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Christmas Cheer Metal Tray

Hi and welcome! I am excited about this entire project. Today’s Christmas Cheer metal tray is so fun but it is part of a little series of posts to create the entire Hot Cocoa bar for the holidays!

I have had a lot of fun with this from creating all of the designs and making them into an actual hot cocoa bar. The first post with the Free Countdown to Christmas Sign and the mugs was post this week. I am deciding if I am going to give it as a gift or use it for myself. LOL

I used Luster vinyl from StyleTech Craft. I love the colors but I did struggle a little bit with removing the design from the backing onto the transfer paper. It was a tiny bit frustrating but worth it in the long run. It turned out super cute.

This post was made with a Dollar Tree pizza pan. If you have been reading for a while you know I love Dollar tree crafts and gift ideas! If you do too then you will want to look around a bit.

A fun and colorful Hot Cocoa bar with a metal tray

Christmas Cheer Metal Tray

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Christmas Cheer Metal Tray Design You Tube Video

As I mentioned above I used a pizza pan from Dollar Tree for this post. When you are using anything metal that will be painted and vinyl added to it needs to start with a primer coat and end with a coat of Mod Podge .

I used this same technique with my DIY Metal Wall Art!

Step 1: Prime the Pizza Pan

I like to use Rust-oleum black flat primer for this. It take a few seconds to coat it and it dries quickly. Boom…you are done!

A dollar tree pizza pan is the base for this metal tray

Black flat spray primer on the Dollar tree pizza pan.

Step 2: Paint the pizza pan

For this step I like to use chalk paint. My favorite is Rust-oleum Linen White. It goes on nicely (although two coats is definitely needed) and it stays in place when applying the vinyl.

Painting over the black primer with white chalk paint.

I painted two coats then followed up with a coat of the Mod Podge after the paint was completely dry.

Step 3: Download and cut the design

This Christmas Cheer Hot Cocoa Bar bundle is available in my Etsy shop. You can click the link below to get to it!

Hot Cocoa Bar Digital files OR….

Once you have downloaded the tray file go ahead and add it to your Cricut or Silhouette design space.

Screen shot of the tray design in Cricut Design Space

Cut out the different colors, weed and add your paper transfer tape.

Step 4: Layout the design

Start by laying out your design on the pizza pan so you can get a feel for the size and where you want your text and snowflakes to go.

Laying out the cut design on to the pizza pan for spacing.

Then you can start applying your design.

I mentioned earlier that I had a bit of trouble. It was only with the Christmas Cheer half circle text.

The vinyl was being difficult and did not want to come away from the backing. I had to use a pencil to help me along.

Using a pencil to help me get the vinyl letters away from the backing.

Once I had it away from the backing it kept flipping over and I had a hard time getting it onto the pizza pan in the correct spot. But I finally got it done. I think the words ended up being really long and it didn’t help.

The rest of the design went on smoothly…once I got them away from the backing.

About half way done applying the design to the painted pizza pan

Keep going until the last snowflake has been added.

I just love the entire thing.

And here it is with the hot cocoa bar all set up. It is harder to see this cute design but I think it is totally worth it.

The finished tray set up with the rest of the Hot Cocoa bar
Finished Metal Pizza pan tray

Materials Needed

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Christmas Cheer Metal Tray

Christmas Cheer Metal Tray

Use a Dollar Tree pizza pan to create a fun, colorful Christmas Cheer Hot Cocoa Bar metal tray. Everyone will love getting hot chocolate from this bar! #hotchocolatebar #dollartreecrafts #cocoabar

Prep Time 30 minutes
Active Time 2 hours
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $2 - $10



  1. Prime and paint your pizza pan. I used one coat of the black primer and 2 coats of the Linen White chalk paint.
  2. Add a coat of Mod Podge over the paint and let it dry completely.
  3. Download your Cut file
  4. Cut and weed the Christmas Cheer tray design
  5. Add your paper transfer tape to the cut pieces
  6. Layout the design on the pizza pan then apply the design
  7. Enjoy!

What do you think? Will you make a Christmas cheer hot cocoa bar this year? I have never done one but I think it will be fun.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I always appreciate it very much.



Thursday 1st of July 2021

So cute!! Love it!! Thanks for sharing!!! Hugs, Deb


Friday 2nd of July 2021

Thank you! It is a fun Holiday piece to put out for people.

rosemary palmer

Sunday 15th of November 2020

So cute - I need a new Cricut for things like this.


Sunday 15th of November 2020

Hi Rosemary. I got the Cricut Maker about 1 1/2 years ago and I love it. I don't use all of it's features yet but am learning a little at a time! It really is a fantastic machine. Thanks for the nice comment. I am glad you like it.

Michelle Leslie

Friday 13th of November 2020

That's such a neat idea Michelle and I'm loving all the bright and cheerful colors you chode for the words. I'm hoping Santa got my letter asking so nicely for a Cricut. I think it got lost in the post last year ;-)


Friday 13th of November 2020

Aw man! I hope it doesn't get lost this year too. A Cricut would be a magical gift under the tree! Thanks so much for your nice comments. I think it turned out really fun!

Anita holland

Thursday 12th of November 2020

Really cute project, turned out great. I have a cricut and use it in most of my projects but I have never heard of paper transfer tape, so I will definitely look into that. Thanks for sharing.


Thursday 12th of November 2020

Hi Anita. It is nice when adding vinyl to cardstock and foam core too. The paper is fragile. It really is a great product. Thanks so much for stopping by!


Wednesday 11th of November 2020

What a wonderful DIY Christmas tray! I am going to make this with my daughter!


Wednesday 11th of November 2020

Hi Robin! Yay! That makes me happy. I am so glad you like it.

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