Tuesday, December 2, 2014

DIY Three Tiered Tray

Hello! Hope everyone is doing well! I have an easy and inexpensive diy for you today. I've been drooling over those farmhouse style galvanized three tiered trays online, but most of them were upwards of $100 and that was not going to happen. 

So, here's what I came up with...

Can you guess what it's made of? Cookie tins!!!

Here's what happened. While browsing Instagram the other day, I came across a diy tray from Courtney at Golden Boys And Me. I'm telling ya...I've gotten so much inspiration from IG lately! Anyway, she used cake pans for hers, but I didn't have any extras and I didn't want to pay for new ones. I even checked Walmart and the cheapest one there was $8 for the smallest size and the bigger ones were about $10 and $12. 

So, I went to Michael's hoping to be inspired to use something less expensive. That's when I came across the cookie tins in various sizes, along with some wooden candlesticks. They also had the sterling silver spray paint on sale!

Here's what I bought...

The cookie tins were $3, $2, and $1.50 and the candlesticks were $3.50. I think the paint was on sale for about $4. I was able to use some coupons so my total cost was about $15. 

Here's a closer look at the wooden candle sticks. 

And here's the paint I used.

I started by priming everything. I was out of primer, so I used Heirloom white spray paint. 

After a quick coat of that, I painted everything silver and glued it all together with E-6000.

Here's a pic I put on Instagram of the before and after...

three tiered tray using cookie tins and candle sticks

Then the fun began and I got busy decorating it for the holidays. :)

Remember my Christmas mugs I got for .95 cents at Crate and Barrel? I put one in the top tray and filled it with miniature candy canes. 

crate and barrel woody mug with christmas tree

In the middle tray, I put some Christmas napkins, a "Noel" door hanger, and one of my mom's gingerbread ornaments she purchased from Montgomery Ward way back in the 70's. :)

Then in the bottom tray, I just scattered some ornaments, silver jingle bells, and a cranberry stocking ornament. 

 We got out all our Christmas decor the other day and I can't wait to share it  with you! You can see a peek at my gingerbread/candy cane tree in the kitchen below. I put up 4 trees again this year. :)

three tiered tray

I'm so happy with how this turned out! Not bad for $15, huh? I've also seen people use pie tins for this and that looks cute as well! I think I'll have fun styling it for different holidays. 

 Thanks so much for stopping by!



  1. Love your less expensive version, Lisa! You can really have fun switching out the contents for each season!

  2. Super super cute! I love how you though outside the box..or should I say cake pans? Lol. I love all the little Christmas decorations inside of it too:) I need to get some of that glue. The glue I've been using for projects hasn't held up so great :(
    Hope you have a wondeful day!

  3. So cute!! Looks nice on your table. I must say, I see your tree in the corner of the picture, looks lovely!!! :-)

    Have a wonderful week!

    1. Thanks, Sherri! Yep, that's my peppermint/gingerbread tree in the kitchen. :) I'll be sharing all my Christmas decor soon. Hope you have a lovely week too!

  4. Hi Lisa! Visiting from Instagram and now following along. I love your version so much that I was inspired to use some cookie tins to make a Christmas themed stand for our cookies this year. Thanks for the shout out too :) Courtney

  5. Well aren't you clever? I know some of those can be expensive, so your version is a great alternative. I like how deep your sides are to hold things too. I have seen some pretty ones too at Hobby Lobby. I don't think they were a fortune, especially if they're on sale or you use their coupon.

  6. Oh how creative of you! I priced the cake pans too and they were a bit pricey. Love your version! The graduated sizes are just perfect!

    1. Thanks, Carolyn! I'm glad I went with the graduated sizes too. It seems to add a little interest to it. :) It was fun to make and so inexpensive that I think I might make more. :)

  7. Super clever and oh so great. Look at you and your creative self lol! Love this it looks awesome.

  8. You always come up with such creative ideas. It is nice that you will be able to use it through the year. I like the Christmas things you put in it. Thanks so much for sharing how you did it with us. I really appreciate that you show the items you used to make it and where you bought them at. I am looking forward to seeing your Christmas decorations. Last year's decorations looked great and gave me lots of ideas. Have a good week.

    1. You're so sweet, Kim! Thank you!! Yep, I'll be sharing all my Christmas decor soon. Everything looks so different this year, I guess because we painted all the walls and kitchen cabinets, and rearranged the furniture. :) It was like decorating a totally different house. Lol!

  9. You're a total genius, Lisa! I love it... and it sure beats paying $100!! And isn't Michaels' the best! Between you and me, we should own shares in that store ;) Have a great rest of the week and thx for always inspiring me!!
    Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com

    1. Thank you, Kendra! Yep, Michael's is the best!! I always seem to find what I'm looking for there and you can't beat their sales. :) Hope you have a great rest of the week too!

  10. Great idea and yes, you can use it for so many occasions! Keep shopping at Michael's ~ my daughter works at the Corporate office here. :)


    1. I love Michael's! They really do seem to always have what I'm looking for. :) And of course, I love their coupons!


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