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.


J/K!!!

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-
Rust-Oleum:
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.


193 Comments

  1. Those turned out really good. I love all the bright colors!

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  2. Totally doing this as a craft show display!

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  3. AWESOME goodness... Lovin' the colors, but that yellow and green one wants to come live with me... Just sayin'... For some reason I am in love with yellow this summer and well, Green and I have always been lovers... the end.

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  4. These are super fun. I love the color combos!

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  5. fabulous. absolutely fabulous!
    reminds me of all the brightly colored house in the Keys -- love it!

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  6. Wow! They are so fun and I love all the color.

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  7. Such happy colors. Love em all. You are the clever crafter, eh!

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  8. these are stinkin adorable! love the bright fun colors! thanks for sharing!

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  9. Ah! I love them!!! I just bought party stuff for my daughters Mermaid party and those colors match perfectly! You have inspired me! I thank you for that!

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  10. Ooooooo LOVE them!!!!!!! Perfect color combos!

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  11. Awesome trays! loving those colors

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  12. I tried to choose my favorite color combo but then gave up--they are all awesome. Oh and they would make really cute jewelry holders on a dresser...

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  13. So cuper cute, Julie! Hope you saw your special feature post. :)

    Teresa @ www.itisagoodday.blogspot.com

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  14. you talked me into a new craft project, and the green and blue one is my fave FO SHO!

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  15. They turned out sooo cute. I would so make them know if I had storage space in my house. I will have to book mark this idea so when I have my next get together I will have to make some.
    Great Work!!!

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  16. Love love love them all!! They're like candy. Fabulous!!

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  17. love, love, love them...i can't wait to run to my dollar tree and make one. i need one for my hair clips...so pretty!

    thanks for the step by step...you ROCK!

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  18. These are fabulous! I have seen many of these in the blogosphere, but never have I seen them painted. What a treat! Great eye candy even if all you do is set them around your house. Great job.
    ~Gay~
    itsahodgepodgelife.blogspot.com

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  19. A rainbow of fabulousness! Functional and pretty :)

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  20. i am thrilled that you painted, already. thrilled.
    that is some yummy, candy-colored goodness!

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  21. Happy, Happy, cute trays!! I LOOOVE the colors! :) I see a Dollar Store visit in the near future!
    Blessings!
    Jill

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  22. Holy awesomeness!! That is just pure happiness. I want one or two or three too. Thanks for the step by step directions. I think those trays just speak some happy language. Love the combos. Love the colors. Just love. Yep. I get into crazy happy things that I am sure my husbands sits back and smiles and thinks "yep, I married one awesome crazy person." But, good thing our husbands love the craziness in us right? Happiness.

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  23. Love the trays....they turned out so good.

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  24. i have some of those silver trays in my craft show stash and i'm gonna pull them out so i can upcycle them. they will be soooo much cuter your way.

    i have that same frame. found it in the as is section for $4. it has a little chunk missing from the bottom, but i don't care. so far it has been 3 colors. man, i love spray paint.

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  25. Those are FANTASTIC!! I think I need to make a dollar tree run tomorrow (and home depot too!). I'm with you though...all the colors together was a bit too Punky Brewster-esque. I like the blue candlesticks and green trays. Awesome. I may have to try leaving the candlesticks clear, but we'll see.

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  26. you know how you couldn't think of how to describe that first multi colored tray combo? well, i had a pair of bicycle shorts in all those colors back in 1991. paired with my aqua-net teased wave bangs and my hightop L.A. Gears. That tray would have been rad.

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  27. LOVE. Want to put all my jewelry all over those gorgeous trays!

    and LOL about the bills comment.

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  28. ...and if Jeannett wore her bicycle shorts while carrying the matching tray, THAT would have been rad.

    I'm coming over soon. You will serve me toffee crack on the pink and blue beauty, and I will bring my marshmallow craziness over in tin foil. You will make fun of me and I will steal your tray while you laugh. Laughter. Trays. Sugar. It's a win-win, really.

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  29. I'm sorry, but your writing style just cracks me up. I Think I'm going to try this craft with two candlesticks - glued on opposing sides of the same layer, you know? So it's more open in between for stacking the boring-now-made-exciting items like bills. Thanks!

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  30. OH.MY.GOODNESS.

    These turned out adorable !I do believe that the dollar tree is calling my name..today...right now !And I so can see a green/blue tiered tray sitting on my desk !

    Thank you...you crafty godess...for this fab idea !

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  31. Those look really great! Sweet colors!!
    Margaret

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  32. They look SOOOO pretty! Love it!

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  33. I can just see little cups of skittles all over those, or jelly beans (but i dont like jelly beans) or the yummy colors of m&ms from Michael's... oooh or jolly ranchers... I have candy on the brain! ~ what a rainbow of dee.lish

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  34. Beautiful! Can I ask one question? Why are they not food safe? If they are coated with a sealant, would they be? Just wondering!

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  35. Alternate title: Cirque du Tiered Tray

    Cheryl's on to something with her craft show display idea-- how amazing would your pretty. messy. flowers. be on those trays? The next Queen Bee Market perhaps? Hm...

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  36. I take back my earlier post of not spray painting the cheesy trays.

    I blame it on a lack of coffee. Or limited vision. Maybe both. But I digress.

    Awesomely cute trays. I want to go spray paint trays now.

    My husband thanks you.

    xo
    c

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  37. Love these - but I don't know if I have a dollar store around south Orange County. Gr!

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  38. Um, oh my delicious!! Where did you get the frame?!?!

    Valspar is my favorite!! I've spray painted and re-spray painted a mirror inour room a handful of times with different Valspar colors and it's holding up well!

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  39. love this and thanks for the tutorial for those of us that are spray paint and crafty challenged...love the bright colors...

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  40. These are simply adorable. I love every sibgle one. Gorgeous colors!! Fabulous job! Hope you are enjoying your weekend! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  41. gave you an award on my blog! love the colors!

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  42. LOVE. Valspar is my favorite too. They carry lots of colors at Lowes.
    I am rather spray paint addicted myself. It is so quick--that instant gratification gets me.
    Love from Greta

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  43. I LOVE this idea!

    I'm your newest follower.
    http://fromlazytolady.blogspot.com

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  44. I think I must Google "Dollar Tree" and find one in my neck of the woods!! LOVING these trays Julie!! Thanks for sharing! Or not - if I can't find a Dollar Tree close I may be green with envy!! :)

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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  45. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!

    Just sayin' that you can rock that spray paint can!

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  46. wowsa, so fun! Those are fantastic. Wish I had extra space, but we're clearing out these days.

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  47. L O V E them! And the colors are SO yummy! Stop by my blog for a fun yellow and white giveaway I'm hosting!

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  48. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LVOE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE

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  49. GENIUS!!! And I LOVE the colors you chose!

    Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
    party inspiration

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  50. Love it! Not only do I want to paint these trays, I want to paint my white starfish now too! And I agree, Valspar spray paint is awesome!

    Mary Ellen

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  51. These are adorable!! Love them!! I'd love to come to a cupcake party at your house...as long as you keep your promise to keep the trays lined :)

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  52. These are wonderful! I posted about these on my blog. I am going to have to make these for a huge birthday party we are having in August for my husband who will be 30 and my daughter who will be 3! Thanks for the inspiration.

    http://doehlerdays.blogspot.com/2010/06/i-love-these-bright-trays-that-joys.html

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  53. Seriously, seriously, seriously too cute for words!

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  54. OMGosh! I've been in the market to make some cupcake trays and this idea is PERFECT! I am SO doing it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. :)

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  55. I will also be doing this for craft shows - with pink, black and silver Black Cat Mima colors! Thanks so much, and yes i love that Valspar spray paint too! They also have it at Lowe's in loads of colors . . . but Lowe's doesn't have the 40% coupons which is a bummer!

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  56. I LOVE how bright and HAPPY these are! They brightened up my day- thanks!

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  57. THese are amazing! I used the exact same pieces for my wedding dessert buffet, but I never thought to paint them- genius! When I get ready to do a craft show, these would be absolutely perfect for my products. Thank you!

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  58. OMG - what a brilliant idea! I think I will use this for my daughter, Matilda's 1st birthday coming up! Thank you, thank you!!

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  59. So CUTE!!! My little boy turns 2 next week and these would be perfect!

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  60. This will be perfect for my daughter's Alic in wonderland theme birthday party next month!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  61. I love this idea. I have only recently discovered the fun of spray paint and now am always on the hunt for something to make over. Thanks for this great idea!

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  62. I am so in love with these...Enough said! Thanks for sharing the awesome idea... Hitting the $1 Dollar store this weekend

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  63. I LOVE this idea!! I am thinking some of these would be cute in my scraproom to hold lots of the little stuff I use often!! TFS!!

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  64. I absolutely love this and wish I saw it a few days ago b/c my daughters party is in the morning! I LOVE spray painting things!!!

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  65. These turned out awesome. In red and blue they would be perfect cupcake holders for my son's Thomas birthday party.

    I would love it if you would join me at my next link party on wednesday!

    http://lifeinmypjs.blogspot.com

    Thanks!

    ~Ela

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  66. Beyond adorable! I can't wait to give this a try.

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  67. How did you wash these? Did your food taste like spray paint after? I tried this and.....it didn't so work so well :0( The painting part went fine, but I was concerned about having a weird tasted with the food so I ran them through the dish washer and the paint didn't handle it so well. Please help!

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  68. these are soo cute and fun! they would be perfect for a kid's birthday party. i see lots of fun cupcakes filling those trays! great job!

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  69. These are awesome! I love them and I love the colors. I can't wait to try some.

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  70. I've got stuff to make these, but I'm having trouble committing to a color!

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  71. These turned out fantastic!!! I love the bright,pretty colors!!

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  72. These colors make me so happy! Such a cute idea!

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  73. These are so cute! I love the color you chose! They would make nice gifts also.
    Saw this on The CSI Project =)

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  74. This is adorable. Gonna use this!! Thanks for the tutorial

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  75. Those are awesome! I saw these on the CSI Project and came right over! I'm in stash-busting mode right now, and unfortunately no of these items are in my current stash, but they will be soon, very soon....{evil laugh}...

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  76. Hi! I just wanted to stop by and say congrats! I didn't have time to comment when I was judging the CSI entries last week. You did a great job! I love your project because even though I have seen the tiered tray project a dozen times, you picked cool colors and twisted the project into something new & fresh! Don'tcha just love those metal dollar store trays?

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  77. LOVE me some Dollar Store! These are gorgeous! Thanks so much for the details, I'll be linking.

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  78. I love the color palette that you've got going on here - very cute!

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  79. I just love your trays! I'm linking t this on my crafty linking party as I need a bit more color to keep the guests happy! I'd love it if you'd drop by too and link to something else, either this week or next! All the best, Sara

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  80. These are super cute but I have a silly question. I get why you can't put them thru the dishwasher, but why can't you put food on them?

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  81. when I first saw this I knew I had to end my spray paint virginity and do it ASAP!! they are just supremely amazing!!! so, today I finally made it out shopping to get everything and got to work!

    my blue trays turned out perfect. I also got a pumpkin orange and can't for the life of me get and even am thorough coverage! this is my first time spray painting, so I'm just wondering if there's some sort of technique I should be aware of?

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  82. Just a note to let you know I'm posting about this at Dollar Store Crafts on Sunday:

    http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2010/06/a-twist-on-tiered-trays-color-pop (will work on Sun)

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  83. Love this! I stumbled and added to my FB page. Getting lots of great comments about you over there:-)

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  84. Wowee - over 100 comments...and yet I want to add...These are so cute! And look like fun to make, especially the spray-painting part.

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  85. I never thought of spray painting my dollar store made pedestals ... thanks for the inspiration! My husband may not be happy though ... I'll need a bigger kitchen to store them all! LOL! :)

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  86. Joy, your trays are sooo cute! and your post made me laugh out loud! thanks for sharing!!!! I've been making cake stands from china and crystal, but yours are so colorful! I love it!

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  87. How fun and cool are those! They turned out really great. So easy too!

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  88. I couldn't love these colors any more. Super happy!!

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  89. Hi Julie~

    I hope ya don't mind, I just put a link to your blog and a pic of your tiered tray project!

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  90. These are freakin' adorable!! Oh man, I'm running to Dollar Tree ASAP! They would be so perfect for my daughters birthday coming up!! I can't get enough of tiered stands, I think I'm an addict, hehe! Thanks for sharing your idea!

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  91. I LOVE the idea... so creative! I think this is the most creative cake platters I've seen! I will defenily try to make them. Thanks!

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  92. That is totally cutesy, and we love, love, love the $1 Tree. We'll have to try it for our next party, thanks!

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  93. Oh how I love the bright colors! I'd decorate my whole house in those colors if my husband would let me and my guests wouldn't think I'd lost it!

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  94. Wonderful idea! I'll be sure to use it at some point! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  95. This is an amazing project! Great for DIY weddings!

    -Nicole
    www.craftmysoul.blogspot.com

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  96. Just to let you know I finally made some fun and "pink" tiered trays! And as you warned
    I will want to make many, many, many, moro {for Halloween!}
    I love it! Thank you again! Check them out at
    www.sweetbambinos.blogspot.com

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  97. I love the trays :D they are so cute.

    I have one suggestion. If the trays will have much weight on them or if they are going to be sitting on the same counter/shelf/furniture for a long time, especially if its a painted surface, it may be a good idea to glue felt to the bottom. Cheap craft store felt works. Or if they sit on a paper doily, table cloth or napkin that will help. Rustoleum and valspar shouldnt cause problems but sometimes the cheaper spray paint will stick to other surfaces and actually pull off of the item you painted. That could leave bright paint on a white shelf.

    I am going to have to make some of these for my wedding! Black candlesticks and silver trays... covered in cookies :D :D :D Actually, if a person wanted to they could use stencils to make coordinating patterns. zomgosh!

    Awesome blog :)

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  98. I love the trays :D they are so cute.

    I have one suggestion. If the trays will have much weight on them or if they are going to be sitting on the same counter/shelf/furniture for a long time, especially if its a painted surface, it may be a good idea to glue felt to the bottom. Cheap craft store felt works. Or if they sit on a paper doily, table cloth or napkin that will help. Rustoleum and valspar shouldnt cause problems but sometimes the cheaper spray paint will stick to other surfaces and actually pull off of the item you painted. That could leave bright paint on a white shelf.

    I am going to have to make some of these for my wedding! Black candlesticks and silver trays... covered in cookies :D :D :D Actually, if a person wanted to they could use stencils to make coordinating patterns. zomgosh!

    Awesome blog :)

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  99. Thank you for sharing, love your colorful idea!

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  100. Soooo beautiful! May I feature your tutorial on my blog? I'm totally crushing on cake stands right now. LOL!!

    Brandy
    www.partiesandcupcakes.blogspot.com

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  101. You inspired me! I did change out the trays to one's I had already purchased from Party City. Their new line of acrylic plates in avocado that were $9.99 for 10, so about the same price :)

    I've gone platter and vase crazy at the dollar store! Thank you :)

    http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/p271/rachelfaison/IMG_0305.jpg

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  102. These are just so great! I wanted to let you know I shared this post on my blog and tried them myself for my daughters party.
    www.jatyourservice.blogspot.com

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  103. I am SOOOO taking this idea for my daughters bday!! those same colors too!!! TFS!!! what a cheap way to have teared plates!!!!

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  104. I just wanted to pop over and thank you for posting this tutorial. My first attempt at making at tiered tray for my daughter's rainbow party was a success - thanks to your simple instructions!

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  105. Thank you so much for this cool tutorial!! I successfully made some trays for my son's Lego Star Wars party...http://cakepopsgalore.blogspot.com/2010/10/death-star-cake-popsstar-wars-birthday.html
    Thank you!! You are so crafty adn talented!!

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  106. just wanted to let you know that i've linked to this tutorial! my friend and i just started a crafting newbie blog, and yours was one of the first projects i had the courage to try...thanks so much!

    www.craftlaboration.blogspot.com

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  107. Help! Michaels has discontinued Valspar spray paint. Does anyone know who else sells it? I have all my other supplies to make these gorgeous trays for a baby shower next week!

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  108. I came in to check out these gorgeous tray but stayed for your amazing humor! You are so funny and yes the trays are awesome too.

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  109. Hi there! I just found you through Kim's website at TomKat Studios and I must say that I TRIPLE HEART the cupcake stands that you made. I mean, adorable. Also, you are hilarious. I think I HEART you too! Thanks for making me smile this morn!

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  110. Oh my..just found your blog thru tomkat studio and am nwo a follower (much to hubby's dismay, another blog to get more ideas!!). I love it! GREAT GREAT GREAT!

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  111. You made me laugh the whole way through your tray commentary. If you aren't already writing a humor column in your local newspaper, you should. Seriously! The trays are fun and functional as well!!!

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  112. i blogged this today! http://papercakesfinds.blogspot.com/2011/01/daily-diy_26.html

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  113. I love your blog. I love this idea - I am linking to it over at my blog tomorrow: www.mycreativeescapes.blogspot.com

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  114. Absolutely Lovely! Thanks for sharing!!! I just found you today!!!

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  115. Wow! I love them! Thanks for the how-to. The colors you used are perfect for spring! So many possiblities!

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  116. What a great idea!! I've been looking for cupcake stands for my daughter's first birthday and haven't found any that I like. These will be a great idea and I can use the colors that I want as well!! Can't wait to do these. =)

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  117. I love this idea. I have seen many way to make your own, but love that you spray painted them.

    Now I just wish I could find some candlesticks at my Dollar Tree. These will be so cute for so many different kinds of parties and at such a good price!

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  118. Love love love it! This is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you and can't wait to do this for a baby shower. THANK YOU!

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  119. These are absolutely too cute!
    I'm doing this for my son's birthday party in red and blue for cupcakes. I'm wondering how many cupackes I can fit on a stand?

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  120. Wow, these are sooo.....cute! I'm lovin' the colors.
    CAS

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  121. I was in the market to make some of these tiered trays! I added you to my blog so that my friends can link to your page and see how to make your nifty trays! Great job!

    remakingitmine.blogspot.com

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  122. I am sooooo making these for my little girls first birthday!!! We go ALL out on our parties and these are absolutely to die for!!! thanx for sharing!!!

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  123. It was a crazy way I found your blog but so glad I did. Love this tutorial! so cool
    TFS

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  124. Love this!
    and another dollar store idea for you, buy a shower curtain for your canvas tarp.

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  125. These are fabulous and love the colours. Thanks for the tutorial, you have a wonderful blog :)

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  126. http://melanieandbeau.blogspot.com/2011/04/cupcake-tower.html

    I did these in plain white back in may! :)

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  127. How great are the tiered trays! Just lovely!

    Thanks for sharing.

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  128. I love these. I ran out today and got the trays at my local dollar tree. However, they didn't have the candle sticks. Now I have to find another store that carries them. thank you.

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  129. am making hese for my twin first birthday party!!! I can't wait to get started.

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  130. THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH FOR POSTING THIS!! I am relatively new (been diving in full throttle about 4 months) to the world of crafting (especially interested in upcycle, re-purpose,and frugal crafts). So I recently decided to plan a surprise birthday party for my grandmother, with cupcakes instead of cake (I ADORE cupcakes), and have been searching around DIY party decor and stuff, very vintage/indie/retro kind of feels. So I just went today and got the stuff to make these stands, and I really could not be happier with the results!!! They were so cheap to make, and so so simple, but the finished product is so cute, and chic, and pretty! The tutorial was so great while doing it, and I appreciate the added advice from your trial run (So many ppl leave out the details)and I was super drawn to being able to totally personalize the colors to fit my grandmother unique personality and the feel I'm trying to go for at the party. Thanks a million for this, I'm addicted and I can't wait to make a hundred more!!! PS. I found three different shapes of the trays (Oval (like in the pic above), round, and square! Can't wait to have some fun mixing shapes AND colors!

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  131. These are so cute! I am going to leave them Silver and Clear. We looked and looked for the right cupcake stand, and this is perfect for our Christmas Eve Party!

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  132. Beautiful idea! I probably should make some for holidays as we used our cupcake stand to make Christmas tree ;)

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  133. I just spotted these on Pinterest and love them. Krylon makes a non toxic spray paint that comes in a decent array of colors. That way food could go directly on the tray and you can even paint with it indoors. I an assuming these trays are plastic which probably couldn't be used with this paint. Maybe you could with the right priming but for someone who wanted to use glass or ceramic plates this would be a good option.
    http://www.krylon.com/products/h2o_latex/

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  134. they are so cute! but, how can you make them food safe?

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  135. Either put paper below your food or use cupcake liners.

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  136. I LOVE them!!!! I'm going to make some soon!!!

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  137. I was going to joke and say crazy...maybe...but could be all the fumes. hahahahha   :D
     

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  138. My final coat is out in the garage drying now! I am creative challenged and this is my first ever project. They already look amazing! Thanks for your step by step instructions :) I'm using mine as cupcake towers for a baby shower I'm hosting and then will be giving one to the mom to be (same colors as her nursery) and the other I will be using as a stand for my little girls thousands of hair accessories (her room happens to have the same colors). Thanks again ;)

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  139. You are brilliant! Thank you!

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  140. thank you so much! these are adorable!! i had been waiting and waiting for an excuse to make them, and finally found one when i had a baby shower to plan. referenced your site in my blog post: All Things with Purpose: A Spring Baby Shower

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  141. OMG I love you and your writing and this post. Oh the trays are amazing too :)

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  142. Thanks a million, I'm planning my baby girls first Birthday party and wanted to do it all myself. thanks

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  143. seriously cute. and you crack me up!!! i love it! thanks for making me laugh.

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  144. These will work great in primary colors for my Grandsons "Curious George" first birthday party.

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  145. These are fabulous! Love the bright colors!

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  146. I have tried for months to find the candlesticks at Dollar Tree...to no avail. Any idea of another store that might carry them? I look everywhere I go and haven't had any luck.

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    1. You can actually order them on line at dollartree.com but you have to order a case of them. I have seen them at Wal-Mart also.

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  147. I love these! Thanks so much for sharing all the details, including the brands of the paint and the names of the colors.

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  148. These are just so awesome and your instructions had me laughing out loud. I need to get my mitts on some of that amazing blue Valspar!!

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  149. Thanks for this I love them!!! I made them, but with colorful plastic plate/trays from the Dollar Tree. They turned out great and are safe for food!! :)

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  150. I felt the same way when I stumbled across a pin on Pinterest with trays like these. Like you, I RAN to the Dollar Store and got all my supplies. I ended up getting a glass vase to put between one set and a plastic candlestick on the other set. I spray painted them a marbled dark brown to match my bath cabinets that I had just finished painted from another pin I spotted. I have all my "bath" stuff on mine and it gives me so much more room on the counter. Love them and was so cheap and easy to make!

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  151. Where did you get that frame from ?

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    1. Ikea. It comes in black and they make a mirror too.

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  152. I am happy to find this very useful for me, as it contains lot of information. I always prefer to read the quality content
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  153. Super cute!! I'm making this for my daughter's birthday party in November. She's having a Minnie Mouse party & the colors are black, white & hot pink. I think I'll paint the plates hot pink & the candlesticks black.

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  154. First time here and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post! You are so funny and you made me smile through out :) I wish I found all these stuffs here in Sri Lanka...wouldn't know where to get them either! I just love the stands - they are gorgeous! Well Done!

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  155. This is SO cute.. thank you so much for sharing! I've just finished a frugal crafts round-up and hope it is okay that I featured your cute tiered trays. You can see it here: http://jamiebrock.hubpages.com/hub/Frugal-Crafts-15-Easy-Craft-Ideas

    Thank you for sharing this super cute craft!

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  156. Absolutely love these I Might make one for our keys by the front door! And a few for future craft shows. The last one I made... I didn't do it right lol... Thanks so much for sharing!

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  157. Very clever idea! I love the colors, and even better the tutorial. Have you ever considered Stand-Up comedy?

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  158. 1st time at your blog.
    And...I just fell in love with you.
    Thankfully- Im not into that girl on girl thing lol

    TOTAL AWESOMENESS
    Just made my daughter a lemonade stand for her bday party, and coupdnt figure out where I was going to fit all those yummy lemon goodies...but NOW...yay!!
    thanks for the genius idea

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  159. I had been thinking of doing something similar (not the stacked trays but just one tray and candle stick for a pseudo cake stand). Glad I found your project with all the helpful tidbits of info. BTW, I heart Valspar paint, too.

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  160. I just found this post - and can I say, BRILLIANT! I wonder if sealing the trays might help to make them food-safe? Regardless, they are beautiful, and I am SO jonesing to make these!

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  161. Found this on Pinterest and it is such a great and simple idea! Thank you!! Thanks so much for sharing...we are having a fancy tea at our church and I need to make some sparkly gold ones...will try to send ya a picture later!! Woo hooo! Excited! Love your blog too!

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  162. So cute! I think I'm going to try these soon! Thanks.

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  163. I love these! Thanks for sharing such a great idea!

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  164. Try using NON-TOXIC spray paint. Then you don't have to cover-up you work.

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  165. I forgot the PRIMER! They are sticky! Darn it!

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  166. Thanks for sharing! I linked to this post in my Glow Party series. http://www.morewithlessmom.com/index.php/2014/06/25/diy-glow-party-teen-birthday-rave-decorations/

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  167. Sooooo, I know it's like 4 years later but I wanted to let you know that I made these for my daughter's first birthday and absolutely LOVE them. Her theme is Candyland/Sweet Shoppe and they are perfect for the cake & candy table. They've kind of become an obsession, I've made TONS of them. Thank you for the great tutorial! Saved me tons of money on ugly, generic cupcake stands. :)
    PS. To anyone looking to make these - DO NOT skip the primer. Trust me, I tried.

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