Using Labels to Create a Geometric Serving Tray

Posted by on November 23, 2015
Using Labels to Create a Geometric Serving Tray

The holidays are quickly approaching and preparations are in full swing. Itineraries are being planned for holiday travel, decorations are making their appearance, and menus are being created.

In today’s post, I’m sharing with you a DIY tutorial that transforms a plain serving tray into a statement piece for your home. This is just in time for the holidays. It can function as a serving tray for a party to place items, to welcome guests in their bedroom upon arrival, or to simply display in your home. I love a great way to add decor to a home while also making it functional for many uses. Using neutral colored and gold foil labels from, you’ll have a gorgeous serving tray in less than 30 minutes. It’s that easy!



Standard White 2.5″ x 2.5″ Octagon Labels
Gold Foil 2.5″ x 2.5″ Octagon Labels
Free Neutral Colored Printables
Serving Tray ( I found mine at Target)
Modge Podge
Foam Brush

Supplies for a geometric serving tray.

How to:

Step 1 – Download and print the free neutral colored printables for your serving tray using the Octagon Labels. The tray pictured measures 12″ x 18″ and only required one sheet of each color.  There were even a few octagons left over.

Free Printable PDF: 


Step 2-  Place your tray on a flat surface.

Create your own unique serving tray using labels.

Step 3- Place your first octagon label in the upper left corner of the tray. Line the edges of the label evenly with the edges of the tray.

Octagon gold foil labels

Placing labels on a serving tray.

Step 4-  Continue placing the labels in your desired pattern evenly to ensure a straight line.

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Step 5 – Once you reach the last row, you may need to cut your octagon labels in order to fit. I cut mine in half before applying them to the tray. They were the perfect fit!

Cut your labels to fit the tray.

Cutting labels to fit when creating your own geometric serving tray.

Step 6 – Once you have placed all your labels on the serving tray, firmly press down all edges to secure the labels.

Firmly press the labels to ensure they are sticking to the tray.

Step 7 –  Using the foam brush, apply one coat of the modge podge to cover the surface and all the labels. Don’t worry! It goes on white but dries clear. This will create a protective coat over the labels and make the serving tray usable.

Apply modge podge over the labels.

Step 8 – Allow your tray to dry for at least 2 hours before using.

You’re new geometric serving tray is now ready to use!

Serving Tray for the holidays

I love this quick and simple DIY to create your own unique serving tray for the holidays! It’s also something wonderful to give to a host or as a gift this holiday season. Want different colors for your labels? Use the Maestro Label Designer to create your own custom colors!


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