Thursday, November 19, 2009

Super Easy Dessert Stand

As promised, here is a simple craft project. If you can frost a cupcake, you can definitely make this project. Kids can too, just don’t let them near the aerosol sprays, they can get sick from them, and we don’t want that to happen.

Terra Cotta Pot- 6” diameter
Terra Cotta Saucer- 10-12”
Acrylic Paints of your choice
Can of spray paint of your choice
Spray lacquer- any finish- I used gloss
Masking tape, dot or star stickers (up to you- depends on what you want it to look like)
Sponge paint brush
Hot glue gun w/ glue sticks or epoxy (your choice)

Step 1 Paint the inside of the saucer completely. Two light coats are better than one heavy coat, it will cover smoothly this way, and it will dry faster.

Step 2 Paint the outside of the pot. Again, two light coats, instead of one heavy coat.

Step 3 Paint the outside of the saucer completely. Again, two light coats, instead of one heavy coat.

Note: Amount of time needed to ‘cure’ will vary on your temperature and humidity.

Step 4 After your pieces are completely dry, glue/epoxy the two pieces together. It is easier to center the pot and saucer if you put it upside down.

This is what it should look like when you flip it over after gluing.

Step 5 Use the masking tape/dots/stars to make your pattern on the saucer. Space them in any way you like, vary them, do what you like- it is your project!

Note: You are masking the reverse of what you will end up with. The masking tape/dots/stars will not allow for the spray paint to penetrate, so you will have the color you are covering up peeking out when you are finished with the next step.

Step 6 Use the spray paint to spray the pot and saucer top until it is completely covered. Let them dry completely. Remove the masking tape/dots/stars after it is dry, or you run the risk of peeling part of the paint up and losing your clean edges.

Note: Do this in a well ventilated area (e.g. outside) to avoid any injury please.

Step 7 Remove all of the masking tape/dots/stars.

Step 8 Spray the entire project in the lacquer spray. Let it dry before moving or you will end up with finger prints/smudges on the finish.

Note: Do this in a well ventilated area (e.g. outside) to avoid any injury please.

That’s it!

Now you can use this for the holiday or year round! Put a cute little paper doily on it and some cookies, cover with some cellophane and a bow and you have a great little present for a teacher, boss, hostess, etc. The possibilities are endless!

You can even kick it up a notch, and make a smaller version of this and make a 2 tiered cookie tray for the holidays too, or put a vase on it to dress it up with some holiday foliage. Place a ribbon around the edge, trim it with glitter, use your imagination! :^)

Now, I promised that this could be a multi-use craft… just flip the entire project over, and you have a flower pot that can hold your spring and summer time flowers, but I think that it is really a cute little cake stand/cookie caddy that you might just have to make another one to hold the flowers.