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!

~Lisa



19 comments:

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

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  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!

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  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!
    Sherri

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    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!

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  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

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  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.

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  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!

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    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. :)

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

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  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.

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    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!

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  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

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    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!

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  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. :)

    xo
    Pat

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    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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