I went shopping with my neighbor Jami one fine morning.
She likes the same things I do so we hit a few thrift shops and found some awesome things.
We found some baskets, some picture frames, some vintage pyrex, a cool table cloth
and some other fun things.
She convinced me to buy this vintage cooky book and it it so much fun.
Can I tell you how my kids eyes lit up when they saw a whole book of cookies.
And the recipes are great. I'll have to post my favorite sometime.
It was voted the best cookie of 1915 or something like that.
I also bought some greenish/blueish candle stick holders that I had no idea what to do with.
But then I had an idea. Sort of... This is not an original idea, I have seen these all over pinterest.
But here is my take on it.
And heres how I did it.
#1 - I bought 2 pie tins and 2 pizza pans at wal-mart. They have them this time of year for 97¢ each
I found some round scrapbook paper at Roberts. Score! I won't have to try and cut out a circle.
I had the Envirotex epoxy, Mod-poge, and E6000 glue here at home.
But you can buy those at Hobby Lobby.
#2 - Coat the bottom of the plate with Mod-poge and lay down the paper.
I used a play-dough rolling pin to smooth it down.
Then once that dries for a little while coat the top of the paper with mod-poge also.
I did 2 coats here and I especially made sure I sealed the edges well because if any epoxy gets under
the paper it will discolor your project. Let that dry overnight.
#3 - Mix up the Envirotex epoxy according to package directions and pour it over your trays.
Cover it and put it on a flat surface. Let that dry for 3 days. I put it in a dark corner of my basement.
The epoxy isn't hard to use but you can really screw things up if you don't follow the directions.
I talk more about using the epoxy here.
I like the epoxy because it gives it a smooth, glass-like, food safe finish.
#4 - After everything is dry find the center of your trays and begin to glue. Glue one layer at a time
and then glue those layers together one at a time.... You wait for a lot of glue to dry with this project.
I glued the extra pie tin to the bottom of a pizza tray to give it some height. Then I glued a candle
stick to the other tray. Wait for that to dry overnight and then glue the other things together.
This glue has to dry for another 2-3 days.
It holds together pretty well. It's strength was tested by an 8 year old even.
I told mr. B that I would pay him $2 for cleaning the fridge.
So he took everything out of it and he stacked almost all of our salad dressings on this tray
before I could rescue it. It didn't topple over or anything, but I think it bent the middle tier a little bit.
Here are some close ups.
I can't wait to fill this with goodies for Thanksgiving!
Thanks - RM