How to Style a Neutral Tiered Tray

How to Style a Neutral Tiered Tray

Love the look of a neutral tiered tray, but not sure how to style it?  Well, my friend, I'm here to help.  Along with my friend Hobby Lobby.  We're both here to help.

What you'll need:

  • Tiered tray (2 or 3 tiers, whatever fits your decor)
  • A small sign
  • Small items of various textures (woods, whites, metals)
  • Greenery (I like lamb's ear because it's naturally a muted green color and pairs with everything)

I got this galvanized 3-tiered tray from Hobby Lobby for $20, as well as the faux lamb's ear, cotton, brown ball things, beads, and tiny box.  The glass jar is from a thrift store, and I made the "home sweet home" 4x6 sign/frame.

If you're not sure how to start, think of what kinds of textures you like.  I'm a woods, whites, glass and greenery farmhouse-type girl, so that's what I got.  You can get ideas off Pinterest, and lay those things out in the store to see how they look together.  (I've done this in the middle of a store before, with 2 cranky kids in the cart, but you just do what you gotta do!)

Things that always go good together:

  • Metal
  • Wood
  • Glass
  • Whites/grays
  • and greenery for color

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The very first thing I did was lay out all the things I wanted to go on the tray.  They didn't all end up fitting, but it's nice to see how the colors and shapes work together.  I'll figure out what to do with the rest later.

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The next thing was to snip the lamb's ear stems into small sections with the middle part of these pliers.  Any old wire cutter/snips work too.

**Do NOT use good scissors to cut any faux florals!  I ruined a pair trying that once.  Didn't know you could ruin a sturdy pair of scissors, but leave it to me to figure that out the hard way.**

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I even cut some of these in half to make them a little shorter.

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I started with the big items first.  The "home sweet home" sign/frame fit well on the bottom, and I like that it took up most of the bottom tray.

I opened the tiny box and put it on the left side of the middle tray.  I moved the "home sweet home" sign/frame to the right on the bottom tray, to try and balance the look of the open tiny box, but it looked weird, so I kept it in the middle.

I knew I wanted to hang the beads off the side, to give the whole tray more dimension, and the right side worked perfectly.  This particular one came with super long strings on each end that were all the same length, so I cut them randomly to give the ends a little more pizzazz.  (Do people still say "pizzazz?")

That miniature milk jug I found in the fairy garden section of Hobby Lobby- just snipped off the metal wire on the bottom.  (I think it's supposed to stick out of the ground or in a potted plant..?  I don't know anything about fairy gardens).

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After the bigger stuff was set where I liked it, I moved onto the brown ball things.  I have no idea what these are called, but they're cute.  There are small nut-type ones, bigger twig-type ones, and some rope ones.  I filled the glass jar on the bottom tray with the nuts, stuck some twig-type ones in the open box, then filled it with a couple nuts.

I basically just put them wherever they looked good.  I tried to spread out the sizes so no two similar ones were next to each other.

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Next was the lamb's ear and cotton.  This was my favorite part because I love adding greenery everywhere.  I had to scale back because I tend to go overboard.

**The real trick here is to stop every once in a while and stand back a few feet to look at the tray from the front.**  That's how you're going to see it anyway, so what it looks like from the sides and back doesn't matter.

I liked to complement the lamb's ear with the cotton, so almost everywhere I put lamb's ear, I put a piece of cotton also.

The tealight in the tiny glass jar adds a bit of elegance to the top.  Maybe I'll light it and show you what it looks like at night... totally joking.

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Told ya I'd figure out what to do with the left over stuff!  I added another one of my sign/frames, with some lamb's ear on the bottom for contrast.  I had a pre-made cotton bouquet in a milk jar that I use for my product photography, so I grabbed that too.  And what do you know?  Those little twig-type balls fit nicely right around the jar.

The general design "rule" is to use odd numbers of things, so I used 3 twig-type balls, 5 lamb's ear leaves, and wait... 2 cotton balls in the bouquet..?  Ok, scratch that and do what looks good to you!

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**Best part of this whole process**

Both signs double as picture frames.  The little "home sweet home" one fits a 4x6, and the big "the world needs..." one fits an 8x10.  Both have removable glass (I removed the glass to prevent glare in the pictures), an easel back for portrait or landscape display, and a sawtooth hanger for wall mounting!

If you're looking for more signs and sayings for your neutral tiered tray, check out my other designs here!

 

*Maxley Designs is not affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with the brands/products mentioned above, or any of their subsidiaries or affiliates.  Just a girl who knows what she likes!*

Melissa P

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