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Candy stand using repurposed plastic bottles

I have no idea where the inspiration for this candy stand came from... I have a pile of cut plastic bottles that I regularly play with to think up ideas to use them, and this one just popped into my head. I think it would be perfect for a party table or special occasion, and could be used to display sweets or snacks.

 

The base for the candy stand is a vinyl LP that I decided to put to good use, since I no longer have a record player. You could also use a cake tray, ceramic or glass plate, etc. I used a 10mm HSS drill bit to enlarge the centre hole to fit a 10mm dowel for the stand.

You will also use the same drill bit to drill a hole in the centre plastic containers that will be mounted on the dowel. Drill from the inside through the bottom - it's easier.

I pushed the containers onto the dowel and they fit nice and snug, but you can add a bit of epoxy glue if you need to. This was very much trial and error to start off with, but I am very happy with how it turned out.

Before gluing everything into place, I sprayed each part with Rust-Oleum 2X satin blossom white. I was going to leave it white but you will see that I changed my mind and sprayed it pink. I decided to go girly and over-the-top.

All the individual containers are glued onto the base using my Dremel Hot Glue Gun and glue sticks. I applied glue to the base of each container and lined them all up the same way. Place all the containers around the base so that you can ensure a nice fit and that each container touches the edge of the next one.

Once everything was stuck together nice and secure I took the stand outdoors and sprayed it with Rust-Oleum 2X gloss candy pink. The new 2X cans have been formulated to spray onto plastic and it works like a dream.

Did I say I was going over-the-top? I used my glue gun to stick on some glittery silver butterflies here and there, as well as a few pink shimmering flowers. Not overdone but definitely over-the-top for me.

As the final decorative touch I applied a thin bead of Bostik clear glue around the rim of each container and then sprinkled on some silver glitter. Last item was to add a wooden bead on top as a handle and to finish off the candy stand.

 

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