Is breakfast time crazy and chaotic at your house?

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so doing something to make a breakfast that will stick to your ribs for the day is something we all need to do.


How to Make a Pretty Oatmeal Topping Organizer for Your Breakfast Table

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My husband loves a bowl of oatmeal.  It’s quick to fix and can be topped with all kinds of yummy toppings.

To make those few breakfast minutes more organized and special, I created an oatmeal toppings tray.


Make a beautiful breakfast table organizer


It was super fun to do.  Costs very little.  And you can customize it to match your decor or go crazy with whimsical colors and patterns.

My pretty oatmeal topping organizer consists of a cake pan that I purchased at the thrift store as a set of 3 for $2.  (This is actually the third tray I’ve created from that purchase.  The first was for a desktop organizer and the second was for a countertop organizer.) On the tray, I have a Dollar Tree napkin holder… to hold napkins, a repurposed Himalayan salt container… to use as a sugar shaker, a small cute jar that formerly held strawberries… now holds Craisins, and a jar that once held cayenne pepper and now holds cinnamon.

It’s so satisfying to pull items from the recycling bin and repurpose them into something pretty and practical.  And what’s better than a lovely breakfast table organizer to make your morning start just a little bit better?


Make Breakfast the Important Meal of the Day with this Pretty Oatmeal Topping Organizer for the Breakfast Table


Let’s Make a Pretty Oatmeal Topping Organizer


Supplies to craft an oatmeal organizing station


  • Inexpensive or Thrifted Cake Pan
  • Clean empty jars for holding toppings
  • Knobs to top jars
  • E-6000 glue
  • Dollar store napkin holder
  • Scrapbook paper (I used 2 – 12×12 sheets)
  • Spray paint
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush


  • Spray paint the lids, knob, and cake pan.  (You don’t need to fully paint the cake pan… just make sure you cover the sides and an inch into the rounds of the top as it will be covered with paper.) Allow to dry for a day or more.
  • Lay your painted cake pan on your scrapbook paper and trace around the bottom of the pan with your pencil.Makeover a simple cake pan with paint and scrapbook paper
  • Cut out the circle and paint the back side of your pretty paper with Mod Podge, carefully center it, and press firmly onto the inside of your tray, try to remove any bubbles under the paper.  Once it’s in place, coat the paper with more Mod Podge and allow to dry.  You can use additional coats if you wish.  This will protect your paper and make it easier to clean.


Easy Upcycled Breafast Table Organizer - Perfect for Oatmeal Toppings


  • To give that dollar store napkin holder a decorator look, cut your scrapbook paper to fit the two outside faces of the holder.  Brush the back sides of the paper with Mod Podge and firmly attach, being sure to push out any bubbles in the paper.  If you wish you can coat the top of the paper with one or more coats of Mod Podge to further protect the paper.Decorate a dollar store napkin holder with scrapbook paper and Mod Podge
  • Create a pretty sugar shaker by repurposing a large salt container.
  • Measure your container and using your ruler, lay out a rectangle on your scrapbook paper that will cover the plastic container and cut it out with your scissors.
  • Cover the back of the scrapbook paper with Mod Podge and adhere it to the new sugar shaker.  For extra protection, paint Mod Podge over the scrapbook paper and let it dry.Turn a large salt container in a pretty sugar shaker for oatmeal toppings
  • Take a simple jar lid that you spray painted and embellish it with a knob.   E6000 (affiliate link) glue is the BEST for permanently and easily attaching the knob.Turn a cast off jar into a cute breakfast storage jar
  • Repeat the steps above for giving your cinnamon shaker a decorator look as well.


Give your cinnamon shaker a designer look
We love our pretty oatmeal topping organizer on our breakfast table.  It’s a great way to store everything together so that you can grab it and put it on the table in an instant.  And since we don’t do instant oatmeal, at least we can almost set our table in an instant.

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Have you been inspired to make a sweet breakfast table organizer like this?

What would you put in your organizer?

Do you have any tricks for making breakfast quick or at least less stressful in the mornings?


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  1. Carol says

    Very cute! Pinned and shared.

    • Thank you so much for popping by Carol and for your kind thoughts.
      All the best for an extraordinary week!

  2. Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY Party!

  3. Ivory says

    Wow, what a perfect idea. Thanks!

    • If you try your hand at making one for yourself, let me know Ivory. 🙂
      Thanks for popping by and for sharing your sweet thoughts.
      Happy Fourth!!

  4. I love this! You were so creative in taking all thes pieces and making them look like a lovely set! Great idea having this on the table. I have jars in my cupboard with brown sugar, granola, nuts and dried cranberries along with the big jar of oats.

    • Awww… thanks Lauren! I had so much fun with this and it really does make breakfast just a little more special.
      And… Happy New Year!

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