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How to Create a Pedestal Tray, plus Fall Ideas!

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The candlestick above looks pretty ugly, right? I mean, thrift store items aren’t always in the best condition, so you have to look at a piece’s potential. I wasn’t looking at this as a holder for my candles, although, I might have ended up using it for that anyway. What I actually had in mind was a little different. One thing I really liked about this candlestick is that the top has a large surface area, which is perfect for a tray stand! So, stick around and let me show you how to create a pedestal tray! Plus, I’ll be sharing some fall decor ideas for the tray! 

Pedestal Tray DIY | Fall Tray Decor Ideas | Thrift Store Upcycle

This is the tray that I decided to use. Now, you might be thinking, umm, hello, where is the bottom? I’m assuming this used to be a vanity tray and it most likely had a glass or mirror bottom. This is how I bought it though. I knew the perfect project was out there for it and this is it. The first thing I did was paint it. I used Waverly chalk paint in Peacock. 

My tray needed a bottom, so I chose to use the large paint stir sticks; the ones you use for the five gallon buckets of paint. I had to cut them down to fit, using a coping saw. After cutting them, I sanded the cut edges and stained them using watered down brown paint. After they were completely dry, I used e6000 to glue them onto the two metal cross pieces on the bottom of the tray.

I did need a bit more stability underneath the tray, so I layered some regular sized paint sticks across the underside. I didn’t bother painting these, because you won’t be able to see them, unless you’re looking for them. If you want to make this part look a bit nicer, you could use the same paint sticks that you used for the inside of the tray, and kind of sandwich those cross pieces.

Pedestal Tray DIY | Fall Tray Decor Ideas | Thrift Store Upcycle

Now, back to the candlestick. Brown was the color I chose for it. I painted it with a rough stroke because I wanted a weathered look. Once dried, I attached it to the bottom of the tray using e6000. I allowed the whole thing to dry over night. It turned out so pretty, I didn’t get a picture before I decorated it! Lol 

Pedestal Tray DIY | Fall Tray Decor Ideas | Thrift Store Upcycle

Now that you have an idea for how to create a pedestal tray, let's decorate it!

The gather sign came from the Dollar Tree and I just gave it a coat of white paint. Additionally, both pumpkins came from the DT. I did replace the original stems with sticks from my yard, and added artificial leaves and raffia bows. 

Pedestal Tray DIY | Fall Tray Decor Ideas | Thrift Store Upcycle

This miniature grapevine wreath came from the thrift store. I added berries from a pick that came from Walmart, attaching them with twine. Then, I threw together a re-fabbed bow using ribbon from Dollar Tree and Hobby Lobby, artificial leaves, and raffia. Easy peasy! 

The finishing touches of my tray were: a candle, a fall scented sachet, some grapevine balls, and a wood bead garland! I love how it turned out! What do you think??

Pedestal Tray DIY | Fall Tray Decor Ideas | Thrift Store Upcycle

Want to know how to make that curly twine?? Check out our video below! 

Pedestal Tray DIY | Fall Tray Decor Ideas | Thrift Store Upcycle

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Pedestal Tray DIY | Fall Tray Decor Ideas | Thrift Store Upcycle

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  1. Marlene Schuelke

    Love your crafts there always so cute!!

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