DIY Summer Serving Tray: How to Layer Adhesive Vinyl

Hey crafty friends, happy summer! Kayla from the Kayla Makes blog here today with a really easy way to jazz up a plain serving tray using Craftables adhesive vinyl and the Cricut Maker. This little DIY summer serving tray is perfect for serving ice cream, lemonade or fun summer cocktails!

Adhesive vinyl summer serving tray

Difficulty Level: Beginner (20 Mins)

Supplies Needed:

Step One: Design Space Set Up

Import the Sweet Summertime SVG into Design Space and scale it to fit inside the tray you plan to use. I used a tape measure to determine the available space to work with and then created a circle on my canvas in Design Space in that same size. It serves as a mock up so you can scale your image and makes it easy to see what the vinyl colors will look like against the color of your tray.

Summertime SVG

Use the attach button to attach like colors together so that they'll cut exactly where they are shown on the canvas.

Attach colors in design space
Cut design in Cricut Design Space

In the cut settings window set the material to vinyl and click continue.

Select vinyl setting in Cricut software

Step Two: Load and Cut Vinyl

Load and cut each color of vinyl according to the order on the screen.

Cut adhesive vinyl with Cricut

Step Three: Weed Vinyl Designs

After cutting is complete, remove the excess vinyl from around the designs using a weeding tool where necessary.

Weed Craftables adhesive vinyl

Step Four: Cut and Apply Transfer Tape

Cut a piece of transfer tape large enough to cover the largest layer of the design and apply it over the vinyl using firm pressure and a scraper tool. Peel the transfer tape away from the vinyl's paper backing and the vinyl design should lift with it.

Apply craftables transfer tape to adhesive vinyl

Step Five: Transfer Decals

Center the first layer on the tray and burnish over the vinyl again with the scraper tool. Remove the transfer tape and reapply it to the next color/layer of vinyl.

Apply Craftables adhesive vinyl

Continue adding each color of vinyl to the design until the entire design is complete!

Layer Craftables adhesive vinyl
Layer Craftables adhesive vinyl
Apply Craftables adhesive vinyl to metal tray

It's that easy! Creating multi-colored or layered designs doesn't have to be scary, the more you do it the easier and more fun it becomes.

Summer serving tray with adhesive vinyl

Now get out into the sweet summertime sunshine and serve up some lemonade!

Summer serving tray with adhesive vinyl

For more inspiring ideas check out the Craftables Blog or follow along with us on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube. Don't forget about all the Free SVGs, like this one, on the Craftables site as well! Happy crafting!!

About the Author


My name is Kayla and I’m a DIY loving mom of 3, living in North Carolina. I absolutely love creating! It doesn’t matter if it’s refinishing furniture or paper crafting, I love it all. I’m a former blogger for Silhouette America and current blogger for Cricut so I know the ins and outs of both machines and love teaching beginners all of the handy tips and tricks. Come visit my blog at or follow me on Instagram @kayla_made.

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