Sunday, December 6, 2009

Dare to Make Homemade Gifts

After completely missing Week 3 of the DIY challenge because I suck at time management, I'm back for Week 4 which is to make a gift for the holidays.

I chose something I had made over a year ago after seeing them on various blogs and Etsy, so again, this is not a new idea, but still adorable. Then I just made a few more for the challenge. It's cakestands!

Go to thrift stores or yard sales and buy (extremely cheaply) candlesticks or vases or egg cups or anything you think is pretty and would make a suitable base, and glue (I find Gorilla Glue works best) a plate on top. Easy squeasy.

It would be cute to give to someone with an actual cake on it, or cookies, or little soaps or anything the recipient might like. Or just as is.

I also made ornaments inspired by (or completely ripped off from) one from Target this year. I bought a set of 9 clear glass ball ornaments from Target, dropped in a sprig of faux greenery and some white iridescent glitter, and tied a little ribbon knot for hanging.

Cute to tie onto packages. I always like including a little extra something on the outside of a gift.

Don't forget to go to NewlyWoodwards and see what all the other ladies have made!


  1. I love the pedestals. I often put plates on things for short-term, but I've never done it permanently. Hmm.... I may have to try it.

    And, I love those ornaments. I always see the clear ornaments and know there must be cool things to do with them, I just never know what. I love that.

  2. Very pretty cake pedestals! This is definitely a project I will have to try. Your ornaments are beautiful! Simply elegant!

  3. Wow! I never would of thought to glue the two together! I love it!!

  4. I love cake plates, and these are so cool and unique. I definitely love cake plates that no one else will have!

  5. This is such a fantastic idea! I'll have to check out the thrift stores for pretty candlesticks next time I go.

  6. I love the cake stand idea! Brilliant and they are beautiful too!! Happy Monday!

  7. What a great idea. I love the vintage feel they have too!

  8. Those cake stands are so so cute. I really need to make some!

    Thanks for linking up - I really appreciate it!


  9. Love the cake stand! I'm gonna make one for my home!