Simple Dollar Store Tray/Plate Charger - The Power of Paint

Nicole Juarez DIY
by Nicole Juarez DIY
2 Materials
1 Hour

This very well may be the easiest project I will ever post. For quite some time now I have wanted to make a tray with some of the pizza pans from Dollar Tree. I anticipated that I would have to get very creative in order to come up with a nice-looking tray. Imagine my absolute surprise when I finally embarked on this project and started... AND STOPPED with spray paint! That’s it! I originally planned to add a stencil design, (and may still later go back and add one) or “feet” so that it is a tad bit elevated. But the honest truth is that I do not feel that the tray needs them. I think for this project, simplicity is key!

And if a $1 pan and spray paint wasn’t easy enough to create a tray, while writing this post, I realized that you could also use this “tray” as a plate charger when creating a festive tablescape! It’s a two for one!!!

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How it started..This beaut has definitely seen better days, but since I already had a stack of these pans in my cupboard, I didn’t see the need to go out and buy more. Nothin’ fancy here! (Many times I contemplated carrying the stack of these pans to the trash!!!) Reuse recycle!

I applied 3 coats of paint, letting each coat dry thoroughly before applying the next.

This is the spray paint that I used,


Past Nicole thinking: “I think this could even be a nice option for a dinner party!” (This is when the “plate charger idea” popped into my mind!!)

*Dives from the chair and rushes to the kitchen to stage the "tray" as a plate charger!*

I am not a “fancy” person, so I am definitely riding the “fancy struggle bus” when it comes to staging this picture, but MAN I hope that you get the idea! 😅😅

The absolute beauty of this project is that you can make the tray/charger any color to match your tables cape/decor!

*Places "napkin" (dish towel!) on plate*... "Ohhhhhhh!"

*Promptly lifts pinky into the air* 💁🏾‍♀️

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  • Yvonne White Yvonne White on Mar 30, 2023

    Excellent project -- I'm off to find a pizza pan!🙂👍️

  • Pat Kerley Pat Kerley on Apr 06, 2023

    I love simple, easy projects that have the potential to completely transform the space… I’ll use this.. I love your sense of humor, I felt like you were in the same room with me planning a day of crafting.. great job and thank you