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How to Make a Tiered Serving Tray

Turn a few clay pots and saucers into something special. This tiered stand is inexpensive and easy-to-make. Use it to serve cupcakes, drinks, or quick finger foods.  

Clay stacked serving tray on patio

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Scissors


  • 2- 4" clay pots, #94448
  • 1-10" clay saucer, #94458
  • 1- 8" clay saucer, #94457
  • 1- 6" clay saucer, #94456
  • Loctite Stick 'n Seal Glue; item #86085
  • 525 ft. sisal twine, #66438
  • Medium craft finial, #52006

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Step 1

Wrap twine around pot just under the lip of the pot. Tie on a knot. Continue wrapping twine around pot until desired thickness is achieved. Tie end in a knot and cut off excess. Repeat on second pot.

Step 2

Spread glue across the bottom of one pot. Glue pot to center of 10" saucer. Make sure the pot is centered.

Step 3

Spread glue around the rim of the first pot and attach 8" saucer. Make sure saucer is centered.

Step 4

Spread glue across the bottom of second pot. Glue pot to center of 8" saucer. Make sure pot is centered.

Step 5

Spread glue around the rim of the second pot and attach 6" saucer. Make sure saucer is centered.

Step 6

Glue the bottom of finial to the center of the 6" saucer. Make sure finial is centered.

Step 7


Allow entire piece to dry until set, two hours or more.