Sunday, April 17, 2011

DIY Serving Trays

Back when I first started blogging and exploring the blogging world, I found this great tutorial by Tatertots and Jello on how to make a serving tray out of a pizza pan! I knew instantly that I wanted to try it but never got around to it til this weekend!

I followed Jen's directions pretty closely but made a few tweaks here and here it goes!

Supplies Needed:
Metal Pizza tray- sadly our Dollar Tree didn't have any, I found mine at Dollar General for $3
Decorative paper- preferably the large squares, you will cut it diagonally through the center so that it covers the diameter of the tray.
Modge podge and paint brush
4 knobs- I got mine at AC Moore (the hubs found these cute tiny ones!) but many places sell them, mine are wooden but any material would work- about $3 for all 4 of them
2 handles- I found a pair at Wal-mart for $2
Gorilla Glue
Polyurethane Spray

 First, I started cutting my paper into strips....

 Laid out the pieces to make sure they covered the tray....

 I then used modge podge to attach the paper to the flat center of the tray (modge podge is only inbetween the paper and tray, not on top of the paper yet!) I then started cutting slits in the paper so that it will easily wrap around the edge of the tray.

 I then used more modge podge to glue the slits of paper around the edge of the tray. I also trimmed the excess paper at this point.

 This is the finished product... notice the seam through the middle, I wanted to cover this up...

 I cut a piece of green paper to cover the seam. I also printed an "N" on cardstock, cut it out and used modge podge to attach it to the green paper. After giving the modge podge time to dry, smoothing out air bubbles along the way....apply a few coats of modge podge to the top of the paper. I think I did roughly 3 coats, letting it dry inbetween coats.

 I then used Polyurethane spray to seal the paper so that I can wipe it off after serving food. I did three coats of this as well, letting it dry inbetween coats.

 While I let my tray dry, I painted my knobs black with spray paint.

 I used a ruler to measure the placement of my knobs and marked the location with sharpie.

 I used my gorilla glue to attach them to the bottom of the tray.

 Once the little feet were dry enough to flip the tray over, I attached my handles to the top with gorilla glue.

 Here it is! I love it with this cloche on top!

This was such an easy project and so cheap to make! I am so happy with it! Thanks to Tatertots and Jello for the awesome tutorial that got me started!

ALSO, If you want a chance to win this beautiful glass cloche, go to this post to enter!


  1. I saw this on the TT&J FB page! :) Thanks for linking! That glass cloche is so pretty!

  2. This is a great alteration to the inspiration at tt&j! I'm ready to start on my own trays! I have everything, just haven't gotten anything done! Thanks for the inspiration!

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