DIY Outdoor Serving Tray

Outdoor Serving Tray

Now that the weather is warm we spend a lot of time on our deck, which is located directly off our kitchen and faces our backyard. We’re fortunate to have a decent size deck that houses our container garden, a sitting area plus a dining table with umbrella and chairs. When the weather permits, we like to enjoy our family meals on the deck as well as entertain in this space. The deck overlooks our backyard which is heavily wooded and I can pretend that I’m in a tree house. One that just so happens to have plumbing. I’m not really the camping type, have I mentioned that?

Outdoor Paint

One thing we always need is extra serving space. A quick trip to Lowe’s and I picked up everything I needed to make this easy outdoor serving tray that comes together as soon as your paint is dry. The base is a steel PLANT STAND and the top (serving tray) is a terra cotta saucer. You can paint the saucer whatever color matches your decor or your mood. I chose a can of Valspar Outdoor Color in white. I went with a neutral color that would go with the theme of ANY outdoor entertaining I would be doing over the summer and into fall.

DIY Outdoor Serving Tray

A few coats of spray paint and we were done. There’s even extra paint left over for another project. Simply place your serving tray onto the plant stand and voila, instant outdoor serving tray. The tray can be moved from the plant stand directly to the table. I’m planning on making at least one more. I know we’ll be using them all summer long. Serving up all kinds of libations like this blueberry lemonade.

DIY Outdoor Serving Tray
When we’re not using it to entertain, I’m planning on placing our lanterns on it with succulents inside. Options you know how much we like them. Now who’s ready for some lemonade? Any maybe helping me sand and paint our deck? Just kidding. Kind of.

Blueberry Lemonade
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Outdoor Serving Tray



Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Lowe’s Creative Ideas Network. I am a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators & Influencers Network. I was provided with a gift card. Opinions are my own.


  1. 1

    This is such a great idea and looks so cute!! I love DIY ideas for the summer 🙂

  2. 2

    This is so pretty Paula! I love your deck too, it looks like the perfect relaxation spot!

  3. 3

    I am so not he creative type when it comes to making DIY home accents! BUT this looks like something even I could do!

  4. 4

    Very cool and handy!

  5. 5

    You did such a great job! Looks really nice!

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  7. 7

    Great project! And looks like I could even pull it off!

  8. 8

    I love this! So adorable for summer!

  9. 9

    How easy is that?! Fun!

  10. 10

    You did a fantastic job on this adorable table. Thanks for the tutorial.

  11. 11

    Stunning photos and I love this idea!

  12. 12

    This is such a great idea! I usually steer clear of DIY projects, mostly because I’m afraid I’ll glue my eyes shut. I can totally do this one, though! Great one, Paula!

  13. 13

    I love it Paula! I’d come help 😉

  14. 14

    What a cute idea! I like anything that can be dual-purpose.

  15. 15

    How crafty! Love this table 🙂

  16. 16

    I love this and need to make one for my patio you know for when I serve crackers on my porch

  17. 17

    What a cute idea! I’ll have to make one for my daughter’s graduation party….one can never have enough tables!

  18. 18

    SO simple! Love it!

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