I'm so excited to share this relatively quick and easy project with you.
As a lover of cupcakes ~ baking and eating ;o) ~ I have always wanted a pretty way to display those luscious, tiny round cakes.
I've had a couple inexpensive stands that just did not hold up. And being the
cheap thrifty person that I am, I could never bring myself to pay oogles of money for a really nice one.
Well, after perusing the net one day a while back, I stumbled upon this great stand handcrafted at
Shanty 2 Chic's blog.
Isn't it just gorgeous??!!!!
Click here to read how Ashley created this beauty.
It became my inspiration.
The only hurdle was not having any of the proper woodworking tools to make it.
I made a trip to Lowe's, bought an appropriately sized piece of maple plywood, and asked the nice lumber boy to cut it into the sized pieces I needed ~ 6, 10 and 14 inch squares. Another trip down the furniture pieces aisle and I grabbed a few chair legs with screw plates. I'll explain the reason for the screw plates in a bit. And lastly, I grabbed a decorative finial for the top. The only other supplies needed were a few cans of spray paint, and a trip to AC Moore Crafts for small unfinished wood candle holders for the feet.
After tallying up the cost of supplies purchased, I estimated the entire project to be around $30.
Not too bad!
I wish I could say I crafted this all by myself, but Hubby did attach the screw plates to the bottoms of the top and middle tiers; although, I sooo could have done it all by myself. You know . . . he's a dude . . . and there was a bit of power tool usage needed for the project . . . so . . . he had to get involved.
Now, the reason for the screw plates and chair legs is, as you may have guessed, so I can break it down for storage if needed. Pretty smart, huh?!
The rest of the project was all me. I sanded, primed, painted, distressed, antiqued, etc. Speaking of antiquing, I used the vaseline technique to antique it.
Again, refer to Shanty 2 Chic's blog for a tutorial on that method. No sense reinventing the wheel here since they've done a great job explaining it on their blog.
It really was a very simple project. Oh, I think I would have loved for it to be round, but not having the proper tools to make it round, I think it looks pretty okay being square. Besides, everyone has a round cupcake tower, so mine is a little different :o)
And, when it's not displaying yummy cupcakes, I can use it as cute centerpiece, or in this case on my hutch decked it out with some beachy-inspired elements.
I was able to get this stand finished for my niece's bridal shower this past weekend. She seemed a little disappointed that it wasn't hers to keep, so I think I'm going to have to whip one together for her.
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