Coming up on this episode of “Designed to the Nines”… do you like rustic farmhouse decor? Do you love Magnolia home decor? Well on this episode I’m going to show you how to knock off this wooden cake stand from Magnolia home and we’re going to do it for a tiny fraction of the cost so if that sounds good to you stay tuned! Welcome to “Designed to the Nines”, I’m NataLee Callahan.
.. and if this is the first time we’re meeting welcome to my channel if you enjoy learning about DIY and home decor then I’d ask you to consider subscribing to my channel below and turning the notifications on because I bring you weekly tutorials on these topics and I’d hate for you to miss any of the episodes because we try to have a lot of fun on here so this week I’m going to be doing a knock off of a Magnolia Home cake stand and I’m actually going to make two of them so we can do a tiered effect and I’m gonna make it two different ways and you’ll see why in a minute because I wanted to give you two options now I feel a little guilty and doing a knockoff of Chip and Joanna Gaines because they are so.
.. I just like them… and I mean I don’t know him personally but I want to send them business but I thought it might be fun to see if I could recreate the same look on a tight budget for those of you who may not be able to splurge on a Magnolia Home Decor piece so I popped on over to their website and I found these really adorable cake stands I decided to knock off this one because I really liked the scalloped edge and I like them the metal versus the wood and I thought it would be a really fun project to see if I could get the look for less and I think that we can so we’re going to do this two ways if you look at the edge detailing on the original piece it’s actually made I believe from plywood because you can actually see kind of the layering effect on the edge of the cake stand by me doing it this way the larger one I think it’s going to actually end up being a little bit more authentic to the original if you have some plywood laying around this will be the less expensive option so I had some scrap wood left over from building my bench and this is one of the pieces and then actually gonna use up pretty much every last drop of my plywood over the course of the next couple of tutorials I’m actually going to cut two and you’ll see why I measured and found some bowls in the house so look around you might find the right thing and that will help you get a perfect circle so gonna go out and cut this out with our jigsaw but I’m going to work slowly and then if we have any rough spots I’m gonna just sand those down that is for somebody who has a jigsaw maybe has some plywood sitting around or can get their hands on something for those of you who don’t and are a little intimidated by using a jigsaw I have not forgotten you and we’re going to use a pre-cut round so each of them has their kind of pros and cons and I’ll go over that as we go but before I get started cutting out our circles I want to ask you to stick with me to the very end because I have got a special bonus project that is super easy super affordable and super cute so stick with me to the very end and I will have that bonus project for you now let’s go cut out our circles.
our circle turned out pretty good there are a couple of like rough spots so now I’m going to take my electric sander and sand it all down nice and smooth and then also do a good standing on the top so I’ve got my two circles cut out and sanded down this one is my top one and so I was a little bit more particular with this one it looks pretty darn good in my opinion and then I cut out a second circle this is about a half inch smaller than this one we are going to be gluing this to the top one and then we are going to be doing that scalloped edge detail I thought that that would make the scalloped edge detail so much easier to apply on this one and so that’s why we have two circles this is the underside of the top piece and we’re going to put both rough sides together we’re going to attach this to the top so first of all we’re going to put on our trusty e6000 and this is really good we’re gonna use this again so keep it close by and then just for some immediate stick we’re gonna put on some hot glue then we are going to flip this over and we are going to just make sure that it is centered this is a candlestick that I got at Michaels we’re going to find Center on this trace it so we know where it goes and then we’re going to do the same thing with the e6000 I thought about using nails and stuff but I think we’re going to be okay with this put some hot glue for immediate stick flip it over and squeeze it down and put it right where it’s supposed to be alright! that actually.
.. I’m surprised how good that sticks so now we have a cake stand which I’m actually pretty excited about it looks a really good we need the really adorable kind of metal scalloped edging so this is my very affordable and hopefully it’s gonna work out I have a good feeling about it I picked up some tongue depressors you can get these at the dollar tree you can get them pretty much at any craft store we are going to make the scalloped edge out of popsicle sticks I’m actually really quite excited about this so I’ve decided to apply these first and then paint them after and we are going to measure one inch and make a mark and what’s cool about these tongue depressors is you can take a cheap pair of scissors and just cut them instead of having to use a saw.
.. you can use a saw and so then you can see there will be our scallop and that will look really cute I’m gonna do a whole bunch a total of 48 but I’m going to cut 24 of these so we’ve got a pile of tongue depressors cut out for our scalloped edge I’m gonna use a little bit of e6000 and a little bit of hot glue to attach them we’re going to make sure we do this smooth side out and just a little bit at the top and then a little dab of hot glue for some instant stick right underneath that lip and hold it down and then we’re going to just go all the way around all right so I finished applying my scalloped edge and overall I’m really happy with it I’m gonna set it aside for a second and let it set up a little bit longer but then I’m going to take some spackling and I’m just going to kind of fill in the gaps a little bit and then we’ll sand it down and paint the scalloped edge but I don’t want to mess with it while it’s still kind of freshly drying so I’m going to set that aside and we are gonna do the smaller version we are going to start out with this 8 inch round that I picked up from Michaels I got it 50% off it was $3 same with these candlesticks that I’m using they were 50% off being $3 a piece and so similarly to this one we are going to find the center and then attach to this but then we are going to do the scalloped edge on this one I’m worried that because this is on an angle that they will kind of cave inward like that so we we’re going to have to do something to keep them upright and again it’s going to be just the same process as before of hot glue and a 6,000 yep! I think what I’m going to have to do I am gonna have to definitely do something here to keep it the way we want it I was afraid of this.
.. so yeah we’re gonna have to do this all the way around just because otherwise our scalloped edge will cave in I am covered head to toe in glue! So the hard part is done and we’ve got our scalloped edge on you could leave it alone leave it just like this and paint it up and stain it and call it a day I want mine to be a little bit more smooth so I’m gonna actually take some joint compound since we’re painting it if we were staining it you’d want to use wood filler but I’m just gonna use some of this spackling and then we’re gonna let this dry you don’t have to do this step I just I’m doing it because I want it to be as close to the original as possible well let it set till it’s completely dry and then I’m gonna sand it down I am so thrilled with how these are turning out so far they are so cute but I do have to tell you I think the easier way to do this.
.. believe it or not is to cut the two rounds because trying to brace this so that it wouldn’t cave in on an angle it was very tedious work so having the other circle behind it I just think that that’s the better way to go and it’s also the cheaper one but we learn as we go and if you don’t again if you don’t have the jigsaw and you’ve got time it’s gonna have a very similar end result so I think that that will be good now it’s time to give the scalloped edge that metallic bronze finish that was on the inspiration one.
I’m gonna be using craft smart onyx in the premium metallic acrylic paint and this was like $1.79 (US) not on sale I’m just gonna brush this on and again if you wanted to tape this all off and use spray paint you could but I’m just going to go ahead and paint the scalloped edge just being very careful our scalloped edge is dried and honestly I think if I were to redo this I would probably go ahead and use a spray paint I think it would go a little bit faster and also give like a little bit smoother of a finish but I’m okay with this and we’re gonna go with it anyways unless I change my mind we’ll see! so for right now though we need to amp up the farmhouse rustic on this wooden cake stand because it by Magnolia home what I’m gonna do is I’m going to use this same Kona colored gel stain that I’ve used for the past several tutorials I still have a ton of it left, so we’re going to do this very dry so I’m going to get some on my brush and then I’m going to wipe a lot of it off because if you compare it to their cake stand they just gone in and kind of just dry brushed very subtly and so that’s all we’re going to do here is keep it really subtle so I’m done giving the rustic vibe to the tier trays I’ve done antiquing them I’m really happy with how they turned out I’m gonna let it set a second before we put our polyurethane on but I wanted to do that really quick bonus project that I promised you honestly this is so easy I don’t even know if we could technically call it a project but sometimes the easy projects are the best ones so I have this piece of scrap wood just sitting around and then I picked up a package of those metal words from Dollar Tree that you’re seeing probably all over the place and I am just going to attach this to it but first I wanted to go ahead and give it a nice dark stain and we’ll let it dry we’ll put some polyurethane on it when we do that and then as simple as gluing the word onto the block of wood and boom super inexpensive easy decor that cost me like 30 cents! OK.
.. so I want to protect the finish and so I’m going to be using this premium spray enamel this is not gonna be food safe but I don’t feel bad because the original wasn’t food safe either just put something down underneath it just some sort of separation between your food and this and we can use this for decor display we can use it for cupcakes and cakes My Magnolia home cupcake stands and cake stand is done and overall I’m very happy with it I’m going to be using this all the time is perfect for fall festivities coming up as well as Christmas if you have more of like a farmhouse rustic Christmas I think I’ve got the finish of it pretty close to that of the original so actually the bigger one we came in a little bit less expensive I’m gonna call this one $5 and this one is more like $8 verses $28 and $40 respectively on their sizes.
.. so we we did really good on budget I might actually make a little bit bigger version so I could do the three-tier tray what do you think of it do you think it’s a pretty good dupe? let me know in the comment section below and also let me know in the comments section below if you would like to see me do something a little bit more glamorous a little more blingy with a little bit more sparkle this one’s definitely rustic wooden a farmhouse vibe but I think I might be interested in making one that’s a little bit more glitzy and glamorous for the winter months and the holidays that are coming up thank you so much for watching stay tuned for next week’s episode which is the ultimate fall wreath playlist that I’m co-hosting with Kristin Kay come check it out next week we are gonna hopefully have so much inspiration for you if you enjoyed this episode I’d ask you to consider subscribing to my channel below and turning the notifications on because I bring you weekly tutorials on DIY and decor and I would love it if you joined me thank you so much and we’ll see you again soon, bye!