Here’s a super easy, really fun project for DIYers of all ages.   The result is a one-of-a-kind serving tray, created in just an hour and a half, that is sure to get many “Oohs!” and “Aahs!”

Goodwill store with dishes

What do you need?  For each serving tray, select three dishes of varying sizes going from bigger to smaller and two glasses.  For these two projects, I picked up pieces from my favorite Goodwill store then grouped them together based on color to give them a connected, cohesive feel.

The clear dishes and glasses were chosen because of their interesting shapes and details then were grouped together as well.  You will need crazy glue and some painter’s tape—that’s it and you are ready to start your transformation.  One serving tray costs around $15 for supplies and materials—such a deal for a unique piece!


Step 1:  After stacking the pieces in the way you like them best, put glue on the top of the glasses, then turn them over and place them on the underside of the smaller dishes.  Add an additional ring of glue around the glass’s edge to ensure a solid, sturdy fit.

The glasses are placed upside down to prevent the glue from running down the side of the glass.  To keep it secure while it dries, use painter’s tape.

Step 2: Once those pieces are dry and secure, add glue to the bottom of the glasses, place them in the center of the bigger dishes then use more painter’s tape to keep things in place.

halloween dishes

Step 3: Once the glue is dry, remove tape and then, “Ta-Da!”  You now have a charming serving tray, which is perfect to display cookies or cupcakes for your upcoming Halloween, holiday or birthday parties.What host or hostess wouldn’t love having one to add some height and visual interest to the table?

bedroom dishes

Or place it in your bedroom to use it as a jewelry stand that moves your bling from being hidden in your jewelry box onto an eye-catching display.

bathroom dishes

This tray also works well in the bathroom to hold soaps and supplies using little counter space.

different plate styles

With the holidays just around the corner, this project makes a wonderful gift.  Think about selecting dishes and glassware that matches a friend’s kitchen or that is the gift receiver’s favorite color.   This is a gift that is sure to be treasured and enjoyed by all!

The next Art of Possibilities Workshop will be held on Saturday, October 8 at Goodwill Arlington.  Held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., participants bring their items to be transformed while drinking champagne, making new friends and thinking about their next big thing.  As a reader you receive a 50% discount and may attend for $25! Promo code is GOODWILL4U


Tim Kime is an artist, life coach, connector. He is President of Kime Leadership Associates offering executive coaching, meeting facilitating and motivational speaking.  He is also Chief Creative Force of Transformation Junkies which upcycles furniture and other household items into functional works of art. He combined his two passions—unleashing the potential in people and transforming items with the launch of the Art of Possibilities Workshops.  These workshops are part upcycling, part dreaming, part goal setting.