Have you guys seen the tiered stands/organizers made from weathered, old pie tins and cake plates? Me, too – and after seeing one highlighted months ago in a Country Living article, I put the materials to make a tiered pie tin stand on my list of things to look for at thrift stores.
Here’s what I found over the last few weeks – I had to include the basket, ’cause how wonderful is that to find a big, handled basket like that? It doesn’t happen very often, so of course I had to share it with you!
Even though my inspiration photo had wooden spools holding the pie plates, I wanted to use only what I could find at thrift stores, and no wooden spools were to be found. Not even wooden candle holders that I liked – most were too big. Plus, I wasn’t sure I wanted to paint them, I kinda liked the idea of keeping it all silver.
But if you shop at thrift stores, you know you gotta take what you find, and I could only find the one silver candle holder pictured to the left above, so I improvised with the silver goblet, even though it was too shiny (I ended up not using the smallest shiny silver bowl you see on top – though who knows where you might see it in the future?).
My solution for the shiny goblet was…sandpaper. It dulled it just enough to blend with the three tins and candleholder – all pictured on the left.
Here are the steps to make this – brace yourself, it’s tough:
- Mark the centers of the pie tins to be used for the bottom and middle tiers with a sharpie dot.
- Use E-6000 adhesive (or superglue) on the tops and bottoms of the cup and candleholder and center on the pie plates. Centering is the only tricky part here. With E-6000, you have a few minutes to adjust, that’s why I chose to use it.
Ta-da, a vintage-y, weathered-looking tiered pie tin stand! I know, all my crafts are just too complicated, aren’t they? Sorry.
Seriously, though, isn’t this perfect for organizing all those craft room/office things? This stand has become one of my favorite things about a little office makeover I’m planning to share with you next week. I love that it’s both useful and sweet to look at – which is good, ’cause I’m at that desk almost every. single. day.
Of course, I’m sure you’re wondering what this little baby set me back, aren’t you? All the items were .99, except the largest, older bottom tin – but it was so perfect that I sucked it up and paid $3.99 for it. I had already realized you don’t often see tins that size. So, $8.00 total.
Yeah, I’m okay with that.
Have you found any treasures lately?
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