DIY Popsicle Stick Serving Tray Upscale

by | Jan 9, 2019 | Crafts | 0 comments

You know those white trays that are commonly used as breakfast or a serving trays? Boring! I had another one of these serving trays laying around my house and I finally decided enough is enough and that it was time to spruce up my boring white serving tray. This DIY project is super simple and can be done in about 15-20 minutes. If you’re interested in another DIY serving tray project, click here. Check it out!

Supplies Needed

  • Unfinished breakfast/serving tray
  • Large popsicle sticks/tongue depressors
  • Chalk paint additive
  • Antique white paint
  • Turquoise paint
  • Key West blue paint
  • Granite grey paint
  • Caribbean blue paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Two 5 lb. weights
  • Hardcover book
  • Clear coat sealant


Step 1. Paint the tray

Take your chalk paint and your antique white paint and mix them together at a 50/50 ratio. Once you have mixed your chalk paint and white paint together, paint the entire serving tray white. Allow the paint to dry completely before moving on.

Chalk paint and white paint mixed together

A paint brush paints white paint on a serving tray

A serving tray painted white


Step 2. Cut the rounded ends off of the popsicle sticks

Using your scissors, cut the rounded ends off of the popsicle sticks, leaving a rectangular shape. Next, take your sandpaper and smooth out the rough edges where you just cut on the popsicle sticks.

A pair of scissors cutting the rounded ends off of a popsicle stick

Rubbing a popsicle stick on sandpaper to remove the rough edges


Step 3. Arrange popsicle sticks inside of the tray

Take your popsicle sticks and arrange them on the inside bottom of your tray. To add variety to the tray, cut your popsicle sticks into different sizes and arrange them in varying lengths.

Popsicle sticks cut to different sizes on the bottom of the tray

Popsicle sticks arranged neatly on the bottom of a serving tray


Step 4. Paint your popsicle sticks

I chose to use some nice blues and gray for my popsicle sticks, but you can choose whatever paint colors you’d like. Mix your paints, take the arranged popsicle sticks off of the tray and paint the popsicle sticks. The colors I used were Antique White, Turquoise, Key West Blue, Granite Gray, and Caribbean Blue.

5 paint colors lined up with 4 paint colors on a styrofoam plate

Painted popsicle sticks scattered on a table


Step 5. Glue the popsicle sticks into place

Take your wood glue and glue each popsicle stick piece into place on your serving tray. While the glue is drying, put the book and weights on top of the popsicle sticks to make sure that they dry nice and flat against the serving tray.

Two 5 lb weights and a hardcover book being used to weigh down the popsicle sticks while the glue is drying


Step 6. Spray the tray with a clear sealant

The last step is simply to increase the durability and longevity of your DIY popsicle stick serving tray. Allow to dry completely. After that, you’re finished!

a DIY upcycled serving tray decorated with popsicle sticks