DIY Home Décor: Tiered Stand or Tray

Making holiday crafts is fun, and this tiered tray makes seasonal decorations simple.

| Fall 2017

  • Seasonal holiday tray made from terra cotta saucers and pots.
    Photo by Carole West
  • Step 1: Drill holes in the center of the saucers.
    Photo by Carole West
  • Step 2: Cut threaded metal rod and copper pipe.
    Photo by Carole West
  • Step 3-1: Attach sauces for bottom of tray.
    Photo by Carole West
  • Step 3-2: Turn the project over and add washer and nut.
    Photo by Carole West
  • Step 3-3: Slide the copper pipe over the threaded rod.
    Photo by Carole West
  • Step 3-4: Attach the painted miniature pot to the copper fitting.
    Photo by Carole West
  • Step 4: Top tier of tray decorated.
    Photo by Carole West
  • Step 4: Bottom tier of tray decorated.
    Photo by Carole West

Christmas is a happy time where giving, decorating, and good food complement the heart of who we are. Homes are filled with trimmings and decorations in an array of festive colors of red, green, silver, and gold.

Not long ago, I was inspired to create something fun that could be used year-round in the kitchen – an area where many times decorations are dull, or even nonexistent. After pondering some ideas, I decided a tier tray was perfect – and terra-cotta was the ideal material. This project is interesting, easy to make, and lends itself to just about any theme, holiday or otherwise.

I went with a theme of peppermint, chocolate, and pinecones to create a festive Christmas display, and I'll change the theme with each coming holiday. To make the project your own, choose a theme that incorporates items you enjoy and associate with each season.

Tools & Materials List

• 6-inch terra-cotta saucer
• 8-inch terra-cotta saucer
• 10-inch terra-cotta saucer
• Drill and 1⁄2-inch glass and tile bit
• Safety goggles
• Electric saw or handsaw
• 1 1⁄4-inch threaded metal rod, 2 feet long
• 1 1⁄2-inch copper pipe, 2 feet long
• Paintbrush
• White chalk paint
• 1 miniature terra-cotta pot
• 4 1⁄4-inch washers
• 3 1⁄4-inch hex nuts
• 1 1⁄2-inch copper fitting
• Decorative materials of your choice, such as ribbon, fabric, pinecones, peppermint sticks, chocolate and peppermint bark, herbs, greenery, berries, etc.

Step 1: Drill Holes in Saucers

Place one saucer on a flat surface, with a towel or a piece of wood underneath. Drill a hole in the center of the saucer, using the drill and 1⁄2-inch glass and tile bit. Drill slowly to keep from cracking the saucer

Repeat with the other two saucers.

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