Three Steps to a Patriotic Decorated Tier Tray

three tier tray with patriotic decor

Patriotic Tiered Tray Decor Ideas

Here are a few easy ideas for adding patriotic decor to your tiered tray. Nothing fancy or complicated, just fun, simple, and patriotic.

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three tier wood tray with red white and blue patriotic decor

I love using tiered trays throughout the year. They're so versatile and fun to decorate. And they don't take up very much space at all. You can create a festive little vignette quickly and easily.

Here are my tips for decorating your tiered tray.

1. Start with larger items

handmade cloth soldier doll on wooden three tier tray

For this patriotic tiered tray version, I added a vintage style navy soldier cloth doll to the top. I won this one and the marine one a few years ago and love their cozy time-worn look. The American flag looks so perfect behind him. 

red white and blue patriotic decor on a wood three tier tray

On the middle tray, the floral enamel mugs were the first things added. One wasn't quite tall enough so I stacked them to get more height. 

three tier wood tray with red white and blue decor

I knew I wanted to use my red, white, and blue vintage dish towels so they were the first things added to the bottom tray. 

2. Fill in with greenery and smaller decor items

red and blue floral cottagecore enamel mugs in wood three tier tray

To fill in the gaps, I added some faux greenery, a couple of vintage milk of magnesia bottles, and a few thrift store pieces that I've found over the years. On the bottom tray I added a succulent for some weight and texture. And I tucked in a couple of mini preserved boxwood topiaries for filler as well. 

vintage blue milk of magnesia glass bottle

I just got these vintage milk of magnesia bottles a couple of weeks ago and love the pretty cobalt blue color. They add a nice pop of color to the tiered tray.

3. Add a garland

patriotic red white and blue decor on a three tier wooden tray

The last thing added to the tiered tray was a strand of wood beads. It's like adding a piece of jewelry to an outfit before you walk out the door. Just a nice little finishing touch. 

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  1. I love the idea of using your little men, so cute, really adds to it in a great way. Thank you and pinned it.

  2. Your dolls are just so cute.

  3. I just decorated this very three tiered tray today! It was a Christmas present from my husband and I absolutely love it!! I used a blueberry vine wrapped from top to bottom and a summer plate and lemons and of course candles plus some other fun things!! I am so happy with how it turned out!! I love all of your designs!! They are so inspirational!!


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