How-to Layer and Style a Farmhouse Tray

Layering is The Secret

Today I’m sharing How to Layer and Style an Autumn Farmhouse Tray as part of a blog hop with some of my favorite bloggers.  After you check out this easy DIY head to the bottom of the post and check out all of the other beautiful farmhouse trays!

How to Layer and Style an Autumn Farmhouse Tray

I have come to realize that so many of the decorating looks I like are achieved by layering.  Since I realized that my decorating has taken on a whole new look and one I like so much better.

This farmhouse style autumn tray is an example of that and it is so easy to make.  I didn’t even buy anything new.  I used fall decor I already had on hand.

How to Layer and Style an Autumn Farmhouse Tray

How-to Layer and Style a Farmhouse Tray

How to Layer and Style an Autumn Farmhouse Tray

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Supplies ~ See Links and Recommendations Below

Wooden tray

Smaller container of a similar material that will fit inside of your main tray

Faux leaf branches

Small faux plant

Hydrangea cluster

Pumpkin seed packet

One large faux pumpkin

Smaller pumpkins and gourds

Shredded paper

Battery operated tea lights – if you have a remote control that makes it even better.  You can turn them on and off without having to disrupt your tray

An object of interest – I used a large pair of antique tin snips {I found a similar pair here} just to add something unique to my tray

Additional Resource Tips and Links:

*If you don’t have any trays you like on hand, I find that Etsy is a great source and here is a link to some beautiful wooden ones

A vintage-looking or actual vintage dough bowl would also work well

You can also find these vintage-appearing farmhouse style dough bowls on Amazon (click on any of the pictures below to view).

Deep Wooden Dough Bowl w/ Handles-Batea by Mexican Imports

Rustic Wooden Dough Bowl-Batea-Extra Long-Natural

Food Safe Eurostyle Deep Rustic Wooden Dough Bowl-Batea

Let’s Start  Layering

How to Layer and Style an Autumn Farmhouse Tray

After I gathered my supplies, I angled a smaller wooden container inside my rustic wooden tray.

How to Layer and Style an Autumn Farmhouse Tray

Next, I layered some leaf stems going in opposite directions in my smaller wooden container.  I love these faux leaves.  They have an almost fabric feel and have beautiful words written on them plus the colors are perfectly fall!

How to Layer and Style an Autumn Farmhouse Tray

To anchor the center of the tray I used a faux fern I purchased at Michael’s – only $1.00 on clearance!

How to Layer and Style an Autumn Farmhouse Tray

The next step is to fill the smaller interior container with mini pumpkins and gourds.

How to Layer and Style an Autumn Farmhouse Tray

The shredded paper filler is a great way to add texture and to beef up any arrangement.  I added some to both sides and any empty spots of the larger, main tray.

How to Layer and Style an Autumn Farmhouse Tray

This is where I totally lost track of taking photos to share with you and finished the tray. I’ve been doing this for almost 9 years, you think I would KNOW to stop and take photos but once my mind gets going it just keeps going!

How to Layer and Style an Autumn Farmhouse Tray

Here is an overhead view which will hopefully show in a little more detail the other components I added.

How to Layer and Style an Autumn Farmhouse Tray

I tucked the battery operated candles into the smaller inner tray.  I added a large pumpkin to one corner of the tray and tucked a pumpkin seed packet to the back of the tray because I thought it was cute and have had those seeds for years and never planted them so at least I’m getting some use out of them.

It came together quickly and makes me happy every time I see it.

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