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Dollar Store Tray — Update

II had a few people ask me about the finishes I used on the tray. The Mod Podge is used was Matte. And the clear finish I sprayed on at the end was:

Deft Cear Wood Finish Gloss. Some people were afraid about putting their food on the tray after it had been sprayed. So I called the Home Depot and asked them and they said it was safe after it dried. And just to be sure, I called the Deft people and asked them about whether the finish is “food grade” safe. They said that once dried, their finishes are non-toxic. I wiped mine down with a damp cloth before putting any food on it. The Deft people also said that their finishes are used on cribs and other baby items and have been tested for toxicity. They are also the people that make Miniwax wood finish and a whole bunch of other finishes. Just thought I would pass along that information! Also, I used the gloss finish, but if you like a more matte look — it also comes in satin.
And I am working on a tiered Valentine Dollar Store tray right now. I hope to share it with you very soon!
Thanks for all of your comments!

Have a Terrific Thursday!


  1. Love it. Seriously, where do you find the time to do these things?!

  2. Pam @ bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful says:

    Thanks for the info on the top coat- I was just wondering the exact same thing. I just found a couple of silverplate tiered trays at GW. The shapes are cute but the finishes could use some work. I'm assuming that regular spray paint is not food-grade safe?

  3. The tray is beautiful! I'm gonna scroll down to read the tutorial!

  4. Jen,

    I am just in awe of you. I am new to all the crafty blogs, and you have by far inspired me the most! You truly make me feel like I CAN do this! I have done several projects and almost all of them have been your's. Thanks for the down-to-earth, adorable inspiration.

  5. your tray looks great and thanks for the info on the finish. I would never have thought that stuff would be food safe. so cool!

  6. Carmie of The Single Nester says:

    Thanks for the update! I was wondering about the finish and the food safety as well. Thank you for researching it.

  7. Thanks for the info. I have one question ~ where do you find Matte Mod Podge. Everywhere I look it's all glossy. I love matte so much better!

  8. Very cute tray. I also LOVE the family photos! They are fabulous!

  9. I think my town must have the worst dollar stores ever. I'm snowed in and really wanted to make your tray. Do you think the dollar store had one? No! Thanks for the extra information about the finish.

  10. Brittany@twocrazycupcakes says:

    Great idea! Just recently found your blog and I love it!

  11. shortmama says:

    You are such a good girl to find out all these details!

  12. I just found your blog for the LOVE/ XOXO project. I did it tonight and it turned out just darling :)
    Thank you so much! I am following now ~ what a gift you have! For someone who has creativity I sure appreciate that you share how you do everything!!

    Look forward to knowing you…

    p.s. My daughter is Jenna and we call her JENJEN :)


  13. Thanks for the info. I had actually wondered before about the "food safe" issue. Can't wait to see the Valentine's project. :)

  14. So cauuute! I love the dollar store too! Can't wait to see the V-day one! I love the black and white though! Hope your having a great week!

  15. Designs on 47th Street says:

    This project is just as cute as it can be. How clever you are! thanks for checking so thoroughly to make sure it's safe for food. I know we all appreciate that!


  16. Thanks for the research! Sure would never have guessed that. Can't wait to see the tiered one! What's taking you so long? lol

  17. So cute!!! thanks for all the tips.

  18. Kelli @ RTSM says:

    Thanks for sharing all that extra info with us! I always wonder if Matte is okay to use on most stuff because that is what I normally use. I know there are a ton of different kinds though!

  19. Sheesh, you did some research! :)
    Hey, I didn't notice before that the cookies are arranged in a heart shape. Cute!

  20. Love it! You have no idea how much you inspire me. When/if I ever meet you, don't be surprised if I ask for your autograph. :)

  21. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    Aren't you a responsible blogger! : ) What a nice thing to do to find out the answer. They should send you some of that spray to thank you! In any event, I don't think you'd put food right on the tray anyway. Wouldn't you use a dish or something ~ just like any other tray.

  22. Wendy Ferguson says:

    I love this so much! Gonna get to the # store tomorrow! Thanks!!

  23. Jen – when you tempt us with your closing words like 'I'm working on…' I always kinda wish we could see part of it, or the work area, or even some of the tools you're using to make it out of focus in one of your other pictures. just a thought! :) maybe I should work on my own blog…

  24. so great you need to share the cupcakes too!

    Can't wait see the valentine tray

  25. ~Lavender Dreamer~ says:

    Thanks for always sharing your ideas! I love this! ♥

  26. Lissa @ MyThriftyTreasures says:

    I love this! How cute and easy. I get a little star struck at the Dollar Store too. So. Many. Possibilities. I love the paper you used and the handles for feet on the bottom is genius!

  27. Katie Lane says:

    Heck with the tray, I want the cupcakes :)

  28. It is SO cute! Thanks for all the info on the finish. I bought deft for a while from our local super store, but they don't carry it anymore. :(