Monday, May 27, 2013

Haleighanna's Hands: Mini-Pedestal Tutorial

You never know what you will find as you wonder through the world. This mini-pedestal project got its start as I wondered through my local Barnes & Noble. On the super-discount table were these seasonal wood signs covered with glitter and sayings that I had no interest in, but they were really cheap and so they had to go home with me.

They lingered in the studio for a few days before I finally saw their potential: together they could be a mini display pedestal. When I am showing my wares at a craft show, I frequently need small portable display fixtures that have levels. But once I got them done, I thought how lovely they would be on a table, shelf or mantle.

The process is very simple. Here's what you will need...
  • Sandpaper or sanding block medium grit
  • Wood block signs
  • Krylon Fusion Spray Paint
  • E6000 Glue (optional)

Step 1: Sanding

Sand. Then sand. Then sand some more. I had to use a lot of elbow grease to get the glitter, glue and painted words off.

Step 2: Paint

I chose Krylon Fusion spray paint in black satin. Since the wood seemed to be covered with a plastic coating, I used Fusion just to be safe. Do this in a well ventilated space. Be patient because it will take a few coats.

Step 3: Glue

You can use your trusty E6000 to glue the pieces together. This is an optional step. I chose not to glue them because I may want to use just one or two pieces at a time.

Wood signs might not be easy to come by so while I did not try this, I think wooden cigar boxes would work as well. I would suggest gluing the lid shut and removing any hardware that would scratch your surfaces.

What fabulous and cheap finds have you found recently and then turned into something fabulous?
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