Trays for holding wine glasses and edibles come in all colors, shapes, and designs, but they have many other uses. Use beautiful trays to decorate the home in dramatic new ways with the following creative ideas. Eye-catching trays can be used as dining table centerpieces, side table décor, to hold plants, photos, and far more. Give these ideas a try, and decorate with trays that would otherwise hold nothing but dust.
Display Indoor Plants on Pretty Wooden or Metal Trays
When looking for ways to decorate with pretty trays, use them to highlight lush green plants in color-coordinating planters. This is a great way to decorate with trays that would otherwise have no other use, and they will protect a wooden table or ledge from moisture damage.
If the planters are likely to leak, or if the plants naturally drip from the tips of the leaves, protect wood trays with coats of polyurethane. Metal can be further protected with spray-on clear coat. Read product labels to find the most appropriate products according to the trays that will be used to display live plants.
Decorate with Unique New Photo Frames
Standard photo frames are not the only items that can be used to frame pictures. When looking for unique new ways to decorate with photos, put stylish old trays to good use. Center photos of appropriate size on wood or metal trays and decorate a bare wall. Use sturdy adhesive to secure a pop tab to the back of a lightweight photo-embellished tray. Heavier wooden varieties can be outfitted with picture hangers. Photos of scenery, people, or even unframed works of art can be used in conjunction with trays to decorate a blank wall in unique new ways.
Create Lovely New Dining Table Centerpieces with Trays
When many people think of table centerpieces they envision vases of flowers or bowls of faux fruit, but many more options exist. Use a pretty tray to decorate a table with a lovely candlelit centerpiece. Place three or more pillar candles of varying heights on an attractive tray, and surround them with an array of polished stones, iridescent flat glass marbles, shells, or other eye-catching accessories that can be used to decorate a dining table. The centerpiece can be updated and changed when striving to decorate according to the season or for any reason. Wooden or metal trays provide endless decorating possibilities.