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DIY Tiered Tray

DIY: Tiered Trays

Here's a cool DIY project perfect for Fall entertaining, from eco designer Danny Seo. This project is featured in Danny's new book Upcycling.

Mismatched or chipped plates and cups are something most people have in their kitchen cabinets. They are also the least expensive thing you can find at flea markets and yard sales. This upcycling project celebrates the individual design and worn look of these pieces by marrying them together into impressive tiered trays. The key to this project is the glue: E-6000. Surprised? For those of you who are flipping through the book instead of reading project to project, let me reiterate: it is an incredibly strong adhesive that will bond the pieces together so securely you can pick up the entire tiered tray with your fingertips without fear of it falling apart.

What You'll Need:

  • Mismatched glass, metal, or ceramic plates and cups,
  • E- 6000 glue
  • Painter’s tape.


How to Make It

  • The overall tiered trays look best when you stack pieces that are from the same family of material: glass, ceramic, or metal.
  • Place the largest plate on the bottom, and choose a cup to place in the middle; glue it in place by squeezing a generous amount of E-6000 glue on the bottom of the cup. Be sure to work in a well-ventilated place, since the glue is rather smelly.
  • Choose another plate to place on top of the cup, and secure it in place by squeezing more glue onto the rim of the cup.
  • Repeat these steps until you finish the tray.
  • Secure everything in place by wrapping painter’s tape all around the tray, and allow it to dry for 24 hours before using.
  • If you want to wash the trays, be sure to hand wash them and dry them with a clean towel.


Thanks Danny! Want to see even more eco, upcyled decorating and entertaining projects? Then pick up Danny's new book Upcycling.

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