Wine Serving Tray With Pumpkin Insert-Recycled Project

7 Materials
$3
30 Minutes
Easy

A Wine Serving Tray with Pumpkin Insert is an easy upcyled project. You can easily give a new look to a thrift store tray with paint, twine, and an upcycled pumpkin insert.


I found this yellow tray at my local Goodwill a few months ago. If you’ve followed the blog for long, you know I love giving makeovers to old trays. I’m working my way through the stash of them that I have and trying not to buy any more

wine serving tray with pumpkin insert recycled project

I used Behr Ultra Pure White Premium Plus for the tray that I had left over from a table makeover. The tray got two coats, allowing it to dry between each coat. I wrapped a piece of twine around the outside of the tray, placing dots of glue along the way to keep it in place. 

wine serving tray with pumpkin insert recycled project

Making the pumpkin insert was an easy upcycle project. I used an old sweater for a pumpkin topiary and hoop pumpkins. Since I used only the sleeves of the sweater for that project, I had a lot of the material from the old sweater left, so I started thinking of other ways to use it. That’s when I decided that making a pumpkin insert for the wine tray would be great for fall. 


  • Use a circular piece of cardboard – I used the piece of cardboard that comes with a frozen pizza
  • Wrap the fabric around the cardboard
  • Pull the fabric taut around over the back
  • Add a staple to the center top of the circle
  • Hot glue the fabric to the back of the cardboard
wine serving tray with pumpkin insert recycled project

To make the circle resemble a pumpkin, I used some leaf stems and a wine cork near the top of the circle.

wine serving tray with pumpkin insert recycled project

The stems are hot glued in place and the wine cork is glued on top of them. 

wine serving tray with pumpkin insert recycled project

I didn’t want the insert to be permanently attached because I already have plans to make an ornament insert for Christmas. The pumpkin is heavy enough to stay put inside the tray. 

wine serving tray with pumpkin insert recycled project

Using thrift store finds and items I had on hand kept the cost of this project very low. For only a few dollars, I have a fall decor piece that has a practical use, too.

Suggested materials:

  • Thrift Store Tray  (Goodwill)
  • White Paint  (Home Depot)
  • Old Sweater
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Beverly Roderick at Across the Blvd

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