Make This Quick Farmhouse Tray Riser DIY to Display Anything

This is such a quick and fun farmhouse tray riser DIY and it makes the perfect little riser to help display gnomes and make my entryway pop!

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This is the easiest little farmhouse riser tray project you can have it done in minutes!

Farmhouse Tray Riser DIY

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we have a whole thing with gnomes. I mean, it’s a bit of an obsession. But the thing is, not all gnomes are created equal–and some of them need a little lift to create balance. Also, because some of my gnomes are short. There, I said it.


So, I decided to make a little DIY farmhouse riser tray, or farmhouse shelf, or whatever you want to call it–it’s a mini table to put on top of a table to give a little lift to decor. I love it. Let’s get started.

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Tips to Make DIY Riser Tray For Gnome Display

  • Click here to get the (free) beautiful In This Family We Do Love SVG set. It works for Cricut or Silhouette, so you can make your riser tray any which way possible! Or, if you’d rather, you could also use this Love Is a Story SVG set.
  • I prefer to use a chalk paint for my DIY farmhouse home decor projects like this. It’s about as matte finish as you can get and it has the best coverage I’ve ever found. I also like to dry brush with some grey stain, but not every time. Use your judgement to determine what’s going to work for your piece.
  • You can make your DIY farmhouse tray be as tall as you’d like or as short. But I found that using little knobs from the craft store worked really well for feet on the tray. You can add height by layering more knobs, if desired.
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How Do I Make this Farmhouse Tray Riser DIY?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.

Yield: 1 Easy Farmhouse Riser Tray

Farmhouse Riser Tray

easy farmhouse diy riser tray

You're going to love having this DIY farmhouse riser tray to display your gnomes or just provide some balance for your farmhouse home decor!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $3


  • 1 Wood Blank
  • 4 Long Wood Knobs (1-2 inches tall)
  • 4 Short Wood Knobs (1/2 to 3/4 inches tall)
  • White Chalk Paint
  • Black Heat Transfer Vinyl Scraps
  • Grey Wood Stain


  • Paintbrush
  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil
  • Craft Glue
  • Cricut EasyPress
  • Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore Air


  1. Measure 1-inch in from each corner (approximately) of the wood blank, from each direction and mark this location.
  2. With the craft glue, affix the short knob to the tall knob, then glue the knobs in place as legs where you marked on the wood blank. Allow this glue to dry fully.
  3. Paint the top, bottom and legs of the tray with the white chalk paint. Allow the paint to dry completely.
  4. Dry brush the tray with the grey stain. Allow the stain to dry completely.
  5. Cut the desired lettering from the heat transfer vinyl on your Cricut.
  6. Using the EasyPress Mini, affix the lettering to the top of the tray in the bottom righthand corner and enjoy! photo collage tutorial of how to make a diy farmhouse riser tray


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