Wooden Tray Decoration Ideas-57 Unique Ways To Decorate Tiered Trays


From tiered trays to those single level wooden serving table trays, below are THE cutest and most unique ways to decorate a wood tray for any season, Holiday or decorating theme for EVERY room in your home.

I just love those cheap wooden trays you can get at dollar stores and Walmart, etc. So inexpensive, but SO many ways to decorate them! Best of all, these ideas are not just for WOOD trays – they work for those tiered galvanized trays or metal trays too!
Tray decor ideas - tiered and wooden tray decorating and table tray decorating ideas for all Holidays, seasons, and decor themes for every room in your home


Updated on January 19, 2023

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So you’ve got a wooden tray or even a metal /galvanized tiered tray (or 50 lol!) – what to DO with it? Sure, those inexpensive trays can be used for the ‘usual’ purposes, like serving drinks and snacks to holding candles and mail. But me? I love to DECORATE them for all the Holidays and seasons… and whatever reason suits me at the moment.

SO many choices too! You can give your wood tray a rustic or boho vibe or get minimal with it with an uncluttered modern look – or MY favorite – the farmhouse look!

My mother’s kitchen is all decorated with lemon decor with black and white plaid accents – super cute!

Here’s how she decorated her wooden tray that she has smack dab in the middle of her kitchen table – isn’t it precious!

wooden tray decoration ideas with lemons, Rae Dunn items and black and white plaid accents

Whether you’re looking for farmhouse-style kitchen decor or festive decorative wooden tray ideas for the holiday season, there are plenty of ways to use those trays to really spruce up ANY space – from your ottoman, to your dining tabletop centerpiece, to your kitchen island counter.

If you have even an ounce of Do It Yourself skills, these pictures and ideas for WHAT to put on decorative trays below will get those creative juices flowing.

So let’s jump in and look at some tiered tray decor ideas, table tray decorations and decorative tray inspiration to get you started decorating the trays in YOUR house.

For Valentine’s Day:

Valentines Day tiered tray decor ideas

  • Use a wooden tray to create a romantic setting by filling it with candles, flowers, and chocolates.
  • Use a tray to hold a bottle of wine and glasses for a special Valentine’s Day toast.
  • Create a tray of homemade Valentine’s Day treats, such as heart-shaped cookies or chocolate-covered strawberries.
  • Use a tray to hold a grouping of small red and pink candles, and rose petals for a romantic ambiance.

For St. Patrick’s Day:

St Patricks Day tiered tray decor ideas

  • Use a wooden tray to hold a collection of small pots of shamrocks, for a festive and traditional look.
  • Create a tray of Irish-themed St Patrick’s Day treats, such as Irish soda bread or Guinness brownies.
  • Use a tray to hold a grouping of green candles and small clovers for a St. Patrick’s Day ambiance.
  • Use a tray to hold a pitcher of green beer or Irish whiskey with glasses.

For Easter:

wooden tray decoration ideas for Easter and more cute ideas for decorating a wood tray for DIY home decor accents

  • Use a wooden tray to create an Easter centerpiece by filling it with plastic Easter eggs, pastel colored flowers, and small bunnies.
  • Use a tray to hold a basket of Easter eggs for an easy and festive display.
  • Use a tray to hold a pitcher of Easter-themed drinks such as a carrot juice or Easter punch.
  • Create a tray of Easter-themed sweet treats, such as Easter cookies, chocolate bunnies, or Easter-shaped candy.

Easter wooden tray decorations

For a Farmhouse Kitchen:

farmhouse kitchen wood tray decor ideas for wooden tiered trays

  • Use a wooden tray to organize and display utensils and spices on your kitchen counter.
  • Fill a tray with fresh fruits and vegetables for a rustic and natural look.
  • Place a tray on your kitchen table to hold a vase of flowers or a small plant.

For Fall:

tiered tray decor ideas for Fall / Autumn - wooden tray decoration ideas

  • Use a tray to hold a vase of fall flowers such as sunflowers, mums, or dahlias.
  • Create GORGEOUS fall-themed decorations by filling the tray with small pumpkins, gourds, and pinecones.

For Halloween:

Halloween tiered tray ideas - wooden tray decorations and table tray decor for Halloween

  • Use a wooden tray to create a spooky centerpiece by filling it with small pumpkins, gourds, and Halloween decorations such as witches, bats, or skeletons.
  • Create a tray of Halloween treats, such as candy corn or chocolate ghosts.
  • Use a tray to hold a grouping of small black candles and a bowl of Halloween-themed potpourri for a spooky ambiance.
  • Use a tray to hold a bowl of Halloween-themed snacks, such as popcorn or caramel apples.

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For Thanksgiving:

Tray decor ideas for Thanksgiving - 2 tiered wooden tray on coffee table in living room - super cute centerpiece

  • Use a wooden tray to create a Thanksgiving centerpiece by filling it with small gourds, pumpkins, fall leaves and a small cornucopia.
  • Use a tray to hold a collection of small candles and a bowl of potpourri to create a warm and inviting ambiance.
  • Use a tray to hold a bowl of fresh cranberries or a small pumpkin pie for a festive and traditional look.
  • Use a tray to hold a selection of cheeses, crackers, and sliced fruits for a pre-dinner appetizer display.
  • Use a tray to hold a pitcher of apple cider or a bottle of wine for a toast before dinner.
  • Use a tray to hold a grouping of small pumpkins or gourds with a small sign of gratitude written on it, to serve as a reminder of the reason for the season.

For Christmas:

Tray decor ideas for Christmas tiered trays and wooden table trays - Grinch decorations, Buddy the Elf, gnomes, hot cocoa bar and more

  • Display your gingerbread village pieces on your tray.
  • Use a tray to create a festive centerpiece by filling it with ornaments, pinecones, and candles.
  • Display a tray of Christmas cookies or candy on your coffee table.
  • Use a tray to hold a bottle of wine and glasses for a holiday toast.

With Rae Dunn Items:

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  • Use a wooden tray to hold a collection of Rae Dunn items, such as mugs, bowls, and vases, etc for a really cute rustic look.
  • Display a tray of Rae Dunn coffee bar canisters filled with dry goods such as flour, sugar, and pasta for a functional and stylish kitchen decor.
  • Use a tray to hold a grouping of Rae Dunn candles for a cozy and inviting ambiance.

With Cute Little Gnomes:

tiered tray decor ideas with gnomes - wooden tray decoration ideas

  • Use a wooden tray to hold a collection of small gnomes for a whimsical and playful touch.
  • Create a tray garden by placing small potted plants and gnomes on a tray for a cute and unique display.
  • Use a tray to hold a group of gnomes in different poses and sizes for an interesting and fun display.

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For Summer:

Tiered wooden tray decorated for summer

  • Use a tray to hold a collection of seashells and small starfish for a beachy and summery feel.
  • Fill a tray with ice and place a pitcher of iced tea and glasses on top for a refreshing and practical summer display.
  • Use a tray to hold a bowl of fresh berries or sliced fruit for a healthy and colorful summer snack.
  • Place a tray on your outdoor patio table to hold a pitcher of lemonade and glasses for a summery outdoor setting.
  • Use a tray to hold a grouping of citronella candles and small potted plants to keep pesky bugs at bay while enjoying the summer evening.

For Living Room Coffee Tables:

wooden tray decoration ideas for living room coffee table

  • Use a wooden tray to organize and hold remote controls, books, and magazines on your coffee table.
  • Fill a tray with small decorative items, such as candles, vases, or picture frames, to create a focal point on your coffee table.
  • Use a tray to hold a small plant or succulent for a touch of greenery.
  • Use a tray to hold a grouping of coasters and a small bowl for holding snacks or candy.
  • Use a tray to hold a collection of scented candles, to add an inviting ambiance to your cozy living room.

For The Bathroom:

tiered tray decor ideas for bathroom decorations and wood tray decorating

  • Use a wooden tray to organize and hold items such as soap, lotion, and other toiletries on the bathroom counter.
  • Fill a tray with small decorative items such as candles, shells, or small plants for a stylish and inviting touch.
  • Use a tray to hold a group of small glass bottles filled with essentials oils, for a relaxing and spa-like ambiance.
  • Place a tray on top of a bathroom bench or stool for a stylish and functional storage solution.

tiered tray in bathroom for towels and decoration

For Your Guest Room:

wooden tray decoration ideas for guest room bedroom

  • Use a wooden tray to organize and hold items such as extra linens, blankets, or pillows on the guest room bed.
  • Fill a tray with small decorative items such as candles, flowers, or small plants for a warm and inviting touch.
  • Use a tray to hold a group of small glass bottles filled with essentials oils, for a relaxing and comfortable ambiance.
  • Place a tray on a nightstand or dresser to hold items such as books, glasses, or a small lamp.
  • Use a tray to hold a small vase with fresh flowers or a small plant for a welcoming touch.

For Your Foyer:

Foyer decor using tiered trays, wooden trays and table trays for decorations

  • Use a wooden tray to create a stylish and functional entryway by placing it on a console table or entryway bench.
  • Fill a tray with small decorative items such as candles, flowers, or small plants for a warm and inviting touch.
  • Use a tray to hold a grouping of keys, wallets, or other small items as a catch-all.
  • Place a tray on a console table or entryway bench to hold items such as mail, magazines, or a small lamp.
  • Use a Dollar Tree wood tray to hold a small vase with fresh flowers or a small plant for a welcoming touch.
  • Use a tray to hold a small bowl of potpourri or scented candles, to create a pleasant aroma as soon as the guests enter.

DIY Wood Tray

Don’t want to BUY a wooden tray? No problem!

Let me show you how to make your own wood tray for decorating for UNDER $10!

It looks like this:

dollar tree wood tray decorations

Here’s the video tutorial:

Just a round craft board, some chalk paint, some painter’s tape and a pair of cheap-o door handles you can get at Home Depot or Lowes or even at Walmart. Heck, you might have them laying around the house somewhere like I did lol!

If you’re crafty enough, it’s as easy as 1,2 3….

wood tray decorating DIY craft tutorial

Me? I’d probably be better off just BUYING my wooden trays haha!

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