DIY Dollar Store Serving Trays

You may or may not remember me mentioning that I was in charge of decorating for my sister-in-law's bridal shower back in September. I made the mistake of not taking any pictures of my work before everyone showed up, but I did manage to get some cute pictures of the buffet table. 

Before I get started, someone wants to say hi. This is my little helper today. His name is Modok and he will be sitting in my lap while I write this post. He's not very comfortable, but he's too cute to put down! 

Her shower was rainbow and mini-food themed. Random, but those are two things that popped into our heads when thinking about the best theme to describe her. 

So anyway, today I'm going to show you how I made a boatload of serving platters for really cheap. Like... really cheap. 

Tools: Dollar Store platters, E-6000 glue, spray paint

I started with a whole bunch of platters from the dollar store. As you can see, they aren't all the same. I mixed it up by using the "fancy" trays, pizza trays, square trays, martini glasses, candle sticks, wine glasses, etc. to create unique platters. I stood in the aisle of the dollar store for about an hour designing all of these to make sure I had all the correct pieces. The three-tierd platters go from smaller to larger at the bottom. 

I used some E-6000 glue to attach everything together. The glue comes out clear, but I still glued mine before painting to make sure none was visible. 

 Once everything was built and the glue was dry, I sprayed them all with white primer. I mainly did this so that I didn't have to use as much colored spray paint. 

I didn't get a great picture of them all complete, but here is a shot of the different colors I used. 
And here is everything with the food displayed on them. Since everyone was in charge of bringing their own mini-foods, I brought cupcake liners from Pick Your Plum so that they could transfer their mini foods from their mobile platters onto my serving trays. 

I used scrapbook paper as my doilies on some of them so that food could just be set onto the platters. I didn't coat the platters with anything special, so I thought this might be a bit safer and tastier than putting the food directly onto spray painted metal. Yum.

And there you have it! So easy to do, and you can customize them to whatever your theme is!

P.S. Check out my rainbow wall decorations!


  1. SO CUTE! I am throwing a baby shower in 2 weeks, and I am TOTALLY going to do this! Such a great to the dollar store ;)

  2. Hi! Found you on Ginger Snap Crafts link up party. This is an awesome idea! I'm going to try this next time I host a party at my house. Now following you on FB.
    ~Jackie @ The Non-Martha Momma

  3. Found you through 36th Avenue Party Time. Love your blog!

    I would love for you to share and link up at my TGIF Link Party.

    Please, invite your friends to party too! The more the merrier!

    Hugs, Cathy


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