Did you know in the crafty decorating world that….
YES…It does…. and I can prove it.
Valentine’s Day is coming up and today I am taking part in the Heartfelt and Handmade Valentine Blog Hop. I don’t decorate for the occasion, but do like to put out a doily candle or two, along with some pink roses.
My Valentine’s Day focus usually is on what to serve for a romantic dinner for two. :-)
This year, Ed and I are both trying to eat less. We have not cut out any food groups, but are just eating less of everything we enjoy.
We will probably have filet and some steamed veggies for dinner along with a glass of red wine.
For dessert, we are going to have cake, but instead of making or buying a whole cake that we would just end up eating (don’t want to do that) or throwing it away…total waste.
Instead, I plan to buy a single chocolate cake slice from the local bakery that we will split. Or to create this post… a slice from a frozen Pepperidge Farm Chocolate Cake found in the frozen food aisle at the supermarket. :-)
To make it seem like a fabulous indulgence, I decided to make it even more special by elevating it, not just to the extraordinary, but literally elevating the cake on a dessert size pedestal cake stand.
I was inspired to make a wood and marble dessert plate size pedestal stand after seeing this 9″ diameter stand that was sold at World Market. It is no longer available, so I decided to head to the thrift store to see if I could find an inexpensive piece of round marble and make my own.
When you DIY with found objects you find when out thrifting or in your own stash of stuff, you can design anything your heart and mind can imagine.
Last week I posted about my thrift store finds and told you I would show you what I did with each of the items. I bought this cheese plate for $3.
When I got home, I removed the round piece of marble from it. It was not hard, I simply pried it out of the wood with a putty knife.
Here is where I will prove that 1 + 1 = 1 with a little help from…
… hot glue, Liquid Nails, or Glue Dots.
When you glue 1 base to 1 round flat item it equals 1 pedestal stand. :-) 1 + 1 = 1
I bought the wood pedestal at Michaels.
You can leave the wood pedestal as is, paint it or stain it. I stained it using Amy Howard’s, Vintage Wood Better With Age that I had in my supply stash. It is kind of pricey. You can get the same look with this Driftwood Weathering Wood Finish or any driftwood or weathered wood stain. I mixed it with water to dilute it so it resembled a driftwood color. You can use it full-strength to create a dark wood finish. I rubbed white wax over it and into the grooves, then added 2 light coats of Polycrylic in a satin finish.
BUT….making a unique stand doesn’t have to stop with a wood pedestal and a piece of marble.
If the farmhouse style isn’t for you, look what other items you can use to make unique pedestal stands to fit any style.
For pedestal bases… I gathered the wood pedestal, a pillar candle holder, a woven item that is broken (thrift store find) and a silver candle stick holder.
For round tops, I gathered a basket, bowl, and a variety of dessert size plates I had, along with the round piece of marble.
More proof that 1 + 1 = 1. I used hot glue to attach the basket to the candle holder. If you only want to make it temporary, use Glue Dots that you can buy in the craft store.
Like vintage? Combine a tarnished silver candle stick to a glass plate. I used the clear formula of Liquid Nails to attach these 2 pieces since you can see through the glass plate.
I found this pink and white gingham pattern plate at Michaels. The marshmallow hearts are from HomeGoods.
I used hot glue to attach the broken woven base I found at the thrift store…
…with a white basketweave pattern plate to make a stand to hold jewelry on my bedroom dresser.
When gluing a base and a plate/basket together, place the plate upside down and then place the base on top. This way you will be able to see clearly and center the base on the plate.
Let the glue dry and then turn the stand right side up and it will be ready to use.
Remember the glass dome from the cheese board I took apart? It is too big to use with the marble round, but it works perfectly on a dessert size dinner plate.
Glass plates, wood pedestal, candle holders, round baskets…. Do you have any of these or something completely different that you can make into a pedestal stand that will fit your style?
If you don’t want to make a pedestal, here are a few regular size wood and marble pedestal stands I found online.
This post is part of a Valentine Blog Hop this week. If you are looking for more creative Valentines Day inspiration, check out the blog posts below to find many inspiring projects from my fellow blogging friends.
Big thanks to Jennifer from Town & Country Living for pulling us all together!
Also I am sharing this post over on: Tip Me Tuesday