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« on: June 24, 2019 07:11:24 PM »

Those tier dessert trays all over Hobby Lobby call to me, but space!  Where to put them after the event?  So here's a great way to keep them hidden and not take up an entire shelf when the party is done.

1/4inch threaded rod 16 inches long approx
hack saw
2 1/4inch bolts
3 melamine plates, all the same or coordinating colors and sizes
3 BIC pens
1/2-3/4 inch spool of ribbon
nail polish remover and cotton
spray paint for plastic if you want colored centers *optional
sticky felt pads
drill with 1/4tip or just wider
Ribbon fray check glue or a lighter to seal ribbon ends


Dismantle the BIC pens to get just the white tube.
Use nail polish remover to wipe away most or all of the printing on the tubes.
If you want a white tube use the sandpaper to gently sand away any remaining printing, I was able to get away with a fingernail and polish remover.

If you want a colored tube, spray paint the tubes.  I found threading the tubes around a wooden skewer stuck in a cardboard box is a good way to spray paint them.
If painted, let dry.

Find the center of the plates.
Drill a 1/4 inch hole through each.  Make sure to go very slow to not chip the plates.

On the plate you want as the very bottom, flip to the underside and add sticky felt pads at four opposite spots on the edges.  These look like overkill but what I had in the junk drawer at the time.  Some clear plastic pads would look much more professional!

Cut a small piece of ribbon to wrap around a bolt, fray check one side.
Use E6000 glue all around the bolt and wrap the ribbon around.
Cut ribbon to overlap slightly, fray check.
Glue that edge down.

If you have an open space at the top of the ribbon-bolt that you don't like, tie a small knot out of your ribbon and glue the ends down.  E6000 the ball into place at the top.  I'll just glue around the open ribbon ring and tuck the ball in so I don't get glue into the threads of the bolt.

Create a bow with remaining ribbon.
2 loops, tie together, straighten and fray check.

Glue the bow onto the ribbon-bolt overlap.  Let dry.

Twist remaining bolt to one end of your threaded rod.
Place the bottom plate with the pads down the rod against the bolt.
Next slide on a plastic pen tube.
Next plate.
Measure your rod and leave a little over 1/4 inch above the last tube.  Masking tape is a good way to mark the spot.  Mine was about 15 1/4 inch.
Un-thread all items.
Use the hack saw to cut at that mark.

Put it back together the same way, adding the bow topper.
Hold the bottom bolt as you twist the top to make it most secure.

Time for snacks!

Time to say goodbye.

Thanks for looking!
« Last Edit: June 24, 2019 09:25:57 PM by patty_o_furniture » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2019 05:58:37 AM »

Now I know what to do with my odds and ends plates and plates that I see while out "junkin"!
GREAT tutorial

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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2019 06:10:48 AM »

Brilliant! What a great project!

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« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2019 07:28:54 AM »

Awesome tutorial patty_o!  Thank you for sharing it.  Cheesy

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« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2019 09:42:36 AM »

It turned out so awesome!

« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2019 10:18:33 AM »

Wow! What a great idea! Thank you for sharing this with us!
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« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2019 11:44:14 AM »

You, milady, are a genius. Thanks for sharing how to do it!
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2019 03:29:12 PM »

How clever!

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« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2019 07:11:23 PM »

Such a great idea, tutorial, wee lil' video (how do you even do that?!). Awesome.

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