If you love, love, love decorating tiered tray but need some Christmas inspiration, keep reading! You’ll learn all the style tips for decorating tier trays, what to put on them, plus gorgeous pictures to inspire your own! Keep scrolling for classy farmhouse-style tiered trays for Christmas – lots of trendy neutral Christmas decor ideas!
Versatile Holiday Decor: Christmas Tiered Trays
If you’ve been following farmhouse decor for any period of time now, you know tiered trays are a huge trend. Many people often think of them as decor for a coffee bar or cocoa station (which they definitely are), but they go so much farther and are a decorating vignette all on their own.
I love decorating these trays because it allows you to have so much creativity in such a small space. And, you can even move your tray from space to space if you see that you have an area in your home that needs a little extra something.
And, if you happen to be a seasonal decorator like me, you already know Christmas is one of the best times to decorate your tray.
How to Decorate a Farmhouse Style Tiered Tray
Before we get into the Christmas inspiration, first let’s go over the basics of decorating a tiered tray.
1| Go get you a tray!
This probably should go without saying, but I’ll say it – if you don’t have a tiered tray yet, go get you a tray! You can find some beautiful ones on Amazon or Target – sometimes in Bulleye’s Playground if you catch it on a lucky day. You can even DIY a tray with a pizza tray, 2 round pans and candle sticks from Dollar Tree.
2| Decide on a look you want.
There are all kind of themes for Christmas tiered trays. Maybe you like the traditional gingerbread or Santa & elves, etc. Or it may be by a color scheme: like reds or silver-and-gold or neutral. Or it might be a by a style – rustic, modern, whimsical, etc. This post will hopefully give you some inspiration. But you should have a ‘look’ you’re going for.
3| Decide on some anchor pieces.
Depending on how many levels your tray has, you’ll want 2-6 strong anchor pieces. Lots of different objects can be an anchor – but these will be some of your larger objects. It could be a mug, a candle, a decorative house, a mini Christmas floral arrangement, a sign... just a few pieces that are on a larger scale.
4| Add in your fill-in objects.
Here you want to selectively add in some of the small objects or fill-ins. It might be mini-ornaments to fill in a mug. It may be paper straws in a jar. It could be a Christmas-y knick knack or piece of decor. It maybe some beaded garland.
For this step, you want to take your time. You’re aiming for balance and symmetry here. Balance out your colors, For example – you don’t want all of your greens on one side of the tray and all of your whites on the other. Or, you don’t want all of the whites on the top level and all of the greens on another. Be sure you balance them out.
Also be sure to balance out the scale and variety – mix up your different types of decor (candles, signs, mugs, etc) to be spread out and balanced. You don’t want all of your large pieces on one level and smaller on another; the same is true for left to right. It doesn’t have to be perfectly symmetrical – just make sure it’s balanced.
It’s totally OK to do this by trial and error. I am constantly editing my trays – even after I think I’m done!
This is the step where a lot of people overdue it. Don’t be that person! The next step will take care some of those empty spaces.
5| Finally, add in your stems.
To fill in some of the space on your tray, carefully place some evergreen or berry stems throughout open areas. Gently hang them over the edges or even place them in a small bottle.
One word of caution about a tiered tray: LESS IS MORE! If you try to put too many items on your tray, it’s going to look messy and be very busy and cluttered; you don’t want that. The eyes won’t be sure where to focus and the end result is sloppy instead of classy!
What Can I Put on a Christmas Tiered Tray?
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As you read through the above steps of decorating your tray, several ideas were included for each step. In general, you can use lots of the same types of decor you probably have around your house, but with one qualifier: mini. Items that go in tiered trays should be small in scale, mini-versions of decor you might have in other locations in your home.
Here’s a quick list of things you can include. Be sure to shop your own home to see if you have any of these already!
If you still feel like you’re struggling with what to put on them, Etsy sells Christmas Tiered Tray bundles, where you can purchase all the coordinating decor at once.
25 Tiered Tray Christmas Decorating Ideas: Classy, Neutral, Farmhouse
While there are lots of different themes for Christmas decor, the ones I’m sharing today fall into the categories of classy, neutral, and farmhouse styles. There is absolutely nothing wrong with other types of Christmas decor for tiered trays, but I want to share that at the outset so you know what to expect!
I didn’t include trays that have a lot of ‘cutesy’ themes or that are a little more cliche. You won’t see many Santas or red trucks or elves; you might see a few gnomes – they are borderline cutesy, lol.
The decor I went with in this roundup leans more toward modern farmhouse or a rustic Christmas tiered tray, with a more neutral color theme: basically your greens, blacks, whites, greys, and browns. Toward the end of the lists, there are a handful of tray with red decor, but they work wonderfully and are great options if you can’t give up your red.
Many of these trays come from wonderful Instagrammers who allowed me to share their fabulous vignettes with you! Be sure to check them out, follow them or give them some love!
Be sure to take your time and really look at the trays – there are so many hidden gems for unique ideas in each of them!
So many great ideas, right?! It’s hard to choose just one, but to be honest, I have a several Christmas tiered trays in my home to solve that problem! I love how elegant and classy these trays are – just bringing the Christmas sophistication up a teeny bit (which is hard when you have kids in the house! Ask me how I know that, lol).
What’s great about these trays is that many of these ideas will work just as well with a coffee table tray or cake pedestal as well!
If you want more ideas for Christmas tiered tray decor, take look at this video where you can DIY your own with Dollar Tree items! Beautiful and budget-friendly!
Even More Christmas Inspiration
Over the years, I’ve built up quite a library of Christmas content. I wanted to make it easy for my readers to find it, so I put together a post with ALL of my Christmas content in one place! I consider this my Ultimate Guide to Christmas, and once a new post is created, I add to the guide! You’ll find all of the Christmas ideas for home decor, crafts, DIY, gift guides and DIY gift ideas, Christmas cookies and treat recipes, activities for kids… everything for Christmas!
30 Farmhouse Christmas DIY Projects for the Home: This post is my #1 during the Christmas season each year! And here are 21 of my Easiest Ever Christmas DIY Decorations – most can be done in just one sitting – 30 minutes or less!
25 Stunning Farmhouse Christmas Mantels to Inspire Yours for 2021: These ideas can also work for console tables and shelves!
30 Farmhouse Decorating Ideas for the Coziest Christmas Ever!: Gorgeous ideas for your whole house!
30+ Best Farmhouse Christmas Porches on Instagram (+ Pro-Decorating Tips!): Don’t forget about the front porch! First impressions are everything!
30 Creative Ways to Display Christmas Cards: Even Christmas cards can count as decor!
I’d love to see what you come up with for your Christmas tiered tray ! Please leave a comment on Pinterest or tag me on Instagram @100affections!
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