Upcycled Puzzle Serving Tray

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Today is my daughter’s 18th birthday!  My daughter finished the puzzle I gave her and when I found a serving tray in the Target dollar section – I knew how to preserve it!

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Here is my daughter’s completed puzzle. She already has a few puzzles framed so she wanted something different this time.

I found this tray in the Target dollar section and knew it would be perfect.

I painted the bottom of the tray with Mod Podge.

I slid the puzzle onto the tray, centered it, and pressed it down onto the Mod Podge. I let that dry completely.

I decided I didn’t like the plaid edges, so I used Apple Barrel Multi Surface blue paint to paint the edges. I let that dry completely.

I coated the entire bottom surface with Mod Podge Hard Coat to protect it and let that dry.

Here’s the completed tray.

Now my daughter can have her snacks during homework time on it.

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  1. Oh my gosh, Chas! That is so perfect for your daughter. Wishing her a Happy Birthday!

    1. Thank you so much Linda. It was nice to come up with something she would use and enjoy her hard work for years to come.

  2. That is truly amazing how you converted the puzzle onto the tray! What a neat idea for your daughter’s birthday! Too often no one knows what to do with the completed puzzles! The tray turned out fabulous!

    1. Thank you very much Gail. You’re right and we already framed one of her puzzles so we wanted something different this time. She’ll be able to enjoy this and use it in so many different ways.

  3. What a nice way to preserve your daughter’s puzzle! Isn’t Target’s Dollar Bin the best? xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

    1. Thanks Kathleen, and yes I love that dollar section so very much. Makes it very affordable to do upcycles and create things for our homes.

  4. I love doing puzzles and that is a fun way to preserve one. How cool that she gets to have her snack on her puzzle tray.

    1. Thank you Jenny. I love that you enjoy doing puzzles, they are very relaxing. It’s been more useful than we thought as sometimes she uses it to carry this or that around too.

    1. Thank you so much Angela, she’s been enjoying it and I love that it’s useful.

  5. One of the greatest ways to upcycle a puzzle. Bravo!!! I pinned and shared and linked. Thanks for posting at Funtastic Friday.

    1. Thank you so very much Michele. Thank you for Pinning, sharing, and linking – I appreciate it. See you at the next link party 🙂

  6. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared.

  7. Congratulations! Your post was my feature pick at #OverTheMoon this week. Each Hostess displays their own features so be sure to visit me on Sunday evening and to see your feature! I invite you to leave more links to be shared and commented upon. Please don’t forget to add your link numbers or post title so we can be sure to visit!

    1. Thank you so very much Marilyn, you are just so sweet and supportive my friend. I’m so thrilled you like the tray and I’ll see you at this week’s party.

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