DIY It – A Gradient Typography Serving Tray

One of the downfalls of this whole blogging thing is that I prepare so far in advance for holidays that by the time the holiday actually rolls around, I’m over it. Holiday’s are always my favorite times of the year. I love celebrating every holiday (although Christmas might just be my favorite) with DIY’s, crafts, and activities, but I have to admit I’ve already moved past Halloween and have begun thinking about Thanksgiving and Christmas. So just ignore me if you all are still on the Halloween train, and come check back in next week to catch up on all the fun fall and Thanksgiving themed posts I have coming this week. No, I’m kidding. Don’t leave. Just keep reading. You know you want to!

Now that I have convinced you to hop on the Thanksgiving train with me, let’s talk today’s DIY. One of the best parts of Thanksgiving (aside from the actual being thankful part) is PIE! So why not celebrate pie for the tasty magical dessert it is and create the perfect pie serving tray? With a little colorful gradient action and a bit of typography, this DIY serving tray is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving celebrations. But in all honesty, it could be used all year long. Because, well, ….Pie!

To make this simple serving tray, I followed my tutorial for the colorful yarn serving tray I made last month, but skipped the yarn addition. So, once you have followed along over there, you will have a nice plain wooden tray and a piece of acrylic that fits into the tray. You can also use a store bought or thrifted tray if you don’t want to make your own. Keep following along below for the full tutorial.

The Supplies:

  • Wooden serving tray
  • White spray paint
  • Color spray paint in several coordinating colors (I used pink, peach, hot pink, green apple, and light blue)
  • Vinyl letters or a vinyl cutter (like the Silhouette Cameo), adhesive vinyl, masking and this cut file

Begin by spray painting your tray white. Once dry, use your vinyl letters to spell out your phrase on the tray, or use the cut file above to create your own Enjoy Life, Eat Pie vinyl cutout. If using the vinyl cutter, cut your vinyl, remove the negative space, lay the masking over the vinyl letters, and rub with a credit card. Now lift up the masking and place on the tray where you want your phrase to be.

Rub the letters to adhere them to the tray and then gently peel back the masking.

Now take your tray outside and spray bursts of color in the corners and sides of the tray letting the over spray blend with the other colors. You will want to make sure that all the letters are covered with paint and that the only white areas are on the sides of the tray.

Once the paint is dry, peel the vinyl off the tray, place your piece of acrylic on top and you have a food safe, gradient typography tray perfect for serving that Thanksgiving pie.

This tray also does double duty as a coffee table tray or even a piece of wall art. Just add a few picture hanging brackets to the back and you have a fun piece of art to hang up above the dessert table.

So tell me, are you a pie person, or does cake rock your world? Oh, and yes those are pie slice sugar cookies. Aren’t they cute?!

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  1. Haley

    October 24th, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Love the tray! Love pie! Love holiday DIY's (no matter what time of year)! Love the pie sugar cookies! Love it all!


    October 25th, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Thank you!

  3. monica

    October 25th, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Hi is AMAZING!!! love your signature bright colors! what kind/brand of paint did you use?


    October 25th, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    My favorite spray paint is Montana Gold. It comes in so many colors and give a pretty matte finish. You can find it online in several places, but the best deal I have found is at Jerry's Artarama.

  5. monica

    October 25th, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    awesome thank you, i've never tired that brand, very excited to give it a try!



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