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Terra-Cotta Serving Tray

Paint turns a simple terra-cotta saucer and wood biscuits into a decorative serving tray that's ideal for holiday drinks or outdoor entertaining.

 Painted terra-cotta serving tray

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

Few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks


  • 16-in terra-cotta saucer, #94461
  • DeWalt #0 biscuits, #356660
  • Valspar spray paint: Royal Garnet, Gloss Cherry

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Step 1

Clean the saucer and let dry. Spray the saucer the color of your choice -- we used Royal Garnet -- and let dry.

Step 2

Lay the biscuits on newspaper or kraft paper and spray on two coats of paint. (We used Gloss Cherry.) After the second coat dries, turn over each biscuit and spray one coat on the underside you'll glue to the saucer.

Step 3

full view of terra-cotta serving tray

Use hot glue to fasten the biscuits around the rim of the saucer, overlapping each biscuit with about a third of the next one.

Good to Know

For the first biscuit, establish its angle by placing a loose biscuit under the end opposite the one being glued.