12 Days of {handmade} Christmas Tutorials::Day 6 Embellished 3 Tiered Stand (and a giveaway!)

This is day 7 of the 12 Days of {handmade} Christmas tutorials! For an overview of all the projects, click here!

Hi everyone! I’m Teresa McFayden, a Mixed Media Artist from the heartland of America, Omaha. I am a married Mom of 3 great children, ages 21,18 and 14. For the past five years I have been teaching hear and there around the country and love to teach online workshops. That way I get to connect with lots of people all over the world! I love what I do!
I am so delighted to be part of Edie’s 12 Days of Christmas and seeing what she has in store for us. I look forward to sharing this tutorial with you! It’s simple to do, and can add a festive flare to any of your holiday settings.
Be sure to enter the giveaway for my Best of Christmas E-Workshop! This online workshop features over 40 of my favorite holiday art and craft projects. It’s sure to inspire you and your family!
I invite you to check out my site at www.teresamcfayden.com
Wishing you a blessed holiday season!


Friends and family gather together this time of year. Bring out your best and celebrate with some sweet treats. Embellish a platter perfect for entertaining your guests.

 Embellished Christmas Platter

embellished Christmas platter

Wouldn’t this be a fun platter for any celebration…birthdays, graduations, etc.?

What to Gather:

Platter or cupcake stand

Graphics (or coordinated die cuts)

Coordinated ribbons in various widths

Twine or string

Hole Punch

Glitter, optional

Embellishments (see sample for ideas)

I’ve gathered some vintage graphics for us to use for this project, courtesy of Graphics Fairy.

Right click on jpg below, save and print on highest quality setting. Print on cardstock. This graphic is 8×10. Print two copies for this project.


Or download the PDF here: Download 12dayspostcards


This 3 tiered platter came from Target, but you can find them almost anywhere. Cupcake tiered stands are perfect for decorating, too. Especially a 4 tiered one. I love how this Target platter has the rod iron ring at the very top, which will be fun to hang everything from.


After printing your graphics, adhere to cardstock or patterned paper.  Adhere one graphic on the front of the cardstock and one on the back. So they are 2 sided, because they will be seen from all angles.

Hole punch each graphic at the top and bottom.


Thread twine, string or ribbon through the holes. Knot the twine after stringing it through each hole to keep it secure. Space the graphics out so they will cascade down the side of the platter.

Add glitter here and there if you like.


Make two of these graphic streamers…one will cascade down the left and one down the right. Leave extra twine on the top for securing to platter.

While waiting for the glitter to dry, tie various ribbons to top of platter.


Clip 1″ pieces of garland and hot glue to ribbon, on both sides of the ribbon. This makes a fun accent.

I added a string of bells to one side of the platter. Evergreen or any holiday pick would be great here. A red strand of ribbon was hung on each side of the platter.

Before you guests arrive, fill up the platter with sweet treats…appetizers, hot cocoa fixin’s…whatever!


It makes a great centerpiece, or focal point amongst smaller dishes or trays, too. Are you starting to get hungry?

I’m smiling now because I know my family will love this! This will be their favorite project I’ve made for this E-Workshop…I just know it.


Tell us your favorite Christmas homemade candy/treat for a chance to win a free E-Workshop!  We’ll pick five winners.  It’s your lucky day!

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  • Southern Gal says:

    My favorite Christmas treats are pound cake cookies. I have been making them and giving them away and eating way too many for 24 years and counting…

  • What a darling and doable project. Thanks.

    My favorite holiday treat is homemade Mars Bars.


  • Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    Not sure I could pick just one. We love cookie baking around here! Maybe the cut out sugar cookies – it took years to get my mother in law to share the recipe!

  • Raquel says:

    How festive and manageable. Love it. my favorite candy is almond toffee. Divine creation!

  • Benay says:

    Love your idea! My favorite Christmas snack is the homemade chocolate fudge my grandmother used to make. I had actually kind of forgotten about it, so this is making me want to hunt down the recipe and make it this year!

  • Haley says:

    I love all homemade Christmas treats but one of my fav traditions is the cookie exchange!

  • beverly says:

    Our friends and family would be very dissapointed if they didn’t receive Pulled Butter Mints. These can only be made one batch at a time – but worth all the love in return.

  • Stacy says:

    Love this idea. My favorite would have to be my Grandmother’s fudge. So good!

  • Jennifer Cooper says:

    I plan to do this project for Dad’s 70th birthday party on December 21st. I will add his favorite homemade almond roca.

  • Jennifer Cooper says:

    Oops, I meant almond toffee. (same thing I guess.)

  • margie says:

    my favorite is a swedish cut out cookie. my mom used to make them every year. I try but for some reason, they aren’t as good as hers were.

  • Becky Jones says:

    My favorite Christmastime treats would currently be the Pioneer Woman’s cinnamon rolls- my girls and I make mega batches to give away ooey-gooey love! It has become a sweet tradition with my baby girls{ ages 20 and 13 :)} And as a little girl, my precious Momma ALWAYS spent 2 days making hand decorated sugar cookies of all shapes and sizes..we were so little we could sit on the counter…thank you, dearest Momma..blessings to all!

  • Susan says:

    My favorite Christmas treat is peanut butter blossom cookies. Those are the peanut butter cookies with the Hershey Kiss in the middle. If I could only have one treat at the holidays, they would be my choice. I could eat them all day long and usually do so it’s best that I only make them at Christmas! Thank you for the chance to win your workshop!

  • Dolores says:

    My favorite Christmas goodie is Pizza bars made with a crust, M&M’s, carmels, & almond bark.

  • Carin says:

    What a lovely, doable project! My favourite holiday treat is Swedish ice chocolates. Yum, yum!

  • Heather says:

    Love this–I’m definitely adding it to my Christmas to do list! Sausage balls and white chocolate peppermint bars are my favs! Thanks Edie & Teresa:)

  • Djanelle says:

    My favorite Christmas cookies are sand tarts, but I think I have a new one! Pistachio/ cranberry cookies, using a sugar cookie mix and pistachio pudding mix. It’s so easy to make, and so good too!

  • Maria Kelly says:

    What a charming idea….I can’t wait to make one! One of my favorite Christmas treats is making gingerbread men with my son Jake…;-)

  • Love it so cute thanks for the Pdf! I would love to make this and any one two or 30 of your christmas tutorials! …At the Holidays we are a Whole House of baking and candy making! One of my favorites is and old Family Fun receipe that the kids make its a pistachio and cranberry white and dark chocolate Bark! We make it on a Silpat and they chunk it into clear bags with pretty ribbons and a personal tag for the loved ones in our lives!

    Have Happy Holidays!

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