DIY Cake Stand
This week we embarked on our own little DIY project – making a cake stand. We love baking around here and one thing that we didn’t have was something to display our yummy treats on.
This is a really easy project, but does require some parental help (there is a drill involved – eekk!).
You will need:
- 1 Drill with a masonry bit (the same size as the screw from the stand)
- I Stand Set (click here to purchase)
- 2 Plates (1 Dinner plate and 1 Side plate)
- Tape (such as painters tape)
- Start by marking out the centre of your plates. Now, while this sounds simple enough, it really can be trickier than you think. I have linked a how to guide here to help you out.
- Place a piece of tape over the centre of the plates in the shape of an X. This helps to stop the plates breaking when you are drilling.
- Now for the fun part! Get that drill out and start drilling a hole where you have marked the centre of each plate. Be sure to have your plate on something hard and flat, and somewhere it won’t matter if the drill goes through. Depending on how sharp your masonry bit it this will take a little while. Make sure to put pressure on the drill to help it drill through the plate. I gave my drill a little rest while I was doing this because it was struggling a little bit.
- Now that you have your holes you can put your cake platter together. Be sure to place the screw at the bottom of the larger plate, then add your washer. Now you can screw your stand onto the top of the large plate…can you see it already taking shape?
- Place a washer on top of the stand that you just screwed into the large plate. On top of that washer goes the small plate and then a third washer.
- Finally, screw the handle onto the top of the small plate and there you have it, one beautiful home made cake stand!
We had a heap of fun creating some DIY chalk a little while back. They turned out so well that we decided to give them out to my daughters’ class as a small Christmas gift. It is so easy to do and my kids had such fun doing it.
To DIY chalk, you will need some plaster of paris (you can find it here), water and some kids non toxic, washable paint. To mix the ingredients, you will need a small container like a measuring jug, paper cup etc. and some ice cube trays to mold the chalk.
- Place around a quarter of a cup of plaster of paris into your container. Now, mix some water in until you get a thick, slushy consistency. Once the water is all mixed in, add in the colour of your choice. When we added our paint, the mixture went quite thick, so we just added more water until it was bit runny.
- Now, spoon your mixture into the ice cube containers and let it dry. We left ours for a few days to make sure they were dry all the way through.
- Once completely dry simply pop the chalk out of the trays and go ahead and draw your favourite pictures on the driveway. DIY chalk is a great way to get the kids creativity going, without any permanent reminders! Maybe even give the old hopscotch a go.
We packaged the chalk up into little paper carrybags which my daughter decorated with stamps and stickers. Everyone commented on how good they looked and she could honestly say she made it herself!
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