3 Tiered Tray

Posted by on May 1, 2012 in organization | 32 comments

You may have seen the great 3 tiered tray from Uncommon Designs. You can see how to make it here.  After seeing theirs, I knew that I wanted to make something similar.  Here is what I came up with.

This project began with a lovely clearance find from Hobby Lobby.  (I just love the clearance aisle!)

The set of 3 for $2.72!  They are made out of this great galvanized metal with a dark finish.  Very industrial!  I love it!

Due to the industrial feel of the trays, I thought that the hardware store might be just the place to find the other pieces.  I am not even sure what these pieces are used for, but I found them at Haynes Hardware – our True Value Hardware store.

A small piece for the “topper” and 2 pipes to form the stands.  I know that I got the pipes in the plumbing section.  I was thrilled that they were also the same dark metal finish!  I think that the topper was called a wire thimble?  I should have written it down.  I felt like I would remember.  What was I thinking?  I never remember anything!  And, some Gorilla Glue to glue it all together.  I had never used this stuff, so I was not sure what to expect.

Following the directions on the glue, I glued the pieces together.  Pretty easy!

I have plans for it in my new workspace.  I think that I am going to head back over to Hobby Lobby tomorrow to see if they have another set.  So, if you live in Murfreesboro – you better not buy the last set :)!  I am going to have the girls make one for my dad for his wood shop.  It would look great with pencils, nails, etc. . .

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  1. I love reading your blog – you are so creative! Now I am going to have to go to another Hobby Lobby and see if they have the trays so I can make me one. I am friends with Marissa Bailey and she recommended I check out your blog and I am so glad she did. You do great work.

    • So sweet! Thanks for checking out the blog. I love to make things! My mind is always spinning with ideas! Good luck finding the trays. I am going to try to find another set myself! Great Father’s Day gift!

  2. Your blog is GREAT! Thanks for the great inspiration!!!

    XO, Aimee

    • Thanks for coming over! So sweet!

  3. Great job, I would have never known it was handmade! It’s very lovely! I’m now a follower

    • Yeah! Thanks for being my newest follower!!!

  4. haha, I love that you don’t know what the things you bought at the hardware store are – I would have no idea either!
    That is a great idea though, I’m going to on the look out for cheap trays now! 🙂

    • Good luck in finding some! And, sorry that I was no help with the hardware supplies. Looks like you will have to wander around aimlessly looking for metal findings as well! The man working at the store asked if he could help; I just told him that I was going to look around. I do not think he would have understood the craft?!

  5. I love this! Great idea.

    • Thanks! Uncommon Designs gave me the inspiration!

  6. Oh how I love this creation! And I love things on clearance at HL! I must head over there now and see if I can find me some! Thanks for sharing!

    • Glad to share! I am going to have to find another set to make one for by dad for Father’s Day. It would be great for his workshop! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. What a cool idea! This tray looks amazing. Love your ingenuity…and the price can’t be beat. Great job!! (visiting through The Shabby Nest)

    • Gotta love the hardware store. The older gentleman working there could not quite figure out what I was trying to do?! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. I love the rustic feel to it!

  9. This is so great!! I love how industrial it looks!
    I featured it today in my Crush of the Week post!

    • Thanks for the feature and for hosting!

  10. This is so cool and I’ll be featuring you tomorrow at the {what’s shakin’ link party}!! Thanks so much for sharing and joining the party!

  11. Super cute and how clever of you to think of it and pull it off. Especially the hardware store browse part.
    It turned out great.

    • It is amazing what you kind find when you look through the hardware store! The men working there are always a little amused; I am sure they think I am a little fruity when they ask me what I am looking for and I try to explain one of my projects. I don’t mind being good for a laugh!

  12. This is really wonderful, what a great idea, and what a cool display piece. thanks so much for linking up to VIF!

  13. super cute! i would love for you to add this to my weekend link party. check it out here:
    {love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com

    • Thanks! I will have to check out your party!

  14. Hi Melissa,
    I found this page and 3-tier tray of yours searching online for art storage ideas, and after having seen the first post about the one from Pottery Barn.
    I’m also trying to find a cheaper option but with no success, and I found something that I could turn into a 3-tiered one, but not as cheap as yours. I would be spending about maybe $60-70 instead of $110, so I wanted to ask you something.
    Have you tried this tray, does the fact that it’s glued instead of the pipes screwed on make a difference with its strength? I’m wondering if just being glued instead of inserted in the bases may mean that it may not hold.
    I hope you don’t mind me asking you this.
    Thank you so much!

  15. Hi! Would you mind if I share your blog with my twitter group?
    There’s a lot of folks that I think would really appreciate your content.
    Please let me know. Many thanks

  16. Just found your blog via this fantastic project on Pinterest, and am now following along. LOVE this cute tray and hope to do something similar to hold my jewelry items. Thanks so much for sharing. Can’t wait to look through and see the other crafty things you’ve done.

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    Thanks so much and I’m taking a look ahead to contact you.
    Will you please drop me a mail?

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  20. Just love the tiered tray craft..


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