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Sep 26, 2011

INSPIRE: DIY Cake Stands - Top 12 Tutorials!

Although there are some GORGEOUS cake stands out there to purchase, it can become a quite costly investment. I am not sure about everyone else, but I prefer not to use the same one over and over again for every dessert table, I like lots of party styling options! Plus, not just any cake stand goes with every parties' style. Sometimes I need a cake stand that is big or small, short or tall, round or square, neutral or bright, elegant or maybe even whimsical! Recently, especially on Pinterest, I have noticed more and more bloggers are sharing Do-It-Yourself Cake Stand Tutorials. These are my favorite top 12 tutorials because they are creative, simple, easy, affordable and above all... ADORABLE! 

Below are just images of the DIY cake stands, click on the web links under each photo to view their own individual step-by-step instructions. Kudos to all that were kind enough to share their DIY cake stand projects! 

You can view my OWN VERSION at the very bottom of this post after image #12!!!
1.)  DIY Mini Cupcake Stands by Modern Moments Custom Designs [CLICK!]
2.)  DIY Stenciled Cake Stand by The House of Smiths [CLICK!]
3.)  DIY Wedding Cake Stands by Bee in our Bonnet [CLICK!]
4.)  DIY Colorful Cake Stands by The Party Dress - WH Hostess [CLICK!]
5.)  DIY Interchangeable Summery Cupcake Stands by Giverslog [CLICK!]
6.)  DIY Tiered Trays by Joys Hope [CLICK!]
7.)  DIY Colorful Dessert Stands by Censational Girl [CLICK!]
8.)  DIY Cake Stands by A Well Crafted Party for Eat Drink Pretty [CLICK!]
9.)  DIY Mirrored Cake Stands by Tradewind Tiaras, Inc. [CLICK!]
10.)  DIY Cupcake Stand by Brooke from The Crafting Chicks [CLICK!]
11.)  DIY Cupcake Tower by Annie's Eats [CLICK!]

12.)  DIY Tree Pedestal Cake Stand by Laurie Cinotto for Once Wed [CLICK!]

These five photos BELOW are the results of my own DIY Cake Stand which I created by glueing (E 6000 Glue) a large melamine plate on top of a ceramic candle stick then glued an upside-down small melamine plate on bottom. (All my supplies were from Target stores.)

Sep 5, 2011

INSPIRE: Chalk It Up!

Due to the fact that it is back to school season, I thought it would be the appropriate time to share chalkboard inspirations. Ever since chalkboard paint became available in craft and hardware stores everywhere, I have been obsessed! I re-painted my office desk, drawing easel, tables, placemats, napkin rings and other party decor to resemble chalkboards. If you would like to see one example of how I used chalkboard paint, it is located at the very bottom of this post.

The chalkboard "look" can be achieved in many ways by using products such as a vinyl decal, label sticker, spray paint, brush on paint, craft paint, marker, powder, fabric, ink or contact paper. There is also a DIY tutorial about how to make chalkboard paint. Plus instead of traditional black, you can also choose from a variety of color tints. Below is a collection of chalkboard inspired ideas that could easily be incorporated into any special occasion. Leave a comment to tell everyone how you like to Chalk It Up!

Photo Sources:
{1.} Chalkboard "photo props" - Wedding Bee/Etsy Seller PlayingGrownUp
Chalkboard "centerpieces" - Etsy Seller MonkeysOnTheRoof and Style Me Pretty
Chalkboard "invitations" - Paper + Cup and Etsy Seller emilyedsondesign
Chalkboard "backdrops" - Eric Roth Photography, Frilly Milly Events, Bird's Party, Mon Tresor
Chalkboard "candles" - re-nest and Sundance
Chalkboard "glasses" - Recycled Bride, Southern Living, Bird's Party and Etsy Seller ModernMadness
Chalkboard "napkin rings" - Etsy Seller sierrametaldesign and Incredible Things
Chalkboard "menus" - Emily Baker, Hey Gorgeous and ps paper
Chalkboard "place settings" - Design Sponge and Styles of Sydney
Chalkboard "place/name cards" - Etsy Seller SouthHouseBoutique, Home Interior Design and create my event
Chalkboard "table numbers" - Etsy Seller Cherie Chic and the knot
Chalkboard "objects" - Sweet Tooth and reclaimed marketplace

Go view my SEW CUTE Sock Monkey Party to see even more chalkboard ideas!

Below is just one example of how I used CHALKBOARD PAINT to CREATE a tablesetting for my FALL Dining Room tablescape...

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