How To Create Beautiful DIY Serving Trays

By May 29, 2015One Comment

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Summer always makes me think about outdoor parties and casual gatherings with friends. Serving trays make hosting these gatherings easier, so you can serve your guests and enjoy their company.

With just a few supplies from your local craft store, thrift store finds, and discount retailers you can create your own beautiful and creative DIY serving trays.

Easy DIY tutorial for creating three beautiful serving trays. With a little paint, some old wrapping paper, and mod podge, you can have a beautiful new serving tray! These are great to use for parties or other get togethers. Home decor.

DIY Serving Trays

Supplies – I found all my supplies at discount retailers, thrift stores, and craft stores:

  • 1 – Can Glossy White Spray Paint (use any color you like)
  • 1 – Can Metallic Gold Paint (use any metallic color you prefer)
  • 1 – Can Looking Glass Paint
  • 1 – Can Spray Polyurethane
  • 1 – Jar Mod Podge
  • 1 – Foam Brush
  • 1 – Roll Wrapping Paper or Large Gift Bag
  • 1 – Spray Bottle filled with 1/2 water and 1/2 white vinegar
  • 1 – Paper Towel or clean rag
  • 3 – Trays (I used a glass platter and plastic oval tray I found at the thrift store along with a plain rectangular wood tray from the craft store)

TRAY ONE: Mirrored Glass Serving Tray

Start by thoroughly washing the glass platter in hot soapy water. Dry completely.

An old glass serving tray can be given new life with some mirror paint. Get all the instructions here!

In in well-ventilated area, spray several light coats of Looking Glass paint on the bottom of the glass tray (the part that sits on the table). Do not paint the top where food will be set.

Use mirror paint to add new life to a dull, boring glass serving tray.

Stop here if you like the mirror finish. To create a mercury glass finish, mist the paint with the water and vinegar mixture. Gently and randomly dab the paint. This creates the mercury glass effect.

Give new beauty to your old glass serving trays with this easy DIY project.

Allow to dry completely and finish with a light spray of polyurethane.

TRAY TWO: Modern Gold

Gold is one of the most popular metal finishes this year and will easily incorporate into your home.

Using a thrift store plastic serving tray, lightly sand the surface to help the paint adhere. Spray several thin coats of metallic bright gold spray paint on the bottom until the tray is covered. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly between coats and before moving onto the top and sides.

Metallic paint is a great way to add shimmer to an old serving tray.

Once dry, trace the outline of the tray onto the wrong side of your wrapping paper or gift bag. Cut inside the traced line.

Coat the inside bottom of the tray with Mod Podge. Carefully place the cut-out paper onto the bottom of the tray. Brush Mod Podge over the paper. Mod Podge is great because it helps paper adhere without leaving a residue and dries quickly.

An old gift bag or wrapping paper and mod podge is all you need to give a beautiful new look to an old serving tray.

I brushed 2 coats of Mod Podge over the paper. For added protection, once the Mod Podge is dry spray the tray with polyurethane.

Great use for left over wrapping paper - with a little mod podge, you can give new life to an old serving tray!

TRAY THREE: White Cottage Tray

Begin this tray with a plain wood tray from the craft store. Lightly sand all surfaces of the tray. Paint the tray (starting with the bottom) with even, light coats of glossy white paint. Once the paint is dry, trace the tray outline on gift wrap or gift bag. Cut inside the line to fit the inside bottom of the tray.

Similar to the Modern Gold Tray, once the paint is dry, coat the inside bottom of the tray with Mod Podge. Place the traced paper on the bottom and coat a few times with more Mod Podge. Lightly spray polyurethane over the tray for additional protection.

This white cottage serving tray used to be plain wood. With a little paint, old wrapping paper, and some mod podge,, and you have a beautiful new tray.

These trays are great for using on living room tables, organizing the dinner table (napkins, salt & pepper, butter), and serving condiments at the picnic table. The best part? When your tastes change you can easily repaint and change the paper in the serving trays to fit your new decor!


About Tammi Young

Tammi was born and raised in Northern California as have her four children. She has owned and operated an internet service company for 13 years with her husband, working as the company accountant and human resources manager. She started her handmade jewelry business, French Robin Designs, in 2012 to work out her creativity and started blogging at French Robin not long after. She loves everything creative, especially DIY furniture renovation projects, fashion, and jewelry. You can always find Tammi visiting on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+.