Monday, September 1, 2008

Simple Cupcake Pedestal Tutorial


I made these simple but elegant cupcake pedestals this weekend. I made it to display my faux cupcakes...but of course you can use it for REAL cupcakes, too!

Materials:
  1. plastic coasters - make sure they're thick and sturdy as these will be the base of your pedestal/s.
  2. plastic saucers - make sure the size will fit a standard 3oz cupcake
  3. Wilton 5" Grecian Pillars
  4. clear epoxy adhesives (or you may also use a glue gun)
  5. old newspapers
  6. piece of old cloth or rug
  7. quick drying spray paint (white)
  8. gauze/face mask (for protection while spray painting)
  9. pencil



Instructions:
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Step 01
- Make sure that the coasters, saucers and pillars are fre
e from dirt and oil. Clean them by wiping with a piece of cloth or rug.


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Step 02
- Find a well ventilated place to do your spray pai
nting. Line the floor with old newspapers. Place the plastic coasters and saucers on the newspaper, line them together with spaces apart. Don't forget to wear your mask!!! Now spray paint the top part first (according to paint instructions). Once the paint is dried, spray paint the bottom part. You may coat them a few times to cover them fully in white....that's if your coasters and saucers are of colors other than white.


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Step 03 - Once the paint has dried, you may attach the pillars. Position a pillar at the center of a coaster. You may mark this lightly with a pencil.


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Step 04 - Mix the clear epoxy adhesive according to packaging instructions...skip this step if you'll be using a glue gun (hot glue).


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Step 05 - Apply epoxy at the bottom of the pillars...or hot glue if you're using a glue gun.


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Step 06 - Press the pillar firmly on your marked coaster.


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Step 07
- Place the pillar upside down at the bottom of the
saucer. Center it and mark it again with a pencil.


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Step 08 - Apply epoxy or hot glue at the top of the pillar.


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Step 09 - Press the pillar firmly down the marked bottom of the saucer.


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Step 10 - Do steps 03-09 on the rest of the coasters, saucers and pillars. When you're done at this stage, you can already use them, but....


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Step 11 - ...you may want spray paint them one last time. And don't forget to wear your mask!!!

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Voila! Whether for fake cupcakes or real cupcakes, these pedestals are perfect to display them!


You may also experiment on different spray paint colors...I tried chrome with this one!



Hot glue some huge and gorgeous artificial flowers at base of the pedestals and they make wonderful and elegant centerpieces!!!



Well, that's it for now...I hope you enjoyed my tutorial! :)

P.S. Those faux cupcakes are coming soon on my Etsy shop! ;)

8 comments:

Becca Nelson said...

Hello! I found you through a search on flickr when I was doing a search for center pieces. :) I just had to stop and tell you how beautiful your cupcakes are! They look sooo yummy. I want to eat them! You have a great blog and your pedistal instructions were wonderful. Good luck with etsy! Your photos are beautiful. You'll do great!

Eugenia said...

Oh my.....I love your new style cupcake with the artificial flowers. Let me know when they are up on Etsy. I'd love to buy them.

Eugenia

Nature's Corridor said...

Every cupcake deserves a pedestal! I will have to make those to display my cupcakes. :)

www.AnisBakery.net said...

very...very.... beautiful.... .

luntianlangit said...

wow!! this gave an idea... ummmm again ^^ -sinagtala ^_^

kitchenstewardship said...

Those are really something! Much more than I could ever make myself. Thanks for entering the Make it From Scratch Carnival!

Becca said...

Mmmm...glad I clicked over from the MIFS carnival! I have been wanting to make or find a cupcake pedestal. When I saw the photo, I knew your post was just what I was looking for! Beautiful tutorial.

Becca

Anonymous said...

Hi, those are so cute. Where did you get the coasters and saucers?