Monday, September 16, 2013

Back to Nature - Cake Stand DIY

I have been making tree-inspired things (did I tell you I love trees?) for a long time.

For one thing, my curtain rods are branches.

I have used twigs to decorate my ceiling lamp for Christmas..

My beloved husband, partner, cheap labour and friend will go on tree adventures with me....hahhahaha! One time I found some tree stumps and he went with me to drag, lug, lift, hoist those crazy-heavy babies from the roadside, into our car.  Looking back, it's hilarious the things I do, but it wasn't funny at the time.

See how happy I was to have found them?

See how happy my husband was, to help me? ( hero...)

Yes, we do this in broad daylight, where we can be seen by the ....shhh...public!  My poor mum, if she had been in the car to see all this, she would've slunk under the seat.

We had to lug them across this drain, ok?

ummm....and this drain.

 Yes, and this drain, too....

Then we drove our trophies to a woodwork shop.  But the guy who has machines larger than my simple electric saw, refused to slice them for me!  He said it was too difficult, they would roll about etc.  So disappointing!  Other shops would have been too far for us to drive out to, so I had to abandon the project! :(  These photos above are at least a year or two old, by the way.

Recently I gave it another shot, but this time I got smaller stumps.  I sawed them myself  by hand (so determined was I).  And put together this cake stand.  The stumps are about 3 to 4 inches in diameter. The tin in this first picture is supposed to represent a cake!  I had to quickly photograph these pictures as this cake stand went to a customer. It's funny to say 'customer' because this really started out as a hobby only.

 I love the texture of the bark...

For another shot,  as I am no baker and dislike cooking, I used mashed potatoes to fill the cupcake cups...

This is how each 'tray' looks...

Oh my goodness, I LOVE my cake stand!  What do you think?


  1. What a 'green' idea, Val!
    YES! I love your cake-stand too.
    Wow - Hubby & you must really enjoy your nature workouts. No wonder you guys look so fit & young!
    One question - what happened to the original 'trophies'? Seats for the front or side garden?

    1. Pattie, could not have them cut so we had to abandon them altogether.

    2. Hmm ... all that team work, hard work, effort - wasted. At least you guys had a good work-out :)

  2. From facebook, Sept 16th, 2013:

    Really like ur cake stand!! Pat Dcruz

    Thanks, Pat!

  3. From facebook, Sept 17th, 2013:

    Woww!! That's a beautiful cake stand! Phoebe T. Lim

    Thank you, Phoebe! We'll make one for your (coming) baby's first birthday, ok? heeheheeee!

  4. lovely! what more can i say .... ❤

    1. ummm..."Alam Flora strikes again"?

  5. Wonderful job you've done Val. Really creative cake stand! Patricia Lee

    1. Thanks Patttt!! You're such an encourager!

  6. cannot say I hate you, cos I don't.
    cannot say you're hopeless, cos you're not.
    can say that i envy your creativity &
    I think you're awesome!
    x, pam :-)

    1. Oh my, Pam! Thank you so much. We need to go dancing together :)

  7. From Facebook :
    This is a brilliant idea. Always with nature.
    Millie Loh

    1. Thanks, Millie!! Yes, love nature!

  8. Good Job - looks cool - you are very creative :)