tiered trays from joy’s hope

by @according2kelly on July 31, 2010

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today, our featured blogger is the cute & darling (because they really are two totally different things), colorful & bright, julie of  the blog joy’s hope. julie writes…

Tiered Tray Tutorial

A rainbow of Dollar Tree goodness has descended upon my house.
Meet the new family of tiered trays.
I have a feeling they might just make you smile.
Then want to have a party.
Or organize your jewelry.
Or desk.
But first you need to head to Dollar Tree and pick up:
One tube of Super Glue Fix-All Adhesive,
three silver-esque trays,
two crystal-esque candlesticks,
per tiered tray that you plan to make.
Be warned.
You will want to make many more than just one.
Many, many, more.

On your way home stop by your fave hardware or craft store to get
spray paint,
spray primer &
a mask.

This is stinky business.

Also get a canvas tarp if you don’t have one.
Canvas tarp: $20.
Husband happy that you didn’t spray paint the patio: priceless.
Best investment ever.

First spray the front and back of each tray and candlestick with primer.
Sort of an annoying step, but so very worth it, considering how shiny and smooth they are.
This will help the color stick and stay on through what is sure to be many a use.

Then start your rainbow party.
Two to three light coats is the way to go.
Be patient.  Spray paint dries fast, but drips and goops if you get all crazy and lay it on too heavy.
Spray the bottoms of the trays too, since you will be able to see them, if even just a little.

The starfish has nothing to do with this project.  It is just another casualty of my need to change things. Nothing is safe when I have a can of spray paint in my hands.  White starfish on a white shelf.  Lame. Sunshine yellow starfish on a white shelf.  Awesome.

Mix and match the colors together to find what combos you like the most.
I thought that I would like them all together.
I don’t.
Which is weird since I adore un-matching things.
But this was a bit too…
Too something.

I also thought that I would leave some of the candlesticks clear, but as usual, I can’t refrain from the paint.

After trying a few different glues, I was happiest with Gorilla Super Glue.

Apparently if you want your tray to hold more than air and if you ever want to touch it or move it, DO NOT use Gorilla Super Glue.  It is awesome for many other uses.  Tray making, not so much.

I went back to Dollar Tree and picked up a tube of Super Glue’s Fix-All Adhesive.  It is amazing.  Stinky, but amazing.  E-6000 is another great choice of adhesive.  Stinky though.

Run a bead of glue along the bottom of each candlestick and then press it to the center of the bottom of two of the trays.

Let dry.

By using the candlesticks upside down, you get more useable area on your trays.

When the glue is dry, flip it over and attach the third tray on top.

Again, let dry with added weight for better adhesion.

When this tier is dry, add the other tray and candlestick beneath it.

Let dry.

Repeat, repeat, repeat.
Smile, smile, smile.

I really only meant to make one tray.

But how could I resist these colors?

From Home Depot-
Sun Yellow Gloss
Berry Pink Gloss
Key Lime Gloss

From Michael’s-
Valspar Petrol Blue- Silk

The Valspar is my new boyfriend.  Not only is it the best color EVER, but it covered even better that the Rust-Oleum which actually covers pretty dang well.

I heart you Valspar.

{Keep in mind that these trays are
NOT food safe or dishwasher safe.}

But don’t let that stop you from using them for parties.  You just need to be a little careful and creative. I plan on using cupcake liners, doilies or scrapbook papers underneath the food, to keep my guests from dropping dead at our parties.  That would be brutal on our already expensive homeowner’s policy.

But mostly they are going to be eye candy organization.

I think even a stack of bills would become suddenly delightful on one of these beauties.

I can’t decide which one is my favorite.
My husband can’t decide if I have gone tray crazy.
Perhaps I have.
But that is just fine by me.

Peace out, girl scouts.

for more great ideas visit julie at joy’s hope. she’s fun & cute, & makes you wish she was your new bff. if you don’t mind my making suggestions, i just know you are going to love her accidental chalkboard tutorial & her recipe for salted caramel cupcakes – yum!

about julie: Hi. I’m Julie. A nerdy, Jesus loving, recovering Diet Pepsi addict. I am all about flip flops on rainy days, English literature, going to the movies alone and anything turquoise. I can’t be in the same room as someone eating a popsicle and the smell of ketchup or bananas makes me gag. I used to hate the color pink, but now have a houseful of girls. I am married to a youth pastor, wish I was still a teenager and would go back to high school in minute. I look forward to the day when vampires are “so 2010” and am not ashamed to admit my love for Star Wars or the fact that I pretend that Dave Matthews is my boyfriend. I am a horrible sleeper, have a compulsive need to sew something every day and fight with my A.D.D. on a continual basis. I hate talking on the phone, or talking in general, but am the best listener you will find, fiercely loyal and way too sensitive for my own good. I don’t remember the last time I was bored and having a day with nothing to do is what I dream about. I may or may not need to enter a twelve step program for spray paint addiction. My blog makes me look much craftier, cooler and funnier than I actually am. {DrewB. is responsible for making me so sassy.}

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thank you for sharing all the tips, I'd had problems with the glue, and now with your help I hope fixed it :).


Hello Julie , my name is Pam, and I am a pepsi craftaholic. and a Jesus lover too! I Luv this site, and you! I love making things out of pieces least expected. And now off to the dollar store... Peace out girlscout! I lol when I read that, it is something I often say... Pam


What a cute idea and so easy to make!! I love it....they will make great presents to give away this year!!!

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Oh man, I SO NEED to go to Dollar Tree on Monday!!! I love this. Love love love!

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Hi there, over from the 31DBBB Blog Frog! These are so cute! Please tell me by 'holiday season' you're referring to summer holidays rather than Christmas holidays! Or do I have to start my Christmas lists and crafts already? Have a lovely day, Jade


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