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modern cake stands

Happy Thursday, friends!  It’s been an odd week over here in many many ways. At the risk of having an over-sharing hangover, I’m not going to dive into that, but I could NOT let one more day pass without sharing this DIY that I’d had on the docket!

There are times when I have an idea for the end product, and there are other times when I have an object that love and I need to use in something… So I hold onto it forever, hoping that its time in the spotlight will one day arrive. Well, the day has arrived for this beautiful Mercer dinner plate from Crate & Barrel.  

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I actually wanted to buy a whole set, but only being married five years, we still have all of our original dinnerware and it’s in great condition. So, I ended up buying a few just because I wanted to use them somewhere. Anywhere.

Then, last week, I found this votive holder.  It was just $4 at Home Goods and I although I like candles just fine, I had another idea for it.  It would make a perfect companion for my lonely plate that was stashed away in my office waiting for its day in the sun.  The plate being only $5 meant that the whole DIY modern cake stand was assembled for less than $10.  Yes, a modern, organic, minimal beauty for less than it would cost to buy something not as beautiful.

cake stand materials

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If you’ve been hanging around here long, you’ll know my craft mantra – making something yourself needs to either be cheaper or prettier than what you can buy.  If it’s neither, than there is no purpose (in my opinion).  I mean, this cake stand!  It’s a two step DIY that cost under $10, but can you believe how it turned out?  It looks like something you’d buy at a trendy minimal boutique for $100!

I firmly believe that simple actions using beautiful materials is the way to go when it comes to crafting and DIY.  I like showcasing the beauty of a material or technique and, of course, making something gorgeous in the process.

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Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that make the biggest impact, no?

Tell me, have you done anything super simple lately that has you smiling?