit sitting in one of the teacups.

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    39 thoughts on “Tea Time on a Tray Tour

    1. Niki,
      I love the Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter theme and that you even shared a craft!! Your Tea Time Try is so charming and whimsical!! Love it! Thanks for sharing!! I enjoyed “touring” with you today!!
      Debbie-Dabble blog

    2. Love, love, love this Niki! Leave it to you to come up with the perfect DIY project for a stunning Tea Time tray! It’s just adorable and the perfect accent piece. I’m so glad to be touring with you today. Thanks so much for sharing such a fun idea! Pinned!

      1. Thank you! I thought about making my sign say that! I thought popping the little bunny in the teacup could be a little nod to going down the rabbit hole lol!

    3. I love your Alice in Wonderland theme. As I was writing my post Alice in Wonderland did pop into my head so I am so glad you used it as your muse here. I love all the tutorials & thanks for sharing. XO- MaryJo

    4. Alice in Wonderland is a favorite and who can forget the tea in that beloved story. Great tutorial for the hat. You make me want to bring out my copy of the book and brew a cup of tea to sip while I’m rereading the story.

    5. Niki, this is so fun! What a great way to create a tea tray. Loving the mad hatter theme. great job my friend. Have a wonderful week.- Meagan

    6. Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite themes for parties and entertaining. Your little moss covered hat nd sign are just so cute! This is a great idea if I am planning on hosting a mad hatter tea party again in the future!

    7. This is just too special, your so creative. I love this idea, its unque, achievable and inexpensive. Three of my favorite qualities.

    8. Your Alice themed tea tray is the best! I love everything about it, the dishes, tray, and all the creative elements you added! So adorable!

    I'd love to hear what you think! Leave me a comment below!