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While it can be easy to go online shopping or buy your own tray form a store, this DIY Two-Tiered Tray will add a new flavor to your home.

This craft is nice and simple so you do not have to worry about being overwhelmed. Even with little crafting experience, you will have a great outcome.

two-tiered tray

Two-Tiered Tray

With a craft as simple as this two-tiered tray, there is no reason why you should not do it! The steps are easy and it does not take as much time as you may think.

All of the supplies you will need are commonly found around the house or you can simply buy from your local craft store. You won’t have to spend a lot of money for this craft either.

With these easy to understand step by step instructions, you will have no problem with this craft. You will be excited and surprised by the results that you get in such little time.

red white and blue tray

While this two-tiered tray happens to be red, white, and blue, there is no reason that you cannot shake things up a bit. You can pick the colors that go with your home or the season.

Because you can make this unique and customized, it makes for the perfect gift for your friends and family. You can use their favorite colors to make a tray that will fit them perfectly.

You can make a different tray for each holiday and season if you are really feeling up to it. Nothing makes a home feel more cozy than decorations that match the holiday!

double stacked trays

Crafts like this two-tiered tray may be small but they can add a nice zing to your home. It is quick and easy, so why not?!

If you are interested in more simple crafts for your home, check out the DIY Welcome Sign and DIY Baby Shower Gifts!

red white and blue tray
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DIY Two-Tiered Tray

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $15

While this two-tiered tray happens to be red, white, and blue, there is no reason that you cannot shake things up a bit. You can pick the colors that go with your home or the season. 


  • Plastic Plate Charger
  •  Large Dinner Plate (Round cake pan could also be substituted)
  • Scissors
  • Craft Paint Brushes
  • White Spray Paint
  • White Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Grey Acrylic Craft Paint
  •  (2) Beaded Party Necklaces
  •  E6000 Permanent Glue
  •  (2) Glass Taper Candleholders
  • Paint Palette Tray (Paper plate could also be substituted)


  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks


  1. Begin by using the E6000 glue to attach one candleholder to the center of the plastic plate
  2. Next, apply the E6000 glue to the top of the candleholder, and turn the other candleholder
    upside down, and attach it to the top of the first one.
  3. Apply E6000 glue to the exposed candleholder bottom, and attach the large dinner plate, centering the candleholder to the bottom of the dinner plate.
  4. Let the glue dry completely.
  5. Cut one string of the beaded party necklace, and using the hot glue gun, begin to attach the beaded necklace to the outside rim of the large dinner plate.
  6. For the plate used in this example, one necklace was not quite long enough, so an additional necklace was cut to size to finish lining the plate.
  7. Next, in a well ventilated area, spray the entire tray from top to bottom with white spray paint, and let dry completely.
  8. Once spray paint is dry, begin painting the tray with white acrylic craft paint, making sure to get in between the beads that may have been missed with spray paint.
  9. Once the white acrylic paint is dry, you will use the ‘dry brush’ method to add some accents with the grey acrylic paint. To do this, dab a very small amount of paint onto the brush, and then blot it off on the palette tray. You will only need a very small amount of paint on the brush.
  10. Gently brush over the beaded edge of the top dinner plate, and around the ribbed edge of the bottom charger plate. Make several light brush strokes across the plate and charger as well. If the grey is too dark in any areas, wait until completely dry, and then go over the
    gray with the white acrylic paint

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