How To Make A Two Tier Tray Using Thrifted Picture Frames

Making a Two Tier Tray has been on my to-do list for a very long time. Every time I go into a thrift store I am on the lookout for just the right goodies. You never know what you may find in a thrift store which is good reason to go often!

I’ve joined forces with a bunch of talented thrift store loving bloggers to share some DIY projects we created with our thrift store finds! My January project is that two tier tray I finally made!

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How To Make A Two Tier Tray Using Thrifted Picture Frames

It’s a New Year and a new Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! We took a few months off for the holidays, but we are back to show you more upcycled thrift ideas! This time we have joined forces with even more bloggers and have tons of thrifty upcycle ideas to get those wheels spinning.

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

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How To Make A Two Tier Tray Using Thrifted Picture Frames

The kitchen is the best place to gather around the table for conversation and a beverage. It’s where we are enjoying our new Two Tier Tray for now during Valentine season. It is nice to have an excuse to use our vintage Avon Cape Cod collection serving pieces and coffee cups too. Do we really need an excuse to create such pleasurable moments?

These crusty old picture frames were a thrift store find a few months ago. I knew they had potential when I spotted them. The gold reminds me of 70’s decor. 


◊ Two crusty old thrift store picture frames

◊ Pretty craft paper

◊ Rust-OLeum Metallic Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint

◊ E6000 Glue

◊ Wooden candlestick (thrifted)

◊ Decorative Metal handle (thrifted)

How To Make A Two Tier Shelf Using Thrift Store Picture Frames

I chose this pretty toile print craft paper to decorate the tray itself. These craft paper sheets are only about 50¢. Some may be more but they are frequently half price at Hobby Lobby. 

How To Make A Two Tier Shelf Using Thrift Store Picture Frames

Those crusty old picture frames were actually pretty well made. There were screws to hold the back on. After removing the screws I gave the frames a good cleaning. Then I gave the glass a good cleaning. It was super dirty. I centered the glass on my craft paper and marked the cut using a pencil.

You could easily glue the paper to the glass using Mod Podge which dries clear however, I realize I can change the paper out for seasonal decor so I did not glue the paper into place.

The frames, candle holder and decorative metal handle were all painted using Rust-Oleum Metallic Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint.

After all the paint was dry, I glued the pieces together using E6000. 

All done. Easy peasy upcycle project. Total cost is only about $7.

My decorative metal handle on the top tier came from a thrifted glass candy dish. It was screwed on to that dish and easy to remove. I did have to use a piece of sand paper to smooth out the bottom before I could glue it onto the top tray. I love the scroll on it and how it goes so well with the toile print craft paper.

How To Make A Two Tier Tray

And now for more thrifty goodness!

Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!

Thank you for sharing!

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  1. This is an awesome project Shirley! Pinned to share and save. Thanks for stopping by to link up and share your posts with us this week on Brag About It!

  2. Love it and it’s so unique. I would have never thought of using pic frames. Thanks Shirley from Grammy Dee, #WednesdayAIM #LinkUp #BlogParty, social media shared.

  3. What a lovely job you did making this two-tiered table which is useful and decorative. I do admire people who can be creative – I think I missed out on that gene unfortunately. I’m visiting from Wednesday AIM Link Party. I’d love you to link and share this with us at Over the Moon Link Party. have a lovely day.

  4. Your two-tier tray is so attractive! This was a great upcycle from bits and pieces that someone might have in their stash or pick up at a yard sale. I love projects like this! The result is a really sophisticated piece that looks like the parts always belonged together.

  5. I’ve seen a lot of tiered trays but never on made from thrifted picture frames. Great idea and you carried it out beautifully. Thank you for sharing your creation at the Snickerdoodle Create~Bake~Make link party!

  6. I love what you have created here, so pretty and a clever use of old things. Your link up is very like mine so when I have something I’ve bought and added value to I’ll share with you too.

    Thank you for linking up at #Trsh2Treasure

  7. My family is threatening to stage an intervention if I buy any more tiered trays or cake stands, LOL! However, making one from thrifted items may get me off the hook! I love the idea of not gluing the paper to the glass so it’s interchangeable.

  8. A two tiered tray has been on my to-do list for awhile as well and I even had picked up some old silver trays to use. This is definitely inspiration to finish that project. I never would have thought to use the frames. Clever!

  9. I suddenly had that “why I didn’t think of that” moment. When visiting thrift stores I normally buy pictures and frames but never round ones, now a new world of opportunity has opened before my eyes, thanks so much for the inspiration, love love love your tier tray. I’d love if you share it on our link up party so others can be inspired too.
    Enjoy the weekend!

  10. I love this tray and it was so smart for your to leave the paper so that you can change it out for the seasons. The handle is the best, just the finishing touch it needed. So happy to be joining you on the Thrift Store Upcycle challenge!

  11. Those picture frames were totally 70’s decor!! Wow! You saved them from the 70’s and your two-tier tray looks amazing. I love the beautiful craft paper. I thought it was fabric at first. You did an awesome job. I love everything about your tray. Gorgeous!

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