When you’re getting ready to decorate for Christmas, you might already have one of the most useful displays — a tiered tray.
Whether it’s a wooden tray or an antique dessert stand, these multi-level pieces are the perfect way to show off a collection of smaller items.
Set them on any open spot for instant festive appeal. Check out these spectacular ideas to inspire your own creative design.
List of Tiered Tray Decoration Essentials:
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- Mini Signs – Find them HERE
- Trucks – Find them HERE or HERE
- Mugs – Find them HERE or HERE
1. Create a Cozy Christmas Look with Buffalo Check Tiered Tray
When you want to create a cozy, classic Christmas setting, buffalo check is a beautiful choice.
Here, it appears on a mug, a jar wrap, and a sign, bringing a unified look to contrasting items.
Fill in the extra space with pine cones and tiny ornaments.
2. Add a Festive Vibe with a Galvanized Tiered Tray
Here’s another fun way to use buffalo check — this time, in a sweet black and white.
Red vintage truck elements bring an old-world vibe, and tiny Christmas trees bring a festive pop of color.
3. Decorate Your Home with Pine Garland and Tiered Cake Tray
Do you have a length of faux pine garland that’s too short to display?
No problem — wrap it around a tiered cake tray for an instant Christmas decoration.
A few white lights, frosted berries, and pine cones complete the design.
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4. Welcome Your Guests with a Coffee-Themed Christmas Tray
Welcome your holiday guests with a coffee-themed Christmas tray.
A stack of holiday mugs interspersed with holiday ornaments makes a cute holiday centerpiece.
Use your tray as a server, or leave it up for decoration.
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5. Rustic Christmas Gnome Tray Décor for a Festive Holiday Vibe
What’s cuter than Christmas gnomes?
Here, they accent a rustic wooden tray for a festive display item.
A mug of candy canes, a wooden sign, and snowy pinecones add a wintry vibe.
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6. A Colorful Christmas Tray – Red, White and Green Décor
This tray is all about the classic Christmas colors — it’s a joyous explosion of red, white, and green.
To recreate it, find all of the red and white decor elements you have.
Then, wrap a few strands of faux ivy around the base for a burst of freshness.
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7. Create a Cozy Cabin-Themed Christmas with a Wooden Tray
When you’re creating a cabin-themed Christmas, a wooden tray is a beautiful choice.
This beautiful tray is loaded with elements of the season: buffalo-check napkins and mugs, flocked mini-trees, pine boughs, and snowflakes.
If you look closer, you’ll spot an antler, a lodge size, and a bird — they bring in a natural vibe.
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8. Enjoy a Cup of Coffee with a Tiny Gnome Tray
A tiny gnome rests on the side of this cozy tray, which features everything you need for a cup of cocoa or coffee.
The real magic is in the chic color scheme, which features greys, rustic browns, and soft sage greens.
9. Spruce Up Your Tree with a Tiered Tray Décor
Do you have ornaments that don’t work with your Christmas tree theme?
Show them off on a tiered tray. Set them on top of a bed of decorative leaves, and you have a centerpiece that will delight all of your guests.
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10. Vintage Tiered-Tray with Rustic Truck and Gingerbread House
Step back in time with this vintage tiered-tray design, which features a rustic truck and a sweet gingerbread-style house.
Toss in a few tiny trees and a cute tin for a piece that dresses up your hallway table.
11. Creative Christmas Village Scene on a Tiered Round Tray
Create an unexpected twist on a classic Christmas village by using a round tray as the base.
The rim creates a natural boundary, so you can add snow and tiny characters in a perfectly contained spot.
Go with a wooden tray for an old-world look, or select crisp white metal for a snowy scene.
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12. Maximize Your Christmas Village with a Three-Tiered Tray
Add levels to your existing Christmas village with a three-tiered tray.
The gorgeous galvanized metal adds a soft shine and texture — all you need to do is load in your tiny houses and trees for a professionally styled look.
This is a great way to maximize the space on a tall shelf.
13. Impress Your Guests with a Festive Tiered Snack Tray
Are you expecting guests for the holidays?
Invite them to partake of the treats on your tiered snack tray.
Use one tier for cups, and load the others with drink mixes, candy canes, and other delicious goodies.
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14. Create a Cozy Cocoa Station with a Tiered Tray
Design an irresistible hot cocoa station using a large tiered tray.
Add cups and supplies, and toss in a few small ornaments or trees for a festive twist.
Keep the tray filled, and your family and friends will be warm and happy all season.
15. Rustic Farmhouse Tray with Textured Accents and Greenery
This farmhouse tray is all about textures — corroded metal, rustic wooden beads, fabric wrapping paper, and natural greenery.
This gorgeous mix creates a laid-back charm and sets the stage for tiny red and white accent pieces.
16. DIY Farmhouse-Style Tray with Flocked Garland
When you want a fast DIY project with a big visual impact, this farmhouse-inspired tray is a good option.
Short lengths of flocked garland create a convenient canvas for anything you have on hand — lights, ornaments, and pine cones are a great place to start.
A vintage doll hat tops off the arrangement.
17. Add Charm to a Modern Farmhouse with Copper Tray Décor
If you have a modern farmhouse, this sleek copper tray will fit right in.
The joy is in the details — and with its wide collection of festive garlands, ornaments, signs, and mugs, there’s plenty to look at.
18. Gingerbread-Themed Farmhouse Tray with Festive Treats
Your little cookie-lovers will adore this gingerbread-themed farmhouse tray.
It’s filled with all of the treats of Christmas, from tiny gingerbread ornaments to miniature mixing bowls.
Stick to a cohesive color palette for a sophisticated twist.
19. Galvanized Metal Christmas Tray with Copper & Wood Accents
Take advantage of beautiful galvanized metal with this Christmas tray, which mixes in copper and wood elements for a thrilling blend of textures.
Pine cones, wooden beads, and a vintage Christmas card add just the right combination of colors.
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20. Rustic Galvanized Metal Tray with Ornaments
Are you looking for traditional Christmas decorations?
A galvanized metal tray makes a rustic base for red, white, and green ornaments.
Load up whatever you have on hand, and top it off with a hand-lettered chalkboard sign for good measure.
21. The Sweet and Sumptuous Gingerbread Tray
This gingerbread tray looks good enough to eat.
That’s because it displays all of the delicious elements of a gingerbread house, from marshmallows to the gingerbread itself.
The classic colors are accented with rich browns for a sweet, down-home vibe.
22. Celebrate the Grinch with a Festive Themed Tray
Celebrate everyone’s favorite Grinch with this themed tray. The secret?
Use a bright Grinch green in place of typical forest green for a fun, vibrant effect. Bonus points if your display features the Grinch himself.
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23. Celebrate the Christmas Grinch with Colorful Figurines
Here’s another way to celebrate everyone’s favorite Christmas character.
Comical miniature figurines and the Grinch’s signature lime green color create a bright and brilliant decoration for any corner of the house.
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24. Rustic Christmas Centerpiece with a Metal Tiered Tray
Create a charming rustic centerpiece for Christmas using a brushed metal tiered tray.
Piles of snow-covered branches make a lush base for vintage vehicles, ornaments, and any other items that are precious to your crew.
25. Create a Gourmet Cocoa Station with Decorative Tray
This cocoa tray doubles as a serving station and a decorative item.
To recreate it, simply load a tray with cocoa powder and canisters of delicious dippers.
Your guests or children can serve themselves and create a gourmet drink.
26. Add Flair with Christmas Tray with Adorable Red Truck Accent
This cute Christmas tray stands out from the crowd due to one thing: a bright red truck that sits atop the handle.
The tiers are filled with beautiful red and white elements, with a few green pine branches tucked in for a traditional holiday look.
27. Rustic Christmas Vignette with a Single-Tier Tiered Tray
There’s no reason your tiered tray has to be large — here, a single-tier creates levels for handmade wooden signs.
Paint your own, or buy them premade for a rustic Christmas vignette.
28. Create a Refined Look with Tiered Tray with Neutral Palette
Are you looking for sophisticated Christmas decor?
Try a neutral color palette.
Here, rustic brown, gold, and shades of cream combine to create a super-chic piece.
29. Illuminate Your Home with a White and Beige Christmas Tray
Brighten your wintry home with an all-white and beige Christmas tray.
This clever arrangement uses a wide variety of items, including gingerbread houses, reindeer, white trees, rolled-up book pages, and even wooden Scrabble tiles.
30. Classic Christmas Tray with White and RedAccents
It doesn’t get any more classic than this stunning Christmas tray, which uses white accents to set off the rich browns, greens, and reds.
The deep, traditional colors are the perfect way to ring in the season in a farmhouse or historic home.
31. Santa-Themed Christmas Tray for Your Kids
Keep your kids on their toes with a Santa-themed Christmas tray.
Traditional holiday items set the stage for the jolly elf himself, who peeks out of a chimney. We love the black elements, which bring a fun, modern vibe.
32. Create a Scandinavian Atmosphere with a Pale Wooden Tray
Bring a chic Scandinavian vibe to your holiday decorations with a pale wooden tray.
Other light-toned wooden elements pair perfectly with cream, green, and black for a modern-rustic look. Tiny hints of red keep things feeling festive.
33. Old-World Christmas Décor with Vintage Tray Centerpiece
This vintage Christmas tray is packed with old-world elements, creating an instant conversation starter with every holiday visitor.
Anything goes — just gather your favorite ornaments and tuck greenery into the mix.
34. Sophisticated Winter Village Display on a Wood and Metal Tray
A wood and metal tray makes a sophisticated setting for a tiny winter village in this creative decorative piece.
The elegance originates in the minimalist color palette; a tiny hint of red makes a bold finishing touch.
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