DIY Stenciled Serving Tray

Can I tell you how excited I am about this project? I literally haven’t stopped beaming since I finished this stenciled tray! I have had this fun orange metal tray from Old Time Pottery for a while and when I bought it I thought “whoa, am I pushing myself out of my color box!” This tray was just an ordinary tray that is perfect for garden parties. I have used it mainly as a clutter magnet. Our mail goes in the tray. Loose keys go in the tray. Necklaces discarded after a long day’s work go in the tray. It has been a great organizational tool for our home because even though the tray itself has clutter in it, the clutter is not on my countertop or my kitchen table. Once the tray is full, we sort through it!


Recently we started migrating our home office’s color scheme to orange and teal against clean neutrals. I wanted to personalize this tray to be able to have the orange tray make more sense in this new color scheme. I needed to find a way to marry the orange and teal in the space. A stenciled tray was the perfect solution!

Here’s how I did it (and you can too!):

  • Step One: Gather your equipment including tray, paint, stenciling paint brush, alphabet stencils, and plenty of paper towels.

  • Here’s what you will need.


  • Step Two: Lay out your stencils. Plan for where they will go BEFORE you even think of starting to paint.

  • Step Three: Make sure the stencil is firmly on the surface. Hold it with your hand if you need to or tape it to the tray. Dab the paint brush with a little paint. You don’t want the paint to glob on. You can always add more paint, but if you slather it on, it’s difficult to take away. When you paint on the stencil, gently “stab” the tray in a truly vertical direction. Don’t use strokes as that will allow paint to get under the stencil.

  • Step Four: Start with the first letter and the far-most-right letter. Work your way in to fill in the word. By doing it this way, you ensure that your letter spacing is even across the entire tray.

  • Step Five: Let Dry!


I love how this little addition to my tray makes it fit in perfectly now in my new office. The tray cost me $8 and the paint was free with a coupon from my local hardware store! I’d say this is a great example of how you can do “more with less” with the help of home decor items from Old Time Pottery!

Valerie Morris is a true DIY maven at heart. Before there was Pinterest, she had (and still has) a binder full of magazine clippings and ideas of things she wants to make or ideas for decorating her home. She always has a project in mind and in process. You can almost see the gears spinning in her head when she has a new project idea. Valerie loves finding a great deal and repurposing decor around her home in new ways. Old Time Pottery is one of her favorite shopping locations and she proudly contributes to our Pinterest boards, our blog, and many other creative ventures wherever she can!

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