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DIY Upcycled Serving Trays

DIY Upcycled Serving Trays

Upcycled items are very trendy right now, and it’s always a fun creative challenge to find new ways to use old things. After a trip to the thrift store, a number of used frames were rescued to start new lives as upcycled serving trays in the Holiday Cheer Christmas Dinner Party.

There are a fair number of steps to completing this project, so do budget some time for it. 

How to make DIY Upcycled Serving Trays

A few things to remember when you start this upcycled project: 

  • Any size frame can be used to create upcycled serving trays.  Just make sure the frame is big enough to actually hold food or whatever else you’re planning to use it for.
  • To make an elevated upcycled trays, purchase a few footers at the craft store. They come in candle-stick shape, balls and a number of different options. 

  • Food safety is a big issue when you’re using paint and repurposing a item like this. First thing you’ll want to do is take apart your frame and thoroughly wash and disinfect the glass…you’ll be serving food on it, after all! 

Upcycled tray materials:

  • Frame
  • Footers (optional)
  • Gold Paint
  • Wrapping paper

upcycled serveware for Christmas

While your frame is in pieces, paint the frame itself your desired color. Gold was the choice for this particular set of frames, and the feet of the trays were painted the same color. 

upcycled serveware for Christmas

After everything is dry, put the glass back in the frame, face down. Add a piece of complementary colored paper cut to the size of the glass to the frame. Wrapping paper works well, as it will be large enough to fit any frame you choose. 

upcycled serveware for Christmas

Return the back to the frame and using a hot glue gun, attach the feet to the bottom of your tray. After the glue dries, you’re ready to use this neat upcycled serving tray at your next party!

Once you’ve tired of them as trays, with the matching papers and frames, the upcycled serving trays can also be great again as wall hangings. 

Paula Biggs

Owner at Frog Prince Paperie
Paula Biggs is a party planner, DIY crafter, and owner of Frog Prince Paperie, where you can find hundreds of party, craft and lifestyle ideas.