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How-To Layer and Style a Farmhouse Tray

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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Jennifer at Celebrating Everyday Life

Wednesday 13th of September 2017

I love all your layers, Mary Beth!! I'm the same way with my decorating. Your tray is so warm and welcoming, I love it! Thank you for sharing your wonderful creativity!! xoxo, Jennifer

Mary Beth

Wednesday 13th of September 2017

Thank you so much, Jennifer!!! xo

Lisa

Monday 11th of September 2017

Very pretty arrangement. I love all the different layered elements, particularly the antique scissors and the dough bowl inside the larger tray.

Mary Beth

Monday 11th of September 2017

Thanks so much, Lisa! :) Have an awesome week.

Maryann @ Domestically Speaking

Monday 11th of September 2017

Beautiful layered look... love the scissors!

Mary Beth

Monday 11th of September 2017

Thanks so much, Maryann!

Julie

Monday 11th of September 2017

Very beautiful, my friend! I'm so happy to be with you all on this fun tray tour ;) Happy Fall to you!! XO

Mary Beth

Monday 11th of September 2017

Thank you, Julie, and I'm so happy to "tour" with you as well....it's like a very good flashback! Happy fall to you as well. xo

Diane | An Extraordinary Day

Sunday 10th of September 2017

Beautiful!! You've got the knack with layering for sure. Your tray is filled with so many interests to catch the eye. But, for sure adding those old tin snips was total genius!!

Mary Beth

Monday 11th of September 2017

Thanks so much, Diane! When I saw those snips at the thrift store I knew I had to have them.