12 DIYS of Christmas: Tiered Tray for Christmas

On the 8th DIY of Christmas, I am mixing it up to share my best tray styling tips.  Hopefully, this will inspire you to gather a few of your favorite Christmas finds to decorate a tiered tray. These are great to show off your holiday collections and display on the kitchen island coffee bar or on a coffee table.

Three Tips to Styling a Tiered Tray for Christmas

Tip 1: Choose a theme and color scheme. 

First, choose a theme to decorate the tiered tray. As far as theme, it can range from cozy winter, to a more whimsical style with gingerbread houses and candy canes. Then, pick a color scheme to accentuate your particular idea. This could be a neutral vibe for a winter or neon green and cherry red for a fun Christmas feel. Other themes that I love for tiered trays are hot cocoa bars, vintage Christmas and seasonal.

Tip 2: Decorate with a variety of materials.

The purpose of the tray, whether it is more functional or designed to be pretty, will determine what items that you put in the tray. Either way, try to include a variety of different materials like greenery, dishes, art and themed decor. I like to use this simple guide to give me ideas, while I am shopping or looking through my decor stash.  However, an exception may be if you are using the tray to show off a collection of Santa themed mugs, or decorate a large tray to act as a hot cocoa station. Then, you may have more of one kind of item than the other.

  • Greenery – mini potted plants, sprigs of seasonal greenery, plant orbs, pinecones
  • Dishes – mugs, stacks of appetizer plates, sugar & creamer sets, bud vases, small canisters, mini risers
  • Art – small seasonal signs or artwork, postcards
  • Themed Decor – seasonal or holiday decor, figurines, wooden beads, mini houses

Tip 3. Use a variety of textures.

Choose items that are made from wood, metal, glass, textiles (paper or cloth) and natural elements. These materials will have different textures from shiny metallic finishes to fluffy bottle brush trees. By using a variety of textures, the tray will appear more interesting to the eye.

Thank you for stopping by the blog to see how I styled this tiered tray for Christmas! Now, tap the red pin on the top left of the picture below to save this blog post to your ‘Christmas Ideas‘ Pinterest Board.  Then check out the rest of the 12 DIYS of Christmas!

  • Holiday berry napkin rings for $1, here
  • Christmas countdown calendar here
  • DIY snow globe lamp, here
  • Christmas candy Tray, here
  • Home for the Holidays wood ornament, here
  • Beadboard ornament, here
  • Snowglobe Treat Container, here
  • DIY Tiered Tray Tips, here

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