Saturday, June 25, 2011

4th of July - $4 Cake Stands! {How to}

Seriously – these cost $4! I was planning a pool party for my boys, I needed cake stands and knew I wanted something I could also use for 4th of July, so I came up with this candlestick makeover cake stand:


Here is what you’ll need:
  • Candlesticks - Wood, glass or plaster work best.{Mine were a light wood/plaster}
  • Sandpaper
  • Primer
  • Spray paint in the color of your choice {I used Krylon Banner Red and Turquoise ~ I’m loving turquoise as a 4th of July color!}
  • Sealer/Poly to make the cake stand easier to wipe clean. Smile
  • PLATES {I found the plates first and then matched my paint color to them.} Target & Big Lots often have inexpensive plates. I bought my plates for $2.50 each @Target! {See pics of the plates at the bottom of this post.} Here's a pic of the supplies sans the paint & plates. {The spackle was to fill in the gaps from removing the design on the candlesticks; more on that later}:


1. I was so lucky to find these candlesticks at a garage sale! (All 4 for $5! Add that to the cost of the plates, makes each cake stand cost about $4!!) Woot woot!

{Shaped by Grace}
Notice the grape/leaf design thingy on them? Yeah, I didn’t like it either. {At least not for my cake stand! I DID kind of like them sitting by my fireplace though!} Anyways, I spent an HOUR chipping those grapes off with my hammer and chisel, then sanding them down. NO ME GUSTA. I hope you can find nice smooth candlesticks ready to use! If you do, I still recommend a little sanding to prep them, it makes the paint attach easier.

2. Depending on the finish, spray 1-2 coats of primer. Since these were already white, I only did one coat of spray primer.

3. I sanded a little bit again just to smooth things out and then sprayed on the color! 

4. 2-3 coats of spray paint. {Again, depending on the finish & color of your candlesticks.} I sprayed 3 coats on mine, letting each coat dry before spraying on the next coat. 

5. After the last coat of color is dry, spray on or paint on a sealer. This gives it the glossy look and also will protect it from water. {Please only hand wipe clean. These are not recommended for submersion or the dishwasher.} ;o)

6. As soon as all the paint is completely dry, time to glue on the plates! Here are your options: Hot glue, Gorilla Glue, super glue or Tacky Glue. {I used Tacky Glue.} The glue really depends on the material of the candlesticks and plates you are using. The Gorilla Glue was too industrial for me (it foams up, so using the right amount is key). A hot glue gun is usually my weapon of choice, but it was NOT permanently adhering to those candlesticks!! So, Tacky Glue it was! And, it actually worked quite well – it was easy to use, extremely durable and dries clear! {Follow your glue directions – I set something heavy on the plate to clamp down & help the glue dry tight and let it sit for 24 hrs.}

7. Once your plates are secure & dry they are ready to use and enjoy

Tie a pretty bow around the base and here is the final product! {I'm loving the current trend of turquoise instead of the usual dark blue!}


Don’t forget to put a cake on top. ;o)

{For the how-to on that festive star cake, click here!}

If you make these candlesticks, I’d LOVE to see your final product! Attach a link in your comment below!! Happy {early} 4th of July!!

Linking up here:

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Carey said...

I am so making this. I love it!

Kristin said...

Love what you used to make your cake stands! Stopping by from {C.R.A.F.T}

{Shaped by Grace} said...

Thank you girls! So glad you stopped by!!

LrSchwtz said...

Thanks for stopping by Laugh, Love, & Craft! This project turned out great. It will be a beautiful centerpiece this weekend! I'd love for you to post this on my Share the Wealth Wednesday LInk Party! I'm your newest follower!

Brandy J. said...

I just found your blog and am your newest follower. These projects are fabulous! Thanks for leaving me totally inspired.

Kim said...

Love these! I so need to make these for my sister's bridal shower

Meg said...

That's so cute! I love the different lengths of them as well. Did you put more cake on the red ones? :) Yum!

I'd love for you to join my giveaway for 2 canvas pillow forms going on now! Happy 4th!

Chef in Training said...

this is awesome! what a great idea! I love them! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comment! I love making new blog friends! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would follow my blog too! thanks so much!

{Shaped by Grace} said...

Thank you so much girls! @Meg -- done!! :) @Laura, I'll look for the link party on Wednesday! Thanks for the invite! :) Nikki - I just started following your blog too -- I am fairly new to bloggy-blog world and I am loving making new blog friends too!! :)

Janet said...

What a great find! I love what you did, the colors look so nice and the ribbon is such a nice touch. :)

Sabrina said...

I love these cake stands, nice job. Please come by and check out my new blog,
Thanks, Sabrina

Merry Johnson said...

Wow ! what an interesting blog.Thanks for sharing this information.Your information is really informative for us.
Nice blog on cake stands
Keep sharing more & more.....

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

Thank you so much for linking up to my Red, White and Blue Linky Party!

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