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Tray Styling 101: The simple formula for curating a pretty decor piece

This formula makes tray styling easy.

With a mix of curated items, a display tray is a fun way to create visual interest. To create these vignettes, there is a bit of a craft to what you include.

Jodi Sanford shares all the elements for a perfect set up. She provides a formula for the perfect mix of items on a display tray. She suggests mixing different textures, as well as mixing in purchased décor pieces with handmade crafted projects. Adding personal touches, such as ribbon to purchased items will elevate the look and add detail. Banners are another fun design element you can add to tie your display together.

Types of Trays

  • Tiered trays
  • Charcuterie boards
  • Metal trays
  • Platters

Jodi shares free downloads on her website at, and you can see more ideas from Jodi on Instagram @makeaprettylife.

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