Monday, May 4, 2009

DIY: Tree Pedestal Cake Stand

This amazing DIY project is perfect for a bride wanting a natural, woodsy, rustic, or even romantic enchanted forest feel to her wedding. Laurie Cinotto of La La Laurie (whose awesome trunk show I attended in March @ Flutter in Portland) is the brain child behind this genius wood cake stand.

Via Once Wed: "Are you throwing an indoor wedding and having diffuculty bringing the outdoors in? How about surprising guests with 4- 5 log stands on a dessert table with mini cakes and pies on top and flowers scattered everywhere? Laurie, thank you again for such a lovely project!"

What You'll Need
A Cross-Cut Wood Plaque (round or oval)
A Cross-Section of a Tree Limb (Make sure the top and bottom are parallel)
Titebond Ultimate Wood Glue (or a similar extra strong wood glue)
A Large Wood Clamp

Cross-cut wood plaques can be found in your local craft store or online at Hofcraft. The come in a variety of sizes ranging from 5 inches to 12 inches in diameter. They are usually found in the section with the wood-burning kits and other wood crafts. They are clean, sanded and ready to use.

1. Take your tree limb section and wipe the cut surface clean. Put a generous amount of extra strong wood glue on the surface. (see figure 1)

2. Place the limb section in the center of the back side your wood plaque and press down firmly. Wipe away any excess glue with a clean, damp cloth. (see figure 2)

3. Place the two joined pieces in a wood clamp and let dry for at least one hour. If you don't have a wood clamp, you can stack a few heavy books on top of your pedestal until it's dry. (see figure 3)

4. Use your pedestals to display cakes and desserts (see figure 4) or use as a base for a centerpiece. If you want to place food directly on the wood surface, coat it first with a food-safe wood sealer. If you would like to keep the wood it's natural color, place a piece of parchment paper beneath your cake or dessert.

*Note: For heavier or taller cakes, reinforce the stand with a wood screw in the center to be on the safe side!

What it Cost
Wood Plaques $3.99 - $5.99 each
Tree Limb - Free from our wood pile!
Wood Glue - $3.35

Photos and project via Once Wed; La La Laurie can also be found on Etsy.

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