Ever since I went up north this summer and found some of the most wonderful pieces of fallen birch trees, I have been wanting to come up with the perfect project where I could showcase them. Always entertaining and always on the hunt for cool cake stands, I thought what better way to customize a cake stand than with my birch logs and favorite plates!
It was ridiculously easy so I'm even more excited to share...
Here's what you will need:
Fortunately, my DIY pal, Jodi of One Simple Dream is quite handy with the saw so she was able to cut my log into a few different sizes since ultimately, I want different heights at the dessert table.
Note: The straighter the logs, the easier to cut and the less time will be needed to sand the top (sometimes sanding is needed to insure the plate sits level.) Also, if the log diameter is less than 5" it will be easier to cut as you won't need to rotate the log while cutting (which is what we had to do!)
Now here's the super duper easy part...
First, set the plate upside down and align the log on the bottom. Put a few dots around the log to insure you can center it when glueing it on.
Now add glue to the end of the log that will hold the plate. Keep the glue in at least an inch from the edge of the log since the glue expands. That Gorilla Glue rocks! (And, you need less than you think.)
Next turn over the log, glue facing down and realign with the dots on the bottom of the plate. Add pressure and then let it sit upside down for at least 20 minutes.
Turn over and yipee! It's finished! You now have the ideal modern rustic cake stand.
And the perfect touch for my donut bar...
I'm in love with how they turned out...and can't help but think that these would be the most awesome gifts, centerpieces and of course, the coolest serving plates!
Photography: Jordi Lee Photography
There's nothing like when two of your favorite things come together...
So if you have not already downloaded the Fall Issue, you definitely need to do that stat. And then as you are browsing through all of the pretties and longing for that stunning watercolor maxi dress or those most adorable gold animal placecards, simply head on over the REVEL's shop and click "As seen in Martha Stewart Weddings" and they can be yours on the spot. Love it.
Cheers to instant gratification!
OMG the cat is out of the bag...and down the runway! Feline friends seem to be everywhere - and not just on YouTube. While I am a hard core dog person, some of these touches of kitty are making me say "Stop It Right Meow!" with all this cuteness! (Sorry...I couldn't resist)
And I certainly can't sign off without including my all-time favorite cat video. It's an oldie but a goodie. The (Original) Surprised Kitty.
Neon brights have made a comeback from my favorite era...and they have never looked so good and modern!
I LOVE to add a pop of neon color to a neutral palette - or you can always amp up the entire party and embrace these bold, beautiful colors with abandon. It's brilliant (literally) either way!
The perfect favor that keeps on giving.
Featured in a bridal shower earlier this summer on GetMarried, these DIY bird seed feeders generated alot of interest and readers wanting to know the how-to!
Here's what you need for one batch - (6) 3"x2" favors:
First, you will need to bring the water to a small boil in a saucepan. Dissolve the packets of gelatine in the water, stirring with a whisk. Turn off burner and let cool for a couple minutes.
Pour in 2 cups of bird seed and mix well. If the mixture seems to be too watery, add more bird seed and let stand.
Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and spray the cookie cutters liberally with the cooking spray.
Spoon the seed mixture into the cookie cutters, making sure to press firmly and fill the cookie cutter completely.
Stick the straws into each one where you think the feeder will hang best. (Just not too close to an edge!)
Place in the freezer for at least 10 minutes to harden. Then gently release the feeder from the cookie cutter. (Eek! this part makes me a little nervous...hence, the encouragement for a liberal application of the cooking spray.)
IMPORTANT: Thread twine (ribbon or fabric strips) through the straw before you remove it from the feeder.
Let the feeders dry for at least 48 hours.
Wa-lah! Now you can make a bee line to the tree and hang for your feathered friends, put in a cute bag for favors or use as the ultimate nature-inspired gift tag!
Photo credit: Jordi Lee Photography