Learn how to create your own DIY elevated serving tray with this easy to follow tutorial. This elevated tray is perfect for your hot cocoa or coffee bar!
Adding elevated elements to your home decor is easy when you can make your own DIY elevated serving tray. These “trays with legs” are fun to dress up for the season and will help you add dimension to your vignettes. Today, I’m going to show you how to make one for yourself. Let’s start by going over the supplies you’ll need to get started.
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Feel free to decorate or paint your tray in a way that best fits your decor. If you love the look of mine, these are the supplies you’ll need to recreate it:
- Wooden Tray
- Wooden Risers
- Caviar Dixie Belle Chalk Paint
- Paint Brush
- Small Artist Brush
- Dixie Belle Gator Hide
- Metal Ribbon 3/4″
- Punch Set
- Metal Cutters
- Galvanized Cut Tacks
I started this project by gathering all of my supplies and removing the hanging hardware from the back of the piece I was using as the base of my tray.
Next, I painted the base of the tray and the risers or “legs” with the color Caviar from Dixie Belle Chalk Paint.
PRO TIP: Be sure to use a small artist brush to paint in between the slats of wood so that you achieve a professionally finished look.
Once all of the painted surfaces were dry, I used Dixie Belle’s Gator Hide to seal and protect my project.
Now it was time to embellish the tray a bit more. To do this, I attached some metal ribbon to the outside edge of the tray. Here’s how that was accomplished:
First we bent the ribbon to fit around the corners of the tray and carefully cut it to size.
Then we used a punch to make a hole for the tack that would attach the ribbon to the tray.
Finally, we secured the ribbon in place with a cut tacks.
PRO TIP: This metal ribbon was not the easiest embellishment to work with. Feel free to leave it off of your tray or to use embellish yours in another way.
I decided not to permanently attach the risers to my project so that I can switch out the style depending on the season.
You can see here how adding different risers will change the height of your tray.
Here I stacked two of them on top of each other to add even more height.
Here’s the finished product! This is definitely a piece that adds a lot of character to any vignette!
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