DIY Tiered Tray Jewelry Stand

Decor, DIY, How-Tos

Making a DIY tiered tray jewelry stand is easier than you think! With just a few pieces from the Dollar Tree, thrift store, or unused pieces that can be found in your own home, you can make one too. It’s a beautiful, easy, and wonderfully accessible way to store your jewelry at home.

DIY tiered tray jewelry stand on the nightstand next to a lamp with a vase of roses.

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Jewelry Storage

When it comes to storing jewelry, there are many different methods available. It can be stored in a jewelry box, in a drawer, on a display stand, or hung from hooks. However, my favorite way to store jewelry is on a tray.  Although I have a jewelry box, I keep my everyday jewelry on a tray on the nightstand by the bed. This makes it a piece of cake to store and find at the beginning and end of each day.

What I love about a jewelry tray is that it makes accessing your favorite pieces very easy. Whether it’s kept on a nightstand, a dresser, or a bathroom vanity, it’s easy to take jewelry off and put it on quickly.  A tray also helps prevent pieces from getting tangled. 

View of DIY tiered tray jewelry stand from the top.

Challenging Charms

Although I don’t have a lot of jewelry, the tray I was using to store it was becoming a bit too small. It was clear after my most recent “throwdown” with a tangled necklace, that it was time to come up with a new way to store my jewelry.

The new storage piece needed to be able to hold a little more jewelry than my current little tray, while at the same time still making it easy for me to access the jewelry I wear daily. Of course, I wanted it to be pretty too! That’s when it hit me. I needed a tiered jewelry tray! After seeing how much they cost online, I thought to myself, “I think I can make my own for much less.”

After all, I have made plenty of trays before including a wood farmhouse tray and a wood riser. Why not try my hand at making a tiered jewelry tray?! Guess what? I’m proud to say I was right. I could and I did make my own.

What You Need to Make a DIY Tiered Tray Jewelry Stand

Everything you need to make a DIY tiered tray jewelry stand including dishes, candlestick holders, a knob, and industrial glue.

  • 2-3 plates or shallow bowls in varying sizes
  • 1-2 candlestick holders
  • Industrial strength adhesive
  • A tape measure (optional)
  • Dry erase marker (optional)
  • Decorative knob (optional)

After perusing Pinterest for some inspiration, I saw something that I loved! A three-tiered tray jewelry stand that was made from mismatched dishes and candlestick holders. “Genius!” I thought to myself.

Heaven knows I have plenty of mismatched dishes I could use for this project. I decided that because I don’t have a lot of jewelry a two-tiered tray was going to be perfect for me. Therefore, I found two perfect dishes to use. One is an old pasta bowl and the other was a smaller plain white plate.

The candlestick holders were trickier to come by because I didn’t have any that I wanted to use for this project. However, after a quick trip to the Dollar Tree, my candlestick problem was solved. I found two of them for a dollar each. Perfect! With all my materials gathered, it was time to start the DIY.

How to Make a DIY Tiered Tray Jewelry Stand

Glue the First Candlestick Holder to the Base Dish:

First, find the center of each plate or bowl. You can eyeball it as I did, or use a tape measure and find the center of each dish measuring from two opposite sides (like an “X”). Mark where the center converges from both sides with a dry erase marker. For the bottom (or base) dish, you will mark the center on the top of the dish. The dish above that will be measured on the bottom of the dish because they are stacked.

Next, carefully apply the industrial-strength glue to the bottom rim of the candlestick. Center the candlestick holder over the spot on the dish that marks the center and gently place it down. Allow the glue to dry for about an hour before continuing to the next tier.

Gluing the bottom of a candlestick holder to adhere onto the bottom dish of the tiered tray.

Candlestick on bottom dish.

Attach the Second Dish to Make the Second Tier:

Then, once the glue between the base dish and the bottom of the candlestick has set, apply the industrial-strength glue to the top rim of the candlestick.

Glue being applied to top rim of the candlestick so the second dish can be placed on it.

Carefully, place the second, smaller dish on top of the candlestick holder. Again, allow the glue to set for about an hour.

Placing the second dish on top of the candleholder.

At this point, you can add a third smaller dish making this a three-tiered jewelry tray by repeating the last couple of steps above. However, I decided to keep my jewelry stand two-tiers. (I don’t have a lot of jewelry.) 

Add the Finishing Touches:

Finally, there are a couple of ways to finish off the DIY tiered tray jewelry stand. First, you can leave it as is with a dish on top. However, for my design, I decided to attach another candlestick.

Attaching the second candlestick on the second tier dish.

Once the candlestick was attached, I wanted to top it off with something special. I found a beautiful faux glass knob at Hobby Lobby (for 50% off, making it only $3). Holding a faux glass knob from Hobby Lobby to use as a topper on my DIY tiered tray jewelry stand.My handy husband sawed off the threaded piece used to attach it to a drawer or cabinet. Then, I glued it onto the top rim of the top candlestick. It made the perfect finishing touch to my DIY tiered tray jewelry stand!

DIY tiered tray jewelry stand complete.

Our daughter loved my DIY tiered tray jewelry stand so much, that she asked me to make her one too. I think I love her’s more!

DIY tiered tray jewelry stand with a pitcher of roses and a lamp.

Reuse, Renew, Upcycle

It’s no secret that I love easy DIYs, especially ones that give us the opportunity to upcycle. Giving new life to items we already have in our home, but don’t use anymore is not only fulfilling independently, but I also feel good about how it helps reduce waste for our planet. If you are looking for more upcycled DIYs, you may enjoy these:

DIY Frosted Glass Bottle Winter Decor

DIY Mercury Glass Candle Holders

Frosted Glass Heart Candle Holders

Pinterest Pin for DIY tiered tray jewelry stand.

I had so much fun sharing my “new” DIY tiered tray jewelry stand with you. Thank you for joining me! Be sure to check out the other fabulous DIYs that my incredibly talented friends are sharing too. Until next time!… 

Pinterest Pin for DIY tiered tray jewelry stand.


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  1. Renae says:

    I love this idea. I would love it if you would share this on The Fabulous Friday Link Party this Friday.
    Hugs to you.

  2. Tammy says:

    I mean…it can’t get any cuter than this! You’re seriously so clever! Thanks for the great idea.

  3. Shannon Fox says:

    Your project turned out so pretty, and I love the hardware knob as the finishing touch. So sparkly!

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