How to Easily Make a Tiered Tray Display

I love to craft. And when I can make cool things with things around the house – even better!! I love re-purposing things that were sitting in my storage room. Here is one of my favourite ways to make things once forgotten, useful again!

Making a tiered tray does not need to be a difficult (or overly expensive) process. In fact, you can get started with things you probably already have around the house in your storage room or pantry.

First you need to make the multi level tray (if you don’t already have a 2 or 3 level tiered tray).  I found 2 plastic clear trays along with some cake pillars in my storage room.  An old wine glass or candle stick also works great for the ‘pillar’.

With a hot glue gun, you will want to secure the pillar/glass/candle stick to the bottom tray where desired.  Once it is glued in place, then you will add glue around the top opening and secure the top tray. With hot glue, it should be secured within a few minutes.  TIP: if you are using two trays of the same size, make sure they are centered evenly over each other with your pillar in the middle. If your top tray is smaller, you can either centre it or you can place it more towards the back giving you more open space to display on the bottom tray.

Now the fun part – decorating. First you need a theme. As it’s almost Valentine’s Day, I went with a love/Valentine’s theme for mine. These are great to change up with the different holidays or seasons.

Gather items around this theme that you want to include in your display. Mugs, small signs, plants/flowers, gnomes and bead garlands are all great items to include. I also found a small plain wood LOVE sign that I painted with some red acrylic paint and added some white polka dots. Adding in some cute paper flowers that I had made, were another great accent.

I also decorated some signs with love themed messages using my Chalk Couture supplies. I chose surfaces that are double sided, so I can put an Easter design on the other side. Then when it’s time to switch up my display, I can just turn the signs around! 

NOTE: this only works when placing your display on a shelf or table where it’s going to be viewed from one side only.  If you are placing your tray on a kitchen island, then having something unrelated on the other side will be visable.

Arrange your items with the taller pieces/signs in the back and smaller items in front so all items are visable. Draping a garland or ribbon is a great way to accent your tray. 

There is no right or wrong way to pull together a tiered tray display. Get creative with it and have fun! 


Amber Dinda is wife, mom of two teenagers and a serial entreprenuer. She has embraced the mid life years as an opportunity to enjoy and explore all that life has to offer and not approach mid life as a crisis. You can follow Amber’s journey and experiences by subscribing to her blog and connecting with her on Facebook or on Instagram.

For more information on Home Decor items, you can visit Glen Abbey Decor on Facebook or Instagram. To order DIY supplies and craft kits to make your own home decor pieces, please visit Chalk Couture.

Published by Amber A. Dinda

Mom, Wife and Crafter Helping you make your house a home with beautiful DIY home decor. Mentor to other crafters to help realize their dreams.

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