Citrus Fruit Serving Trays


Citrus Fruit Serving Trays – an easy DIY, perfect for serving cold refreshments on a hot summer day – or anytime!

Summer is one of the most inspiring times of the year for me, the bright colors, bold flavors, and warm sunny days make me want to lounge by the pool with an ice cold lemonade drink in my hand. I recently made some really fun themed serving trays that captured the bold colors of summer citrus fruits. After all summer wouldn’t be summer with out those wonderful citrus fruits we love so much.

These trays are bright, fun, and inspired my favorite summer citrus fruits: lemons, limes, and grapefruit!

They are perfect for serving cold refreshments on a hot summer day or anytime you are entertaining this summer!


Citrus Fruit Serving Trays - an easy DIY, and perfect craft for celebrating summer!

Citrus Fruit Serving Trays Supplies:

  • Large 18″ Wood Rounds
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Paint Brushes
  • Handles and Screws
  • Drill
  • Minwax Polycrylic

Citrus Fruit Serving Trays - getting the elements together

Step 1: Cut your 18 inch wood round in half using a circular saw. This particular wood round is heavy and thick so you’re going to need a wood cutting tool to cut through it. You can purchase the wood rounds and handles at Lowes.

Note: I could have left the wood round whole, but I found it to be to heavy and bulky. So, I decided to cut it in half and make two trays for the price of one. Now it’s lighter and it takes half the space on the table!

Citrus Fruit Serving Trays - getting the paint started - this so so fun and easy!

Step 2: Using your desired paint brush, paint the outer edge of the wood round and a 1/2 inch round the inside. Make sure you paint straight down the flat edges too.

Citrus Fruit Serving Trays - sketching the citrus center

Step 3: Paint a 2 inch wide half circle in the middle and with a pencil draw your lemon sections leaving about a 1/2 inch between the border, each section and the center.

Citrus Fruit Serving Trays - the lemon is starting to come together!

Step 4: Paint and fill around the lemon sections in white and using a lighter yellow paint the inside of the lemon sections. I used the same painted guide lines for all three trays, I just changed the colors to fit the theme of the citrus fruit.

Citrus Fruit Serving Trays - painting in the lemon detail

Step 5: After the acrylic paint dries apply a coat of Minwax Polycrylic to the entire tray. This will protect the painted surface. Put on the finishing touches by using an electric drill to install the handles.

Citrus Fruit Serving Trays - lemon and lime, ready to go! This is a great, easy DIY!Citrus Fruit Serving Trays - an easy, summery DIY perfect for every day use!Citrus Fruit Serving Trays - lemonade on a lemon tray? Yes, please!

What a fun way to celebrate summer with these colorful citrus trays!

Citrus Fruit Serving Trays - an easy DIY, perfect for serving cold refreshments on a hot summer day - or anytime!

Thanks, Norma!

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Norma Giannoni

of Paint Me Pink

Hello! I’m Norma Giannoni, a stay at home mommy of 3 little ones and wife of a wonderful man who proudly serves for our country in the United States Marine Corps. I’m an artist and I love drawing whimsical characters. I also have the tendency to gravitate towards pink girly things. My little blog Paint Me Pink is a place where I share my passion for DIY projects whether it’s painting furniture, art, baking, styling, or simply being a mommy.

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  1. Lisa of Fresh Eggs Daily posted on July 7, 2016 at 9:17 am (#

    Oh how cute are these! I just love this project. Sharing….

  2. Celeste | The Whole Serving posted on July 7, 2016 at 11:40 am (#

    These trays are so cute and would be the perfect addition to a backyard cookout.The kids would love these. I think I could totally do this.

    • I Heart Naptime posted on July 7, 2016 at 1:03 pm (#

      You definitely could – they are so easy (and fun!) to make!

  3. Melanie - The Party Suite posted on July 7, 2016 at 1:31 pm (#

    What a lovely tray to have at a summer party!  You can really get creative with the colors. Love this!

  4. Lydia @ Lydi Out Loud posted on July 12, 2016 at 1:47 pm (#

    These are incredible! I’m obsessed! 

  5. Crystal posted on July 17, 2016 at 3:57 pm (#

    Love the trays!!! They are so cute and summery!!

  6. Shirley hellmann posted on August 18, 2016 at 9:08 pm (#

    Very clever idea!!!!!! Will have to give that shot!!!!

  7. Maribeth posted on April 18, 2017 at 4:28 pm (#

    I absolutely love this idea! I work for a public library in Florida, and I would like to recreate this for one of my monthly craft sessions with adults. Nothing better than a citrus craft to kick off the summer here! Do you by any chance know the names of the paint colors you used? I want to get as close to them as I can.

    • I Heart Naptime posted on April 19, 2017 at 7:35 am (#

      I’m afraid I don’t have the bottles anymore! I got the acrylic paints at the craft store and picked out the brightest, most citrus colors I could see.

  8. Maribeth posted on April 22, 2017 at 11:17 am (#

    Thank you for getting back to me! Would you mind if I used one of your images to advertise the program on my library’s website?

  9. anonyomous posted on July 19, 2017 at 11:20 am (#

    i have been to Michaels,lowes, craft cut, and online and I cant find them anywhere

    • Jamielyn posted on July 20, 2017 at 2:49 pm (#

      I just saw them on Amazon! :)