Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Cupcake Stand Tutorial

Finally, the how to DIY your own cupcake stand...  Our original inspiration came from The Meckley's, however, we did change several things...

Go to Lowes & purchase the following:

3/4x49x97 piece of MDF (avg. $32).  Have this piece cut into 2 each of the following sizes:
  • 32x32
  • 24x24
  • 17x17
  • 12x12
Four pieces of 4" PVC Coupling (avg. $2 each)

Two pieces of 4" x 2' PVC pipe (avg. $5 each)

1/2" x 6' threaded rod (avg. $4 each)

Two 1/2" hex nuts  (avg. $.10 each)

Two 1/2" washers (avg. $.10 each)

Four unfinished furniture feet  (avg. $5 each)

Paint in a color of your choosing

Krylon Fusion Spray Paint for Plastics in color of your choosing (avg. $3)

2 yards of 44" wide fabric (use Hobby Lobby or Michaels coupons for the best price, cost varies depending on fabric)

Uncut Mat Board (use Hobby Lobby or Michaels coupons for the best price avg. $3)

Elmer's Craft Bond Spray Adhesive (avg. $3.50)

Any misc decorations of your choosing

  1. Using a large drill bit, drill a 1/2" hold in the center of all the boards.
  2. Cut PVC pipe to a length of your choosing, this will be the display area for your cupcakes.  We used a 6" length & a power saw.  You need to try & cut the PVC as straight as possible.  Use a file to even out the ends if necessary. 
  3. Using a table saw, cut grooves 1/2" deep near edges of the MDF.  These were done 1" from the edges of the MDF.  You do not need to cut if you are not using panels.  You do not need to do top & bottom, only the sides that need a groove for the panels. 
  4. Paint the MDF & furniture feet in a color of your choosing. Sides with grooves only need the edges painted as this is all that will be viewable.  
  5. Using Krylon Fusion Spray Paint in a color of your choosing paint the cut PVC pieces.
  6. Attach furniture feet to bottom of a 32x32 piece of MDF.  
  7. Starting with a washer & hex nut on the bottom stack layers of cupcake stand beginning with 32x32 MDF with feet, then a 4" coupling, followed by another 32x32 MDF, next a 6" PVC (or whatever length you chose).  Continue layering items, MDF smallest to largest, until done & end with another washer & hex nut. 
  8. Cut the remaining thread rod.  We found the layers easier to manipulate by leaving a few inches of thread rod at the top.  We left a 4" rod, but you can cut it flush if you like. 
  9. Cut mat board.  You will have to measure the length & height of your grooves as I'm sure they will not be the same as ours.
  10. Lay out fabric with mat boards on top for stencils, line up design if desired.  Cut fabric large enough to wrap around edges of mat board.  
  11. Use Elmers spray adhesive to attach fabric to mat board.  Slide mat boards into grooves once dry.
  12. Decorate as you wish! Yay!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Big O's Budweiser Bash!!

Hey everyone, hope all is well wherever you may be. The summer has been kind of crazy with all of the flooding problems. The current situation in our area is better, but things went bad to worse in a city north of us. Unfortunately it's been a big issue throughout the entire state of North Dakota this year. It sounds like the weather is about to heat up, just in time for the 4th of July weekend! My wife entered my name in a drawing, and I won, thanks Hun. I was picked to host a Budweiser Ultimate Backyard BBQ Bash from Houseparty.com, it should be a blast!

I just received a sweet package in the mail from them, it included several items like; Bud party favors such as can koozies, t-shirts, gift card for $ towards beer and brats and other rebates and coupons for my guests. I plan on hitting up a local distributor, as well as some bars around town for any old decor that's Bud related. Plus it will obviously have a patriotic 4th of July theme as well. I will have some backyard games, beer-pong in the garage and the poker table setup in the basement.

There will be some free beverages and hot food off the grill, but we are asking friends to bring a dish if they can, and some folding chairs and of course when our supply runs out, BYOB!! The wife and I are looking forward to this party with our friends and celebrating Independence Day with our family. Remember all the men and women in our military that make the U.S.A. such a great country to live in. Past, present and future, we thank them for fighting for our freedom so we can live the peaceful life here in America. Happy 4th of July!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Big Sky Adventures, rising waters, and a salute to our troops!

Well, I must say it has been way too long since I've been on here. We just got back home from Montana. We had a family wedding to attend to and everything was awesome, we had a great time. But at the same time it was bitter sweet, we found out the flood situation was getting worse back home. We decided to come home a couple days early so we can continue where we left off last week and help sandbag, or do whatever needs to be done.

Getting back to our trip... The boys had a blast seeing cousins they have never met in person, and I actually was introduced to even more family on my wife's side! Big family, so many faces and names to remember. I took the boys on a small hike in the mountains. They were excited, kept on saying "were going on a bear hunt, and were going to catch a big one, what a beautiful day, were not scared"... ha, lol it was hilarious! They really enjoyed the old ice cream parlor and carousel, and plus it was a good time filler before we had to be at some historic ranch for the wedding ceremony and dance.

This was the longest road trip the boys have been on, I must say they passed with flying colors.We are home now, the van is unpacked, and now it is time to focus on the task at hand. Our metro area is having major flooding issues with the thanks to high water and too much rain and snow-pack in the mountains heading down stream to us. It's unfortunate, but we all need to work together and help volunteer, filling sandbags and whatever else to help fight this flood! I will keep you all posted, for whatever reason we have yet to make any national news.

Thankfully our house is on a hill away from the water and safe. However, we have many friends and family that are still fighting to protect their homes and property from these high waters. I ask you all to keep all of them and others in your thoughts and prayers.

I would like to thank all of my fellow veterans for their service to our country, and warm thoughts to the family members who may have lost a loved one to the ultimate sacrifice. Semper Fi to all of my Marines out there, Have a great Memorial Day!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Long Time...

So the holidays happened.  The boys had not one but two birthday parties.  A new job entered the mix & life just got crazy.  Not sure if we will keep this blog or not.  He says yes, I say no.  Maybe if he blogs a lil more often...
Anyway... The blue truck died on Christmas Eve so we bought a 2009 Town & Country that looks something like this...

We love the extra room but not the extra gas expense.  This thing gets terrible gas mileage!  Other than the extra $$  things are going good.

Other than that we've just been working on the house.  Finally have some wall stuff hanging.  They are empty picture frames, but at least they are up!  Light fixtures redone, and more wall stuff...  It's coming together bit by bit.  :)

Valentines day was great!  I found misc. Valentines Day stuff on the counter (mug, blanket, candy) and had gotten a dozen roses the week before.  Started to make coffee & found a zippy bag buried in the coffee grounds.  Pulled the bag out to find tickets to Elton John!  While neither of us are huge fans, he will never come back here again.

For his Valentines Day gift I ordered him an MP3 player (so he stops using mine), new ear buds, slippers, and a few other misc. items.  Overall, great day.  Hope you enjoyed it too.