DIY Canada Day Trays

Contributed by Denise of Thrifty by Design and Salvation Army Thrift Store Creative Expert.

Canada Day is on its way and definitely an event worthy of a celebratory soirée. Bring out the red and white to deck out a secondhand frame from your local Salvation Army Thrift Store and repurpose it into a one-of-a-kind party tray. Here’s a fun and easy way to dress up a thrift store find.


  • frame
  • paint - red and white
  • paintbrush or sponge brush
  • adhesive glitter sheets
  • Mod Podge (optional)
  • Canada Day decor (optional)
  • handles (optional)
  • X-Acto knife or scissors

First drop by your local Salvation Army Thrift Store to source the perfect frame. I recommend buying a solid wood frame that has deep dimensions - you want to use the frame to hold glasses or bowls. Also you may want to add handles. Next paint the frame. I used white with a hint of silver. Once I added 2-3 coats of paint, I then sealed the finish with Mod Podge.

While the frame dries, you can start designing the insert for your tray. I picked up a few items from my local dollar store like these adhesive glitter sheets that I thought would work.

I also bought this ‘Canada’ felt pennant flag. I adhered the glitter paper to the piece of cardboard from the frame then glued part of the flag to the silver. I thought this combo looked pretty rockin’!

Trim the felt then you’re ready to add your Canada Day image to the frame. Clean the glass and insert it back into the frame then slide your Canada Day art into the frame. Seal it up and you’ve got a fabulous party tray.

This is an optional step but I thought it would be a good idea to use felt furniture pads for the bottom of the tray in case I wanted to put it on a table.

Here’s the final tray - it looks awesome!

If you want to really jazz up your tray and make it super functional then add some handles. I found these at my local hardware store and they were perfect!

This is one funky secondhand frame turned tray! The handles make it more legit as a tray.

Last step is adding your food, treats or drinks and you’re ready to enjoy your Canada Day festivities!

Other ideas would be to keep your wooden frame au natural and insert dried or fake maple leafs into the frame.

Or you can restyle a secondhand tray like this plastic one.

I used paint to cover the original design then adhered sheets of red glitter. Finally I added a felt maple leaf from the ‘Canada’ felt pennant flag in the previous DIY. The best idea was to glue red cord to the edges to cover my messy painting.

Now you’ve got two trays prepped for under $15.

Be sure to try one or both DIYs! Happy Canada Day - I hope you enjoy the day celebrating with family and friends… And maybe some crafting!