DIY Halloween Coffee Table Tray Decor

Make your own cute and chic Halloween coffee table tray decor – it’s easier than you might think and doesn’t cost a lot of money!

Trays are such a fun piece of decor to add to any space and to use for any occasion! This DIY Halloween tray decor in particular was super fun and easy to create and can be personalized any which way you like.

Get creative with this project and add your own spin! Mine turned out a little farmhouse, a little modern and trendy looking.

Halloween is upon us and this tray was the perfect addition to my “coffee ottoman” as a unique piece of decor once I paired it with my handmade Halloween beaded tassel and a simple orange pumpkin from the Dollar Tree!

DIY Decor Halloween Tray with Easy To Follow Step By Step Instructions

Ya’ll, don’t forget to pin this for later! 

Coffee Table Tray Decor

One of my favorite ways to decorate my house is with coffee table trays. I could spend hours just browsing Pinterest for decorative tray ideas! 

The best thing about coffee table trays is that you can literally change them for every single season and holiday without much effort or money. In fact, you can even get a wooden tray from Dollar General. 

In this tutorial, I will show you step by step pictures, a video tutorial, and a printable card with all of the instructions on it! 

How To Save Money on Halloween Decor 

One of my favorite ways to save money on Halloween decorations is to buy them on November 1st. Almost every single store has their Halloween decorations on a super steep discount the day after Halloween. 

What kind of things do you like to use in your Halloween decorations? 

I love all things pumpkin! Oh, and anything that reminds me of the harvest, too. That could be corn or wheat. I’m not a personal fan of creepy or gothic decor – no spiderwebs or witch decor for me.

What about you? Let me know in the comments! 

Supplies for DIY Halloween Coffee Table Tray Decor

This tutorial will show you how to paint and decorate a simple wooden tray so that it is ready for Halloween! What you put on top of it is completely up to you and your imagination. 

Here is what you’ll need before you start. 

  • Wooden tray (this one was from Dollar General)
  • Paint (mine was DecorArt from Walmart in white)
  • Painters Tape
  • Paint Brush
  • Halloween Style Pumpkin Decorating Stickers (from Hobby Lobby)

Halloween Tray Tips 

The entire tutorial is in the printable craft card at the bottom of this post. First, I have some step-by-step pictures and tips that will help you be more successful.

If you have any more questions that I didn’t answer, please leave them in the comments. 

Measure The Area For the Stripes First 

Measure out where you would like your stripes to go. I completely ‘eye-balled’ mine, but I don’t recommend this method if you’d like them to be straight or a particular way. You can go with one, two, three, or even four stripes like I did. A variety of sizes is fun, too!

Place the blue painter’s tape in between where you would like the paint to be and press down pretty hard to avoid bleeding.Blue Painter's Tape On a Wooden Tray

Let It Dry Before Removing the Tape

Paint your accent color (I used white) in between the painter’s tape and allow to dry thoroughly before attempting to remove the tape–it’s tempting, I know.Painting a Wooden Tray

Use Sandpaper To Clean Up The Lines 

Use a light sanding with 120 grit fine sandpaper over any areas where the paint bleeds out from underneath the tape in order to clean up your lines.White lines on a wooden tray

Add Stickers 

Choose your favorite Halloween pumpkin decorating sticker from the package of three and peel and place it on your desired location on the tray one section at a time. These stickers were originally intended to be used by kids on Halloween pumpkins in lieu of carving or painting. They are heavy duty stickers with a felt front to them. 

Trick Or Treat Stickers

Use extreme care when peeling them off of their backing as they tend to want to stay stuck and if you pull too hard, they will tear. You can quickly repair them by putting them exactly into place.

A wooden tray with the word trick on it

There really aren’t any rules for where to place the stickers- use your imagination! 

The words "trick or" on a wooden tray

You can trace where you want to place your stickers before you put them down, or you can just wing it like I usually do! 

The words "trick or treat" on a wooden tray

I place the words clear on one side. You could also place them in one horizontal line too. 

The words trick or treat on a tray

Decorate Your Tray 

Decorate and accessorize your tray. I used a handmade Halloween wooden beaded tassel and an inexpensive plastic orange Dollar Tree pumpkin, that will later be replaced with a bowl of Halloween candy after these pictures were taken.DIY Halloween Coffee Table Tray Decor

WATCH THE Video Tutorial HERE

If you missed the Facebook live where I started this project, you can view it above.

The Perfect Trick or Treat Tray 

It’s wonderful to know that we don’t have to choose in life whether we want a ‘trick’ or a ‘treat’.
So, no tricks for me please, I’ll take all treats! How about you?

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Here is the entire craft in a printable card! 

diy-halloween-tray-decor-farmhouse style trick or treat tassel striped tray

Halloween Coffee Table Tray Decor

Follow this easy tutorial to make your very own Halloween coffee table tray.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Servings 1 tray

Equipment

  • Painters Tape
  • paint brush

Ingredients
  

  • 1 wooden tray
  • 1 bottle DecorArt paint
  • 1 sheet Halloween Decorating Stickers

Instructions
 

  • Measure out where you would like your stripes to go. 
  • Place the blue painters tape in between where you would like the paint to be and press down pretty hard to avoid bleeding.
  • Paint your accent color (I used white) in between the painter’s tape and allow to dry thoroughly before attempting to remove the tape.
  • Use a light sanding with 120 grit fine sand paper over any areas where the paint bleeds out from underneath the tape in order to clean up your lines.
  • Choose your favorite Halloween Pumpkin Decorating Sticker from the package of three and peel and place in your desired location on the tray one section at a time. 
  • Decorate and accessorize your tray. 
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diy-halloween-tray-decor-farmhouse style trick or treat tassel striped tray

Easy DIY Halloween Decor 

This project was so easy and reminds me of another Halloween tabletop project seen here.  The felt sticker lettering makes it look like it was professionally made. If you cannot find the stickers, you can always easily cut similar lettering from a Cricut machine. 

The hardest part of this DIY was waiting for the paint to dry! Oh, and some of the stickers were a little tough to remove from their backing. Other than that, I highly recommend giving this one a try. The tray is ready for entertaining on October 31st with either a bowl of dip or a cute bowl with ‘trick or treat’ candy!

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5 Comments

  1. Beatriz Magana says:

    Turned out really cute. Thank you for posting.

    1. southerncrush says:

      Wow thank you!!!

  2. Sheila Taylor says:

    This a really cute idea. My son made me a wooden tray. I may try putting the transfer on glass (like your picture frame) and lay the glass in the tray. Then I can change out for the holidays. May not be as cute, but I definitely want to give it a try. Thanks for the idea!

    1. southerncrush says:

      What a great idea! I love making things reusable! ❤️

  3. Judy needy says:

    I think his is so cute!

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