Repurposed New Year's Eve Tray

Now that the Christmas holidays are a wrap it's time to start thinking about the New Year! 

2023 ready or not, here we come! 

Today I'm creating a jazzy little project from a repurposed cabinet door for my New Year's Eve party. 

No party? That's OK, this project is perfect for a small gathering too! 

Take a look...

star new years tray with banner

I began with an old cabinet door sample. I had about 100 and I'm down to my last few.

Why buy new when you can repurpose something you have into something new. Maybe you have an old tray you can repaint and stencil like this one... 

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The first thing I did was to paint it white. I'm using my favorite Fusion Mineral Paint color called Raw Silk. I honestly use it on most things I don't want to be pure white. 

cabinet door with white paint

After 2 coats and a little drying between coats, I was ready to stencil. If you've never used a heat gun to dry between coats, it works great and is pretty quick! 

white cabinet door and drying gun

I'm using this great star stencil from Old Sign Stencils called Retro Star that I've already used a bunch of times as you can see by my colorful stencil. I actually never clean my stencils and Old Sign Stencils are so thick and wonderful that I've never had a problem using it multiple times without cleaning it each time. 


retro star stencil with yellow paint

First I stenciled with a very light yellow craft paint. When that dried I stenciled over the top with a few coats of a gold glittery paint

glitter paint in star stencil

tray with stars

While my stencil was drying I grabbed a couple of drawer pulls I had from another project and spray painted them a bright gold color. This is the prettiest gold spray paint I've found yet. 

gold spray painted handles

When the handles were dry I attached them with screws through the back to the cabinet door that was instantly now a tray! 

glitter star tray with gold handles and trim

You may want to use some kind of feet or rubber dots on the back of the tray to keep it from slipping. 

My last step was to use a little Rub and Buff Gold Leaf color to roughly accent the edges of my tray. It just gave it a little extra sparkle! 

rub and buff edging on tray

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gold tray with overlay

gold starred tray with jar of new year decorations

That's it! My tray is ready to party! 

gold tray with glasses and new years decorations

When I say party I'm pretty much talking about a tiny gathering of daughters and my husband. We don't go too crazy! 

tray with wine glasses and necklaces

The blingy tray is the perfect thing to serve drinks, use for a charcuterie board (with wax paper over the paint), or just for a fun and festive centerpiece. 

Happy new year banner and tray with decor

It is always nice to have a few little festive accessories for the holidays even if you're not entertaining a crowd. 

tray, glasses, and new years eve decorations

I think my family just expects the little extras! ⭐ 


tray with glitter

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Check out the video of a New Year special I did for News 4 New York a whole bunch of years ago now!  

party tray


I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .