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Make a DIY Beadboard Decorative Centerpiece Tray!! {tutorial}

Hello, TT&J readers! It is such a huge honor to be here today. I have been a fan of Jen’s blog for a very long time.

My name is Lindsay & I run a blog called Southern Lovely.
I am a busy mom of three little ones, who constantly keep me running. Whenever I have free time, I enjoy creating. It’s my outlet, really.

Today I am going to share how to make a beadboard decorative tray, that can be used for any holiday, or really any type of centerpiece. Inspiration was taken from here.

Supplies needed:
Strip of molding/trim
Bead board
Liquid Nails
Before I went to Lowes to purchase my supplies, I figured out my measurements, which allowed me to have my bead board cut directly in the store. FYI–my measurements were 10×24 inches.


Here’s What I did:

This is where my handy husband came in–using a Miter saw, he cut the molding to fit on the already cut bead board.

Then apply liquid nails to secure it all together.

Next I primed the entire piece, then painted & glazed.

I used this technique to glaze it.

Basically you dip a sponge brush in the glaze, paint where you’d like it to go, then wipe the excess off with a damp cloth. It’s pretty much fool proof. :)

Once it was all dry, I sprayed it with a protective coat.

Now that you have a beautiful new tray, here is the fun part–decorating!

Since this is a Thanksgiving centerpiece, here is what I added.

Glass jars, purchased from the Dollar Store
Berry twigs–from Michaels on sale for $1/each
Sticks–from Michaels, you could even use some from outside
Beans–Navy & Pinto

Festive & easy, right!

I am really excited to have this little tray to work with from now on. It will be fun to switch out the centerpieces each season.

I also made the little burlap runner, which I will be posting the tutorial on my blog soon.

So, what do you think–did I do okay posting on Jen’s awesome blog?? I was a bit nervous, lots of pressure. :)

Thanks for having me! If you want to check out more DIY’s, sewing projects or just plain crafting, stop by & say hi!

Lindsay – thanks for such a great tutorial. I love your beadboard centerpiece!!

Here are a few more awesome ideas from Southern Lovely:

DIY Storage Bins

DIY Tights

Fall Wreath

Be sure to head over to Southern Lovely to see all of Lindsay’s wonderful ideas!!


PS — And, did you win one of the TEN giveaways from TT&J’s First Giveaways Days??

I hope so!! Another Giveaway Day spotlight day is coming up on Monday!!

Have a Wonderful Wesnesday!!

PS — I am sharing 10 Thankful Kids Crafts that will bring the spirit of Thanksgiving into your Home today at The New Home ec :)


  1. Love the idea from your guest poster. Simple and elegant all at once.

  2. I totally went by the Dollar Store on the way home yesterday and picked up some of those glasses! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. love the berry twigs, i could decorate with them all year around, lol!

  4. Cute idea and it is styled nicely for fall. I love the fall wreath – adorable. Thanks for sharing new friends!

  5. Hey, I am having my first giveaway ever!… :) Wanna join it? http://scribblesfromjourney.blogspot.com/2011/11/giveaway-to-be-thankful-for.html

  6. The tray is wonderful, but my favorite are the tights! Oh so cute!!

  7. Love this!!

  8. cuuuuute! Yay, one more thing for my to-do list! :)

  9. That’s a great idea with the bead board!!! Nicely done :)

  10. Love this! Really loving that I have all the supplies to knock one of these out before Thanksgiving! Thanks for the tutorial! :)

  11. Lindsay,
    I love the bead board and molding combo! Your display is beautiful with your gorgeous base and punch of rich fall colors. So, so elegant and stunning.

  12. Fantastic tutorial, Lindsay!!! I hope to do one for myself now… I feel so inspired!

  13. Love the fabulous centerpiece! Lindsay rocks!!

  14. I love that beadboard centerpiece! I have the scraps in my pile to make that right now! Thanks for a great tute!

  15. Fabulous centerpiece! So simple and festive!

  16. I love it! I have some beadboard and molding. I need to make this!

  17. That is too cute! I love beadboard!

  18. Love it! I think I’ll be trying to recreate this weekend. My table is in DIRE need of some festivness.

    I wonder if you could Increase the size of the “tray” and make it a big frame for the Fireplace and surround it with similar things. HMMM…the possibilities are endless!!!

  19. LoVe it!! You did a fabulous job! Thanks for sharing! Smiles~Beth

  20. I am so loving this!! It’s only 7:30 am and I’m already shouting measurements and Lowes supplies for my husband to pick up :)

  21. Love that beadboard tray! And I’m going to have to make some of those tights! ~ Barbara

  22. YAY LINDSAY! This is just gorgeous! I really love this!

  23. Cool project! You will get some serious mileage out of that awesome tray. Thanks for sharing!

  24. very pretty LIndsay! you never cease to inspire me! your awesome!!!