All you need are two thing: One 12×12″ piece of slate and some self-adhesive felt pads (the kind you stick on the bottom of furniture so that it doesn’t scratch your floors):
I already had the felt pads so all I needed to do was head to the nearest Home Depot’s outdoor flooring section. They had a huge selection where I picked out this gray slate one for $1.69. One thing to note is that I noticed the slate comes in different thicknesses. I picked out one that was thinner than the others because it really made a huge difference in weight and I didn’t want one that was too heavy. I also picked a piece that was pretty flat across the top and without any cracks/crevices. When you get home, give it a thorough washing because there was a lot of dirt caked on. I thought about sealing the top of the slate but but all the stone sealants I found were toxic, so I left it as it is. I think it’s pretty safe to use as is, but use at your own risk!
Then all you have to do is stick the adhesive pads onto the bottom of the slate piece:
And you’re done! See? So easy!!! I think the tray really makes the spread look so fancy:
*handwash, do not put in the dishwasher