10 Ways to Style a Wooden Tray

So if you’ve been around these parts for a while now you probably know that I have a tiny little obsession with wooden trays. I literally use them EVERYWHERE in our home and they’ve shown up countless times here on the blog. You might even get tired of seeing them because I use them so darn much, but I just can’t help it. They’re one of the best home decor items a girl can own in my humble opinion. You can not only style them in countless ways, but they’re also pretty affordable. AND you can even make a wooden tray yourself (check out this post to see how I made one a few years ago!)  Anyway, today I thought it would be fun to share 10 ways to style a wooden tray. You can literally use them anywhere in your home, so here’s a few ideas to get you started!

1. Breakfast Tray with Extra Plates & Fresh Flowers

10 Ways to Style a Wooden Tray. Simple ways to style a wooden tray in any room in your home.

2. Reading Tray 

10 Ways to Style a Wooden Tray. Simple ways to style a wooden tray in any room in your home.

3. Simple Bedroom Coffee Tray 

10 Ways to Style a Wooden Tray. Simple ways to style a wooden tray in any room in your home.

4. Fresh Greenery + Old Seed Packets

10 Ways to Style a Wooden Tray. Simple ways to style a wooden tray in any room in your home.

5. Tray for Coffee + Tea Canisters

10 ways to style a wooden tray. Simple ideas for every room in you home.

6. Essential Oil Tray 

 10 ways to style a wooden tray. Simple ideas for every room in you home.

7. Simple Centerpiece + Greenery 

10 Ways to Style a Wooden Tray. Simple ways to style a wooden tray in any room in your home.

8. Family Photos + Candle

10 ways to style a wooden tray. Simple ideas for any room in your home!

9. Garden Caddy + Garden Centerpiece 

10 ways to style a wooden tray. Simple ideas for every room in you home.

10. Dessert Tray 

10 Ways to Style a Wooden Tray. Simple ways to style a wooden tray in any room in your home.

Whew! High five to those of you that made it through all of those photos. It took a while to put all of these different looks together, but I really hope this helped give you a few ideas to style a wooden tray in any room of your home. They really are just so darn handy and definitely one of my favorite things!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I am always grateful when you spend part of your day here with me. xo

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35 Comments

  1. Shannon Mulcahy wrote:

    You might just be the queen of tray decorating! Love the tray in #8!

    Posted 1.24.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      haha thank you Shannon!!

      Posted 1.25.19 Reply
  2. Melissa Filson wrote:

    Sarah, I love all of these ideas but the garden tray has to be my favorite!! So stinkin cute!!!

    Posted 1.24.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Ohhhh I love that one too Melissa!!

      Posted 1.25.19 Reply
  3. Deborah wrote:

    So cute!! Could you tell me where you got the pitcher in the Breakfast tray photo?

    Posted 1.24.19 Reply
  4. I’m lovin those trays Sarah! You style them so sweet! Have a great Day. Thanks Sarah! xoxoxo💗💟😀

    Posted 1.24.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      ah thank you Becky!! xo

      Posted 1.25.19 Reply
  5. Darlene wrote:

    I love wooden trays and anything else with wood, love the garden tray, they are all useful and so cute.

    Posted 1.24.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Right there with you Darlene–they are SO handy!

      Posted 1.25.19 Reply
  6. Cathy Davis wrote:

    Hi Sarah,
    Love the tray ideas. They would be complimentary anywhere you put them.

    Sarah, my question to you is. How did you paint your dining room furniture? Did you use an air compressor and sprayer or did you paint the set by hand? How did you seal the set?

    I am so thrilled to have subscribed to your blog as your style is so comfortable and cozy.

    Sincerely,

    Posted 1.24.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      I just paint by hand actually! And then if I seal any furniture it’s with either a clear poly or clear wax. I recommend the poly if you will be using the piece a lot or have it come in contact with water! Wax just doesn’t hold up that well–in my experience anyway!

      Posted 1.25.19 Reply
  7. Debbie Hernandez wrote:

    I love wooden trays too and I have them several places and NOW I am even going to put one in my own bedroom and redecorate the one I have in our guest room due to your ideas you suggested. THANKS for ALL your wonderful decorating ideas. I truly look forward to reading each blog post.

    Posted 1.24.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh yay! Thanks so much for dropping by Debbie. xo

      Posted 1.25.19 Reply
  8. Vicki wrote:

    So pretty! I am also totally tray obsessed. Not only wooden ones, but also vintage silver, tole painted, wicker basket style, etc. pretty much anything that looks vintage/cottage style. My new favorite is a round wicker one with black metal handles I found at Target for $20. I styled for Christmas with a pitcher of greenery, gold reindeer from Target, a small Christmas book and a mug with cinnamon sticks. I also have one on my coffee table I like to change seasonally. They are so darn fun!

    Posted 1.24.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Ohhhh I love wicker trays too Vicki!! They add so much texture. Sounds like you style did perfectly for Christmas!

      Posted 1.25.19 Reply
  9. Tammy Clark wrote:

    You are blessed with a very special gift. I loved every one of the 10 ways to decorate with trays. Very talented my girl, very talented. Thanks for sharing.

    Posted 1.24.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh my goodness thank you Tammy–I really appreciate that!! xo

      Posted 1.25.19 Reply
  10. Sandee wrote:

    Love it all. We have such similar taste!
    I’m obsessed with trays too.

    Posted 1.24.19 Reply
  11. Shelia P. wrote:

    Hi Sarah! Thanks for all the ideas! Don’t ever apologize about putting up too many photos, that’s what we want to see is more photos, more ideas! The more pictures the better I say! I just love the way your house just Flows from one room to the next. That’s something I’ve always struggled with when trying to decorate my house. You’ve just done a lovely job with your home. Keep sending us more ideas, we just gobble them up, lol!
    Shelia P.

    Posted 1.24.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      ah thank you so much Sheila! I really appreciate that–so glad you enjoy all the photos! xo

      Posted 1.25.19 Reply
  12. Tammy wrote:

    Love the seed packs in the wire holder! What is the wire holder for originally? Would love to find one, I have a bunch of old seed packs and didnt know how to use them. Great idea!

    Posted 1.25.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Hi Tammy, I’m not sure what that little holder was originally. I think it was just a wire photo holder!

      Posted 1.25.19 Reply
  13. Faith wrote:

    CUTENESS OVERLOAD! I loved all of them.
    But I especially favor #9…the garden one. Maybe cause spring is around the corner! 🌱 ☀️🌷

    Posted 1.25.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      I love that one too!! Thanks for stopping by Faith. xo

      Posted 1.25.19 Reply
  14. Amy wrote:

    Thank you so much! Great suggestions.

    Posted 1.25.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      thanks for dropping by Amy!

      Posted 1.25.19 Reply
  15. Sheila wrote:

    I’ve been struggling with my table decorating lately. This helps a lot. Thanks for sharing Sarah!

    Posted 1.25.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      thanks for stopping by Sheila! xo

      Posted 1.25.19 Reply
  16. Debbie wrote:

    I just love all the ways you styled the trays. Each one is more beautiful than the next. You are always so creative in the way you style things. I guess as you showed..the sky is the limit when styling a tray or anything else. Beautiful as always sweet friend ❤️

    Posted 1.25.19 Reply
  17. Susan wrote:

    Love these ideas, and gave me some ideas for making some new ones. Also in one of the photos I love love the old bed spring idea behind the bed! And I just happen to have one waiting for something to do special with it.Thank you so much for all you share. Big fan!

    Posted 1.28.19 Reply
  18. Pat wrote:

    Hi Sarah, enjoy your blog as a new subscriber. Would you share the source for the white chairs/maybe recliners. Thank you!

    Posted 1.31.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      thank you so much Pat! Those recliners are from Wal Mart actually. I’ll be doing a full review soon!

      Posted 2.1.19 Reply
  19. Candy wrote:

    Good Evening Sarah
    I love how you display the items on the trays. They look awesome.
    Thanks so much for sharing these

    Posted 1.31.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      thank you Candy!!

      Posted 2.1.19 Reply

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