Early Fall Apple Themed Tiered Tray

It’s feeling like fall in Iowa this week, friends. I’m not talking about lovely crisp autum days with sunshine and gently falling leaves and all. No.

I’m talking about literally overnight going from 90s and sunny, to 40s/50s, dark, windy, and rainy for going on 5 days straight now. Rude.

It did get me thinking about my fall decor, though. I’m not quite ready to get all my pumpkins out just yet, though, so instead I decided to go with an early fall theme…. apples. Kind of clever actually, because now I can decorate for fall twice. 😆

Vintage pastry cutter

Getting Creative

The apple theme forced me to think outside the box a bit, though, because I don’t own a lot of “apple-y” things. I decided this would be a perfect opportunity to display some of my vintage baking utensils, since several of them worked with my color scheme. Plus, apples and baking go hand-in-hand, right?

Vintage toy hand mixer and rolling pins.
Vintage spice box. It says “whole cloves’ on the top in my great-grandmother’s writing. It’s still filled with “vintage” cloves, too! 😂

I was excited to use another one of my Willow Tree Angels for this tiered tray. Since my kids gave me most of these over the years while they were growing up, they bring back such happy memories.

The mason jar candle you’ve seen before, in my July 4 Tiered Tray. This time, I cut a scrap of vintage fabric from my mom’s collection and tucked it over the top, reminiscent of an old-fashioned jelly jar.

The little wooden apple came from an antique store. The top comes off and it’s hollow inside.

I also got the little stone jug at an antique store. I paid too much for it, but I couldn’t resist it since it says “Iowa” on it, and reminds me of a full-sized jug I have that used to be my mom’s. It works well here with the tin cup, sort of like it’s ready to pour some apple cider. 🍎

Once again, I resorted to making my own mini sign to fit the theme. I found a small block of scrap wood in the garage, then printed a picture from online that I liked, and cut it to the right size to fit the wood block.

Then, I just Mod Podged it on, except I didn’t have any real Mod Podge, so I made my own by mixing water and glue. I brushed it on the wood, then positioned the paper, and then also painted the glue over the top of the paper, too, to seal it down.

After letting it dry, it looks like a vintage sign!

I finished by filling in the gaps in the tiered tray with artificial flowers from Hobby Lobby. I chose sunflowers in a cream tone to fit my color scheme. I tend to use more muted colors overall, with just pops of seasonal colors.

I again wrapped my favorite Milkhouse Candle with a little checkered ribbon, for a bit more color near the back.

I will probably keep this Early Fall Apple Tiered Tray out until the beginning of October, and then it will officially be pumpkin season in my book, giving me a reason to re-do this tray again in the near future. 🤪#tieredtrayobsession

You can see all my other tiered tray designs here:


Creative Co-Op Distressed Brown Wood Metal Handle Two-Tier Tray

Milkhouse Candle Creamery Scented Soy Candle: Butter Jar Candle, Pure Vanilla, 16-Ounce

Willow Tree Good Health Angel

1.5″ Wide Primitive Gingham Check Canvas Wired Ribbon Red & Tan 

Farmhouse Living Buffalo Check Placemat Set of 4, 13″ x 19″, Gray/White 4

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19 thoughts on “Early Fall Apple Themed Tiered Tray

  1. Totally totally cute tray for early fall, Niky!!! I’m so glad you popped over last week and linked up at Share Your Style. I am happy to feature your fun fall post (sorry about the overnight change in the weather!) here at SYS #274 this week. <3 Pinned, as always, to my Share Your Style board.

    Happy fall and enjoy the lovely fall weather (as the sun comes out!),
    Barb 🙂

  2. That is just perfect for this time of year.. now I’m kid of wondering why I haven’t always decorated with more apples for fall as I just LOVE them and they are for sure the first sign of spring I look forward to (much more so than pumpkins!).

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