How to Make a Dessert Stand with Glass Plates

I didn’t have any pretty serving pieces to use for Fall and Winter entertaining. Not that I bake cakes or fancy desserts but my local bakery does! I had an idea to create a dessert stand with glass plates, candle holders, and colorful spray paint!

These stands can be created very quickly and this project is very inexpensive! The dollar store is also a great resource for clear dinnerware and candle holders.

Materials:

  • Glass dinner plate
  • Glass salad plate
  • Two glass candle holders
  • Stencil, glittery paint, and sponge dauber
  • Masking tape
  • Spray paint
  • Stik n’ Seal adhesive

Start by cleaning the back sides of the plates. Any smudges or fingerprints will certainly show up after painting!  The plates will be painted in reverse – in other words, stenciling first, then painting the base coat! Place the stencil and paint using the sponge dauber. (I used Martha Stewart glitter paints in Turquoise and Fire Opal)

I like to have a clear border around the edges of my plates so I masked off this area with the masking tape.

I took the plates outside and gave each of them two coats of spray paint. (I used Rust-Oleum 2x spray paint in Lagoon, Eden, and Aubergine)

I gave each of the candle holders two coats of spray paint, also.

After all of the paint was dry (about a day for good measure), I was ready to attach the candle holders to the bottom of the plates. I applied a bead of Stik n’ Seal to the candle holder (which, in my opinion, is the best adhesive for glass!) and positioned the candle holder in the center of the plate. The adhesive will dry in about 24 hours.

I didn’t glue the smaller cake stand to the larger cake stand. This can definitely be done, if desired!

Voila! Pretty plates display the fantastic desserts the bakery has created… Ha ha!!

  

 

Until next time,

Happy Creating!

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Make Beautiful Wall Hooks with Glass Door Knobs

How to Make Glass Knob Wall Hooks

Here is another accessory I saw at the local craft store. The price on these cute hooks wasn’t bad ($9.99) but I wanted to make them instead as I already had the glass knobs at home!

I bought the frames at the dollar store – I used 3-1/2″ x 5″ frames. I think these would make fantastic gifts for some of The Han’s friends… Unless I decide to keep them for myself!! Let me show you how to make glass knob wall hooks…

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Materials:

  • Drill
  • Forstner bit & brad-point bit
  • Glass knob
  • 1″ long bolt to fit into knob
  • Picture frame
  • Plywood cut to fit into the frame opening ( I used scraps of Purebond plywood)
  • Spray paint
  • Scrapbooking paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Liquid Nails
  • Soda can tab (for hanger)

Remove the glass and back from the frame. Cut a piece of wood to fit into the frame opening. I used a 5/8″ Forstner bit to create a hole for the bolt. Do not drill all of the way through the board. Use the bolt itself to check the depth of the hole. The top of the bolt head should fit flush with the back of the board.

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I used a 1/4″ brad-point bit to drill the hole completely through the board for the bolt.

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Paint the edges with spray paint (I used Rust-Oleum in Lagoon, Eden, and Aubergine, as well as Valspar in Frosty Berry) then paint the frame the same color.

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After the paint dries, apply a coat of Mod Podge to the top of the board and apply the scrapbooking paper.

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Apply a few dabs of Liquid Nails to the opening of the frame and insert the board with the paper showing through the front.

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Add the soda can tab (or sawtooth hanger) to the back.  Insert the bolt, and attach the knob. Tighten the set screw on the knob to keep it secure.

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I made four of them in various colors!

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Such a cheap and easy project, and the wall hooks would make great gifts! Any questions about how to make glass knob wall hooks? Leave a comment below!




Add a Fun Touch to Hanging File Folders

How to Update Hanging File Folders

Over at my other side, Designs by Studio C, I shared a file cabinet I built to organize my messy desk and created plans to build one for yourself, so why not give the hanging file folders an update, too?

Let’s admit it – hanging file folders are not very attractive. They are certainly very handy but can get ratty and worn very quickly. Updating the folders will add a pretty touch to your organization project! Scrapbooking paper is the main component in this makeover. It is so abundant that there is sure to be something for any decor – including the man cave! Follow along as I show how to update hanging file folders!

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Materials:

  • Hanging file folders
  • Scrapbooking paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Scissors & ruler
  • Craft knife

I had to cut approximately 1/4″ off of the paper to fit the width of my file folders.

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Score a 1″ fold at the top of each sheet of paper using a scoring tool or a butter knife.

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Spread a coat of Mod Podge on the file folder and apply the paper, smoothing out any bubbles.

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Apply a little Mod Podge to the inside of the folder to allow for the scored fold.

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Cut approximately 2-1/2″ off of the length of the second piece of paper. Repeat the process for applying the paper to the other side, overlapping the bottom.

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Now organizing paperwork will seem like less of a chore with these pretty folders… Maybe not!

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These folders would make a great gift for someone with a new job or for a college student! Any questions or comments about how to update hanging file folders? Leave a comment below!




Tidy Up the Office by Giving the Wastebasket an Update!

How to Give an Old Wastebasket a Makeover

When I cleaned out my daughter’s room (see the Teen Room Makeover at Designs by Studio C) I found her old wastebasket complete with gum and candy stuck inside of it. I bought a new one for her and decided that this one was too great to throw away. I figured I could give it a makeover and use it at my own desk space! I’ll show you how to give an old wastebasket a makeover!

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Materials:

  • Wastebasket or other container needing a makeover
  • Paint & brush
  • Scrapbooking paper
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge

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I started by giving the inside a through cleaning. I pried the gum and candy out hoping I wouldn’t have to paint the inside, but in the end it got a couple coats anyway! I also removed the cats from the outside and sanded with 220 grit sandpaper.

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I decided on three pretty scrapbooking papers. I folded the first piece over one of the sides to mark the creases for the edge. With a scoring tool, I scored a line where the creases were in order to make nicer folds (A butter knife will work as well), then drew a line 1/2″ outside of the fold. I applied Mod Podge to the side and positioned the paper. I repeated the process for the other side.

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Once the first two sides were dry, I traced the edges of one of the other sides on a second print of paper then cut it out. I applied Mod Podge on one of the remaining sides, then positioned the paper and repeated the process for the other side.

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I cut strips from the third paper then coated the top edge with Mod Podge, and positioned the paper.

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That was it! So quick and easy, and no candy! This was a super-simple project and used up a few pieces of the many tons of scrapbooking paper I own. Any questions or comments on how to give an old wastebasket a makeover? Leave them below!

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Make a Great Set of Bookends for Any Decor!

How to Make Peace Sign Bookends

My daughter, The Han, is a bookworm. She could honestly open her own library because she has so many books! I can’t complain about a child who loves to read, though. Since she has so many books, organization seems to be a problem.

I saw these cute bookends in one of the high-end catalogs and decided to hack this design! The Han helped me with this project so we could customize it to match her room. It is very simple and can be completed in a weekend. The height is totally customizable to match the peace sign (or any other chipboard piece) being used. (Mine was extremely large!) Let me show you how to make Peace Sign bookends for yourself…

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Materials:

  • Chipboard peace sign (or any other initial or symbol)
  • 1×3 board at 3′
  • Paint
  • Scrapbooking paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Brad nailer & 1-1/4″ brad nails

Cut the pieces for the bookends as determined by the height and the width of the chipboard piece. If using a peace sign, it will be cut in half (each half will sit on a bookend) so the width will be based on half of the total width. If using an initial or another symbol, it will not be cut in half so the width will be based on the total width of the piece.

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Paint the bookends. I used three coats of paint on mine.

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If using a symbol like I did, mark the center and cut the piece in half with a jigsaw.

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Paint only the edges of the chipboard piece.

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After the paint dries, spread a coat of Mod Podge on one side of the chipboard piece and position the scrapbooking paper.

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Let it dry, then use a craft knife to trim the excess paper away. Repeat the process for the other side.

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To attach the chipboard pieces to the bookends, I ran a thin line of glue along the straight edge and clamped it in place. Then I kept my fingers crossed (and out of the way) while I used the brad nailer to attach the chipboard piece to the bookend.

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So cute! I’d like to try these for myself using – what else – the letter C!

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The bookends are so easy and my daughter really loves them! (Yes, she really does read John Grisham – she loves him!) Have any questions on how to make Peace sign bookends? Leave a comment below!




Recycle a Wine Bottle to Make a Fragrance Diffuser

How to Make a Fragrance Diffuser with a Wine Bottle

There really are some beautiful wine bottles out there and I just hate to throw them out after enjoying the contents (hee hee)! I’m trying to find various ways to use them decoratively around the house. I think I’ve come up with another idea… Today, I will share how to make a fragrance diffuser with a wine bottle, complete with hardware to hang it on the wall! All it takes are a few inexpensive parts, your favorite fragrance, and you’re off!

 

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Materials:

  • Wine Bottle
  • Top plate connector (found in the plumbing section of any home improvement store)
  • 3/8″ threaded rod
  • 1″ split-ring hanger for 3/8″ rod (also found in the plumbing section)
  • 2 – 3/8″ hex nuts
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Vase filler (I used crushed shells)
  • Diffuser oil

 

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Okey dokey… Start by cutting the threaded pipe with a hacksaw to the length desired. I cut mine at about 5″. The only top plate connectors I could find were galvanized. Galvanized material can be painted but it doesn’t last very long but since this is a project for the indoors, it should be fine. Prime and paint as desired. Screw the plate connector to the drywall through a stud or using proper anchors such as auger anchors. Thread one of the nuts onto the rod, and thread the rod into the plate connector. Tighten the nut against the connector to secure it.

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Thread the second nut onto the rod, then thread the split ring onto the rod. The rod should not interfere with the inside of the ring. Tighten the nut against the ring to secure it.

 

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Using a funnel, fill the bottle about half way with the vase filler.

 

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Pour the diffuser oil into the bottle and add the bamboo skewers.

 

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Insert the bottle neck into the split ring and tighten the screws. Try not to overtighten as the bottle may break!

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Voila! Gorgeous decoration on the cheap!  Think of it as a two-for-one deal… Not only do you get to enjoy the fabulous contents of the bottle but you get a fantastic decoration, too!

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As a side note, the bottle can also be used as a wall-mounted vase and the wall connector can be used with the outdoor torches created in this post. Have any questions about how to make a fragrance diffuser with a wine bottle? Leave a comment below!