Cute Cookie Tray: an Adorable DIY for National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

Did you know that August 4th was National Chocolate Chip Cookie day? I’ve been researching fun and weird holidays lately, and I used this opportunity to bake some delicious chocolate chip cookies. While no one actually needs a holiday to make cookies, especially when you make these cookies, it is fun to know that there is such a holiday. After baking up some cookies, I wanted to display my yummy treats for all to enjoy, but I just wasn’t in the mood to throw them on a regular plate. So I made a cookie tray that is just too adorable, and you can easily make one too.

Kawaii Cute Cookie Tray

Isn’t it just too cute? A giant cookie to hold other cookies for all to enjoy. I even made a template with three options so you can choose which adorable face you want on your cookie try.

For this cute (or Kawaii as they say in Japan) cookie tray, you need need:

Supplies - Cute Cookie Tray copy

  • A large round wooden tray or circle
  • A variety of acrylic paints in brown, white, black, and pink (or red)
  • A variety of paint brushes
  • A set of round sponges
  • Print out of cute faces (found here or below)
  • Transfer paper
  • Wooden knobs or feet (in needed)
  • Wood glue

I couldn’t find a circular tray at the thrift store. So I actually used an unfinished 14″ clock face that I picked up at my local craft store. There was a hole in the middle which I filled in with wood glue and a dowel. Sometimes you have to improvise.

If you use a wooden tray that is already painted and/or varnished, you will need to sand it and paint it with primer before repainting it.

Starting out on this DIY adventure, I created three adorable faces on the computer. With these variations you can choose between the three or mix and match the eyes and mouths if you want a tray that’s uniquely you.


Once you choose the face you want it’s time to start painting.

Painting the Cookie Tray

If you have a cookie appropriate color this part will be done in no time. Just paint a couple coats of paint on the front, back, and edge.

I thought I wanted a darker shade of cookie, but I realize the paint I got was too dark and yellow.  So I mixed it with a darker brown and plenty of white to get a lightly baked cookie color.

Color mixing is just trial and error until you get the color you want. While you are mixing, be sure to make enough of the color; you would not want to run out of the perfect cookie color before the tray is completely painted. Test the color on the back of the tray until you get the hue you want; then paint the whole try at least twice.

After the base paint is dry it’s time to make the face.

Paint the Cute Face on the Tray copy

Place tracing paper between the face template and the tray and situate the face near the middle of the plate. I placed the face I chose a little lower than the center, but the placement is completely up to you.

Then using the wooden end of a paint brush trace over all the features of the cookie face. Lift the paper away and the face is ready for painting.

Just paint within and over the lines, and you got yourself an adorable face on your cookie tray.

Now it’s time to add the chocolate chips to this giant cookie.

Painting Chocolate Chips copy

Using different sizes of circular sponges, paint the chocolate chips by twirling the sponge when you are applying the paint to get that nice circle. If you need to give the circles a second coat after they dry, I’d recommend filling in the circles with a small brush.

And we are near done! If your tray needs some cute feet, start by painting wooden knobs or discs dark brown (like chocolate chips).

Adding feet to the Cookie Tray

Using a pencil, mark out where you want the feet. Try to make them as evenly spaced as possible to keep the tray from wobbling. Apply wood glue to the feet and stick them in place. Let it dry overnight and voila!

You have your own cookie tray. It will need a coat of varnish to keep it looking sweet, or you can apply a coat or two of food safe polyurethane if you wish to eat right off of it.

Finished Cute Cookie Tray 3d

This adorable tray is great for serving cookies or other desserts at a party or snacks to your kids after a long day at school. It makes you smile even if you just have it out on display.

If you need some ice cream with your cookies, consider getting an ice cream maker from Heartland America. Available right now is this great little ice cream maker from Hamilton Beach.


This 1.5 quart ice cream maker is fully automatic with a special freezer bowl so you don’t have to worry about ice and salt getting everywhere. It also comes in this sweet red color. Check it out now. Supplies are limited.

I hope you are having a great summer with your family and serve them up some delicious desserts on your sweet cookie tray. The summer fun continues next so come back and check it out. And remember you are always welcome at Home with Heartland.


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