I am excited to share this easy tutorial from anna and blue paperie for creating a DIY tiered stand that can not only hold desserts and holiday decor, but can also act as an organizational station for all of the little things that might be cluttering your office desk or craft room. With just a few inexpensive materials, you will have a designer-quality tiered stand in no time at all.

tiered stand

Materials: 

  • 3 wooden nesting trays
  • Spindles or candlesticks (I used metal candlesticks that unscrewed to create different lengths)
  • Spray paint
  • Fine-grain sandpaper
  • All-purpose glue
  • Optional — knobs and/or dowel feet

tiered stand materials

Step 1: Spray-paint the trays, candlesticks, and dowel feet/knobs with two coats. Allow to fully dry.

tiered stand spray paint

tiered stand spray paint

Step 2: Using your fine grain sand paper, gently sand over any rough patches on your trays until smooth. To achieve a distressed look, simply sand until some of the natural color of the wood comes through.

tiered stand sandpaper

Step 3: If you’re adding legs to your tray, squeeze glue onto the bottom of one of your dowels/knobs and place onto a corner on the bottom of your largest tray. Repeat this step for each dowel leg and set aside to dry. Once dry, squeeze glue onto the bottom of a candlestick/spindle and place in the center of your tray.  Set aside to dry.

tiered stand glue

Step 4: Take your middle tray and squeeze glue to the bottom of one candlestick/spindle and place in the center of the top side of the tray. Squeeze glue to the top of the candlestick/spindle and gently set your last tray on top.  Set aside to dry.

tiered stand

Step 5: Squeeze glue to adhere a knob to the top of the shortest candlestick/spindle. Once adhered, squeeze glue to the bottom side of the candlestick/spindle and place in the center of the top tray. Set aside to dry.

tiered stand knob

Step 6: Take your largest tray and add glue to the top of the candlestick/spindle and gently place the middle and top trays onto the candlestick/spindle.  Set tiered stand aside to dry for 48 to 72 hours.

tiered stand

Once your tiered tray is completely dry, add holiday decor and desserts!

tiered stand treats

tiered stand decor

tiered stand decor

Invite friends over to celebrate the season (and sample treats from your stand!) with the free Evite invitation below or others from Evite’s holiday party or Christmas invitation galleries.

Sparkling Shindig invitation

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