DIY Decorative Trays

Decorative trays are here to stay, and I love ’em. West Elm trays in five different colors are on my Christmas list! Why are they so cool? They update any table arrangement by pulling it all together, and can be used from the office to the bathroom. If you are looking for help in learning to style your accessories, a tray will wrap it all up for you. And let’s face it, who doesn’t want a pretty tray to serve guests on? Make a DIY decorative tray yourself, and add a decorative touch and a practical element to your rooms! It’s “tray” cool!

DIY tray



Our featured idea, above, is a tray from Etsy shop Double E Design… so inspirational and made from reclaimed wood and horse shoe handles that I had to include it as a great idea, even though it isn’t a tutorial… This one may be worth buying! No worries though, here come the tutorials!

Love this beautiful DIY Ticking Stripe Wooden Server Tray from Uncommon Designs! I love those feet!



Love this aged rustic tray from Brook at BeingBrook for Infarrantly Creative. She gives you a complete tutorial including her vinegar and steel wool aging finish!



Find out how Joys of Home created this picture frame tray… easy project for a quick decorating update!


DIY Decorative Trays

This cool chalkboard tray comes courtesy of Pinterest…and while we couldn’t find the tutorial, the photos are a great step by step! remember, when using chalkboard paint, after it dried thoroughly rub it all over with the side of a chalk once before using… this primes the chalkboard surface.



From Live Laugh Rowe, this DIY decorative tray has leather handles and would be something I would love to take a snack to bed on! (With a nice glass of red wine, of course…) Kelly has a terrific tutorial with lots of good photos.



Go see Liz at Love grows Wild, and find out how to decorate a plain tray with stained wood! This project is great because it’s not too cute, but has really good appeal across many different styles.



Style Me pretty always has projects that are, well…pretty! This DIY herringbone tray is no exception! Full instructions…



From Martha, this DIY tray is made from a baking pan and fabric! Instructions here.



So You Think You Are Crafty shows us how to make this DIY chalkboard tray… I think this would be such a romantic thing to have! Think of all the love notes  you could leave!



Love the look of this reclaimed wood tray made from old fence boards from Moni at Zu Haus At Home



Lastly, I Heart Organizing is gonna help you shape up your portable office, your kids homework or your in front of the tv crafting with this amazing DIY portable workspace tray. Great tutorial for this one, and this would make a good gift for someone too!


Image Credits: Love Grows Wild, Double E, Uncommon Designs, Infarrantly Creative, Joys of Home, Pinterest, Live Laugh Rowe, Style Me Pretty, Martha, So You Think You Are Crafty, zu haus at home, I Heart Organizing


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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates & Steve Bates (co-owners) – Woodard Bates Media LLC consisting of three blogs:, and

Kathy Bates’ previous writing credits include:

Former home decorating expert for Lifetime TV, Galtime and Country Woman Magazine.

Her book spent time at #1 on Amazon’s Home & Garden Topseller List in 2002.

Published or featured in numerous national publications, including:

Country Sampler’s Decorating Ideas magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch, Decorating Solutions magazine, Decorating Ideas magazine, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City News, The Oklahoman, Akron Beacon Journal, Pensacola News Journal and The Telegraph.

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