10 DIY Christmas Tiered Tray Ideas to decorate for the Holidays!
These holiday-tiered tray ideas are affordable and fun to make. They also make great handmade gifts and easy handcrafted items to make and sell at your next craft show.
1. Festive Fringe Ribbon Trees
Make these cute fringe ribbon trees in minutes. I picked green fringe but there are many colors available.
Supplies: Lightweight cardboard, a hot glue gun, and 1-inch wide fringe ribbon (here is a link to the ribbon that I bought on Amazon)
To make them, you’ll need to cut circles with a slit out of lightweight cardboard. Your circles do not need to be perfect but make them about 9-11 inches in diameter and use hot glue to glue each cone together.
Next, wrap the ribbon around the cone starting at the bottom and work your way up. Use dabs of hot glue to glue the ribbon in place as you move up the tree. I recommend not cutting the fringe ribbon from the roll until you’re finished making your tree so you don’t cut it too short. To finish, use a comb to fluff up your fringe if needed.
2. Miniature Wood Tumble Block Ladder
Buy a package of wood Tumbling Tower Blocks from Dollar Tree to make this cute ladder for your Holiday tiered tray.
Supplies: 11-14 wood tumbling tower blocks, wood glue, woodworking clamps, smaller 2-inch crafting clamps, paint, and decorations.
Start by determining how tall you would like your ladder and use wood glue to glue the blocks together. Secure them with clamps to hold them together while they dry.
Note: If you’re short on time, you can use hot glue to make the ladder. The bond will not be as strong as wood glue but this is an option.
Pro Styling Tip
When styling your tray, Use wood slices to elevate decor pieces that need a little height.
Source: Bethany @ crispcollective.org
3. DIY Holiday Wood Signs – Free SVG Art
Make your own mini signs to decorate your tiered tray. If you have a cutting machine it’s easy to make your own signs. I have four free designs already sized for a 4″ sign, free to download in the supplies list below.
I’m using 4″ x 4″ wood blanks that I purchased on Etsy from the TatteredPine shop. These boards come sanded and blemish-free. If you’re handy though, you could pick up a pine wood board and cut it. You may even be able to get the hardware store to cut it for you!
Supplies: 4″x 4″ unfinished wood sign blanks, the free 4″ x 4″ Holiday Sign Art SVGs, paint and a brush, a cutting machine (I’m using a Cricut Maker), a standard grip mat, permanent or removable vinyl, transfer tape, scissors
Paint your wood boards any color you like. I used red and green acrylic paint. Next, upload the 4″ x 4″ Holiday Sign Art into Cricut Design Space or Silhouette Studio. Cut the art onto permanent vinyl and use transfer tape to place it on your signs.
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4. Mini Holiday Crate
This crate is full of fun Christmas miniatures that I’ve collected. I found the mini crate at Dollar Tree but you can get one at most craft stores. Stain or paint your crate, then add greenery and fill it with miniature treasures!
5. Dollar Tree Gingerbread Houses Makeover
This is not a new idea but I thought I would share my Dollar Tree miniature house makeover with you. There are some awesome ideas on Pinterest using these little houses so I thought I’d give it a try and make a few gingerbread-looking ones.
To make them look like gingerbread, I painted each plastic house with Classic Caramel acrylic paint using a chip brush. It took a couple of coats and drying time in between. Then I went in with a small paintbrush and white acrylic paint to add accents to look like icing.
6. Wine Cork Christmas Tree
Grab some 16-gauge copper wire, small bells, a hot glue gun, needle nose, wire cutting pliers, and a few wine corks to make a stunning tree for your Holiday Tiered Tray.
First, you’ll need to hot glue your corks together into a tree shape. Then, string bells onto the copper wire and begin wrapping it around the tree. I recommend not cutting the wire from the roll until you’re finished wrapping it around so you don’t cut it too short. Once you are done wrapping the wire around your tree, cut the ends with wire-cutting pliers and curl with needle nose pliers to finish.
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7. Metallic-Painted Reindeer
I found plastic reindeer in the Target Dollar Spot and bought two for my tiered tray.
With a coat of spray paint primer and a couple of coats of metallic bronze paint spray, they’ve been transformed into sophisticated, high-end decor pieces!
8. Hot Cocoa Mini Pillow
Make a cute mini pillow using scrap fabric for your holiday-tiered tray! If you have a cutting machine, you can make this cute pillow in just a few minutes. To get the art for this pillow and three other designs, visit the full tutorial here –> Farmhouse Mini Pillows for Your Tiered Tray – Free SVG Stencils
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9. Snow Globes
Pick up a few clear plastic mini bowls and a 5-inch clear plastic ornament ball from Dollar Tree to make mini snow globes! These small snow globes are adorable and they’re the perfect size to display on a holiday-tiered tray. Get all the details on this easy project and more snow globe ideas in my post –> DIY Holiday Snow Globes.
10. Nostalgic and Thrifted Items
This idea is for my vintage-loving friends. If you have an antique store in your area or shop on Etsy, you can find all sorts of beautiful containers and vintage Christmas items to display on your holiday-tiered tray.
items to Keep an Eye out for:
- colorful glassware
- holiday teacups and saucers
- vintage ornaments
- tins and small containers
- holiday figurines
- cookie cutters
- salt shakers
Here I used vintage tins that I picked up for a few dollars at my local antique store. These tins range from about $3 to $12 depending on condition and age. The little pink deer is not vintage (it’s from Target) but it has that nostalgic look so I added it in. Mix and match items and colors to create your own nostalgic scene using thrifted and vintage finds!
I hope you enjoy these Christmas Tiered Tray Ideas! Leave a comment below and let me know which DIY you liked the most.
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Watch A Video
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