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Simple Steps to Style a Fall Tiered Tray

Want to add simple seasonal fall decor to any space in your home? Then follow these easy steps to create a beautiful fall tiered tray you will be proud to display.

Tiered trays are a super fun way to add seasonal decor anywhere in your home. Just grab your favorite tray and some pretty decor fillers and you’re ready to go.

Changing out your fillers creates a whole new look for each season. It’s so simple and inexpensive especially if you shop your home for items rather than buying everything new each season.

styled fall tiered tray completed for tutorial

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1. Select a Tray

You can use any 2 or 3 tiered tray you have or even use a flat tray if you prefer. There are trays in every style to match the vibe of your home whether it’s classic, modern, or farmhouse. I used a 2 tiered galvanized tray that I’ve had for a while.

I’d love a pretty wood farmhouse style but haven’t found one yet in my budget…

ya know ’cause I’m cheap…and they are kinda expensive! LOL

Maybe I’ll find one around the holidays in HomeGoods. Fingers crossed!

close up of empty tiered tray

2. Pick a Theme

Decide on a theme and color scheme for your tiered tray. Despite the warm temperatures outside the calendar says it’s now officially fall, so it was time to start some fall decorating around here.

I decided on a neutral color scheme for my fall tiered tray so I could put it in any room in our home. Plus I just love the look of warm woods and twine with grays and whites together.

Don’t you?

fall tiered tray styling tutorial

3. Choose your Anchor Pieces

Adding some larger anchor pieces doesn’t have to be expensive. I’ve been collecting Rae Dunn pottery for a while now so I just looked in my dining room hutch and grabbed a Thankful mug and small Gather canister.

I did buy the Hello Fall sign it was super cute & budget-friendly!

fall tiered tray stying tutorial with three anchor pieces

Placing your anchor pieces on small blocks creates some height and interest. Once my three anchor pieces were in place I could have some fun with adding more fall decor items.

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fall tiered tray styling tutorial with wood blocks

4. Seasonal Fall Decor

Have you made our simple no-sew sweater pumpkins that Anne shared?


Well, what are you waiting for?

If I can make them believe me then anyone can! I made a bunch out of Goodwill sweaters to decorate around our house this fall. Seriously so easy to make! I grabbed three small ones to add to my fall tiered tray.

sweater pumpkins added to fall tiered tray

They looked perfect mixed with that cute little guy in the front that I found at Vintage Market Days of Charlotte for only $4.

bottom of 2 tiered tray styled with sweater pumpkins

5. Add Filler

Decorative orbs & spheres come in different styles, textures, and colors and are a great decor staple to have on hand as a “filler”.

Every time I write “filler” I think of creating your own flower pots…you know how the saying goes…you should include different plants to have a thriller, filler, and spiller. I guess the same principles apply to tiered tray decorating. Haha!

natural twine and wood spheres added to fall tiered tray

I added some neutral twine and wood orbs that I borrowed from a dough bowl we have displayed. Now I’ll either have to buy some more or put the half-empty dough bowl away.

Finally, I added a garland of wood beads for more texture and interest…I guess the beads are my spiller. Strings of wood beads are another decor staple that can be used in so many places and ways around your home.

fall tiered tray with decorative orbs and other fall decor

6. Create a Vignette

Once your tray is complete where will you display it?

So many options…

maybe on your kitchen table or island?

or tucked on your kitchen counter?

or displayed on a bedroom dresser?

A tiered tray can be displayed really anywhere!

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I created a small vignette on a side table in our dining room with the fall tiered tray I made by adding a table runner and a wood lantern. Another cute little no-sew sweater pumpkin & twine orb finished off this vignette.

And now it’s starting to look like fall…at least inside!

fall tiered tray decorated with sweater pumpkins and rae dunn pottery

Hope you got some inspiration to style a fall tiered tray!

So tell me….

How will you style yours?

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