DIY | How to build a 3 tier tray for $5

By |2019-03-30T02:34:38+00:00February 11th, 2019|Craft Ideas, DIY|3 Comments

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Hey Friends…

I love going thru instagram, and seeing all the beautiful 3 tiered trays that have been posted over the past year and because of that, I have wanted to purchase one, however, they are quite spendy. So, I have decided to get thrifty and make my own.

My 3 Tier Tray cost me $5 + left over paint, polyurethane, & glue in my cupboard


I visited the local Thrift store and purchased 3 tin pie plates and 2 matching candle holders all for $1.00 each.  Our local Thrift store has a 50% off sale on Thursdays, so be sure to take advantage of those special sales in your area, and by doing so, you may be able to get your supplies at a lower cost than I did.  I didn’t think of that when I purchased my items for this project, although I am sure I could have made my 3 tier tray for less if I did.


  1. If the items were purchased from a thrift store, be sure to clean them with soap and water.

  2. Paint the 3 trays and candlestick holders with your favorite choice of paint.  You will need to give it 2 coats and let your pieces dry in between each coat.

  3. Spray with a polyurethane and be sure that you read the can for drying time.

  4. Lay largest tray on bottom and glue the first candlestick holder to the center of tray.

  5. Add glue to the top of the candlestick holder, and add the 2nd tray on top of it.

  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 with the next tray.

Be sure to allow the project to dry completely before you add your decor to it.

If you want any ideas for shelf sitters to add to your tray, be sure to visit my etsy site.

Until next time friends…


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  1. Colleen October 12, 2019 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    Love everything thx

  2. Diane October 24, 2019 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    Great idea! I’m going to try it.

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