DIY cake stand

A good friend of mine is pregnant with her second baby, which is a GIRL! YAY! I’ve decided to help host the baby shower, because who doesn’t love a baby shower? Naturally I volunteered to make the cupcakes (because in the kitchen is my favorite place to be!), as well as a couple other things for the shower.

The theme is vintage/rustic. So I wanted to build a cake stand that was going to articulate this theme and be unique. I searched the area thrift stores for pieces that I could turn into a great cake stand. I found a few serving plates, a couple candle stick holders, and a neat candy dish that serves as the top. All together these pieces cost me a total of $7.67. Sometime similar like this ( https://www.wayfair.com/Amalfi-Decor-Victoria-3-Piece-Metal-Cake-Stand-Set-AMDE1016.html  ) has a high price tag of $143.99. Doing it DIY style is most definitely creating savings! This is what I gathered:

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If you can’t find all your pieces at thrift stores, check out the dollar store where I actually got one of the pieces as pictured below. It was a clear candle holder, a little paint and VOILA!

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Now with a degree behind me of Auto Collision and Repair, I have knowledge in how to paint. So this part, painting the pieces to match, was easy for me. However for some that don’t know how to spray paint, here is a great informative video for you to understand the right way. Rustoleum is my choice of product, and go to for almost everything! They have a nice wide variety of options.

 

The first step to this DIY project would be to remove all stickers from your pieces. If some residue is left over, a little dawn dish-soap and water on a scrubbing sponge will take that off. If not some Goo Gone works great at removing sticker residue. You can find this at most hardware stores, and even some grocery stores in the cleaning isle.

After you have removed stickers you are going to want to thoroughly clean everything with a warm soapy water and sponge. After they have been washed, let them air dry overnight to be sure all water has evaporated. If you have any water left in there, this will cause issues with paint and it is not pretty! BE PATIENT!

First step to painting parts that are going to assemble together would be to paint the bottoms. The reason for this is because you want the tops to be the nicest, free of any scrapes or any imperfections.

Lay them out on something that is above the ground. this way you have access to picking them up. If you don’t have a pallet to paint on like I do, place a Tupperware bowl underneath or an old shoe box (depending on size of your pieces).

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A few tips to remember when spray painting anything:

  1. Always be in a well ventilated area.
  2. Slow and steady wins the race! (don’t try to cover in one coat)
  3. Two coats is usually enough, but three for sure covers it.

Follow directions on back of can for dry times. Generally it is dry to maneuver in 10 minutes. I wouldn’t move on to the next phase for at least 2 hours though. Allow the paint adequate time to dry before trying to glue.

Time for the final stage… GLUING!

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http://eclecticproducts.com/products/e6000/e6000-craft.html

This stuff is the BEST glue you will ever find. It can glue just about anything, to ANYTHING! Definitely get yourself a tube of this at your local craft store and keep it handy. (But away from the kids please!) This comes in black, white or clear and also small or large tubes. I always have a tube of clear E6000 in my house!

It takes about 24 hours for this to set up, so set it in a place that has some time to not be bothered. After its all glued together you’ve got a beautiful cake stand like pictured below. Please don’t mind barbie trying to photo bomb there, she just had to get her few minutes of fame! 🙂

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What DIY projects are you working on?! I’d love to hear about it!

 

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