Joyful Mod Podge holiday tray.

Joyful Mod Podge holiday tray

Hi, my name is Anna, and I blog at My Life and Kids. I’m thrilled to be visiting Mod Podge Rocks today! 

I had three kids in three years and whew has my life changed! Just a few years ago I had a job I loved, a house in the city and a social life. Now I stay home with my three kids, I live in the suburbs, I wear mom jeans, AND I drive a minivan! In my spare time, I blog about it all at My Life and Kids. Today, I’m going to share one of my favorite holiday projects with you: my joy{ful} Mod Podge holiday tray.

Here’s What You’ll Need
Wooden Tray
Scrapbook Paper
Mod Podge
Craft Brush

I was {overly} excited to see that my local craft store carries wooden trays that are already painted white! Mine just happened to be on sale for $8.99 – but the regular price is $14.99 – and you can always find a 40% off coupon. If you don’t want a white tray, they also have smaller, bare-wood trays for $2.99 each.

I used my massive stash of scrapbook paper to cut a decorative border for the tray. Then I printed the letters J – O – Y onto white computer paper and traced them onto my scrapbook paper and cut them out. I probably could have printed them directly onto the scrapbook paper, but I didn’t think of that. Maybe next time.

Once I had everything positioned the way I wanted it, I used Mod Podge to keep them in place. First I used a foam craft brush to paint Mod Podge over the entire tray. Then I put my scrapbook paper in place and put a coat of Mod Podge over the entire tray again – being sure to smooth out any wrinkles along the way.

This year, Santa’s cookies will be served in style! Well – let’s be honest. I scarfed down every last one of those cookies within minutes of taking this picture. However – I’m sure I can show some restraint on Christmas Eve {at least until my kids go to bed}. 

Thanks so much for having me, Amy!

For more fun holiday projects, stop by My Life and Kids or find me on Facebook.

While you’re there, you can learn how I made my Mod Podge Christmas Trees, my secret to a happy marriage (please don’t tell my husband!), how I handled the MEAN comment I got on my blog, my answer when people ask, “Do you like staying home?” AND why my mom has to use the coffee shop drive thru.
Thank you so much for coming back, Anna. You are one of my favorites – I love your writing about parenthood!


  1. Anonymous says

    I am a first time Mod Podger and I used your idea to make a tray for my soon to be in-laws with a collage background and their family initial. Thanks so much for the idea. It turned out perfect!

  2. says

    Beautiful tray!!! How cute for the holidays!!! Thanks for the inspiration, I’m going to make a couple of these too! So fun for gifts!