DIY Tiered Tray | Easy Tiered Tray DIY | Dollar Tree Tiered Tray

6 Materials
2 Days

I love to make a tiered tray and tiered tray decor!

This tutorial will show you how I made this adorable 2 tiered tray using picture frames from Dollar Tree.

For the Bottom (Larger) Tray

Step 1

  • The first thing I did was take the glass out of the larger frame and placed it on top of the wood.

Step 2

  • I used a pencil and traced the size I needed for the base of the tiered tray.  I was able to get 4 pieces out of these 2 pieces of wood. That is what I needed for the bottom part of the tray.

Step 3

  • I took the wood outside and cut it down using a miter saw.

Step 4

  • I put the gorilla glue in the center of each wood slat and then put hot glue on both sides of the gorilla glue.
  • I placed the slats onto the cardboard back of the frame.

For the Top (Smaller) Tray

Step 5

  • For the top tray, I used 8 large craft sticks and cut them down to fit in the second frame.
  • When cutting the craft sticks make sure you are using something sharp and cut slowly to make sure you don't crack or break the sticks.

Step 6

  • I used the back of a larger frame for the bottom of the trays.
  • I laid the glass on top and traced it with a pencil and then cut it down to size.

Step 7

  • I used clear gorilla glue and hot glue to attach the craft sticks to the backing.
  • I put the gorilla glue in the center of each craft stick and then put hot glue on both sides of the gorilla glue.
  • I then pressed the craft sticks onto the backing.

Step 5

  • While both the top and bottom trays dried I used white chalk spray paint on both frames so they would match in color.

Step 6

  • I let the wood trays dry for 24 hours. 
  • I used some Americana Wax to stain both of them.
  • I used a Dollar Tree Makeup brush to apply the stain. I have found that Dollar Trees makeup brushes are great for painting and staining. I usually will pick a few up every trip I make to Dollar Tree.

Step 7

  • For the feet, I used these little square blocks from Dollar Tree and used the same wax to stain them.
  • This was a rather messy process so I would recommend wearing gloves if you don't want to get the wax all over your fingers.

Step 8

  • I again used gorilla glue to attach the feet to all 4 corners of the bottom tray. And left it to dry for about 4 hours.

Step 9

  • For the middle section, I used a small spindle from Lowes and cut it down. I then used the same wax to stain it.

Step 10

  • I found the center of the bottom tray and marked it with a pencil. I also found the center of the top tray.

Step 11

  • To attach the trays together I drilled a small pilot hole in each tray and attached them will screws. One going thru the top of the top tray and another in the bottom of the bottom tray.


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Dollar Tree Items Used:

  • 5X7 Picture Frame
  • 11x14 Picture Frame
  • Craft Sticks

Other Items Used:

  • Wood Planks (Hobby Lobby)
  • White Chalk Spray Paint
  • Spindle (Lowes)
  • Antiquing Wax

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Suggested materials:

  • Picture Frames   (Dollar Tree)
  • Craft Sticks   (Dollar Tree)
  • Wood Planks   (Hobby Lobby)
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  • Nicole P Nicole P on Feb 23, 2021

    I love this decor idea!

  • Lms48191742 Lms48191742 on Jul 14, 2021

    You did a beautiful job! This caught my eye because I made something similar with metal pieces (cake tins, candle sticks) that I picked up at yard sales and Goodwill. I made a 3-tier succulent tray that's in my bathroom. Everyone thinks I paid a fortune and truth be told it was maybe $10. Happy crafting!