Monday, April 15, 2013

COVERED PEDESTAL TUTORIAL - How to make a 1 inch scale covered pedestal for cakes and treats.

This is a picture of a covered pedestal from a catalog that I thought would make a good blog tutorial.

For our "glass" cover I used tops from bottles of hair spray and a gumball machine toy container.

Find the right size circle for the plate part of the pedestal in your circle template.

In the next few pictures I will be showing how to make the pedestal from scratch.  If  you have a game piece or something else you can use for the pedestal go ahead.

Trace a circle for the plate onto mat board.

Trace 3 more circles for the pedestal onto mat board.

I also marked the quarters and drew lines so I could find the center of the circles later.

**This is were your creativity comes in.  This is my version, I picked the sizes.  When you make yours you decide what size circles and how many you want.** 

I cut the circles out using scissors.

I have an extra circle in the mix, I decided not to use it.

Sand the edges of all the circles.  I used 180 grit, use what you have on hand.

When you have the circles sanded glue them together, I used yellow carpenter's glue.

I am using an 1/8" dowel for the center post.  1/8" dowels are usually available from the lumber department at the big box stores.

Again, this is a choice you can make for the diameter of the center post.

I cut the center post 5/8" long.

I try to cut down on the fuzz I created when I sanded the edges by applying a coat or two of acrylic finish.

Let this dry.

Using a large pin, mark the center of the center post.

I am using the Dremel today for drilling holes.

To make the drilling easier you can use a small bit first and graduate up to the diameter of a tooth pick.

I have my hole drilled and I will dry fit the tooth pick before gluing.

I glued the tooth pick in with  carpenter's wood glue.

Mark the center of the top circle with a large pin, I am using a "T" pin.

Drill a hole for the tooth pick to fit into.

Measure and cut the dowel 1/8" extra.  This extra will be glued into the pedestal's foot.

Dry fit, you might have to sand the tip of the tooth pick a bit to help it fit into the hole.

Glue the tooth pick into the mat board.

I have just set the plate part onto the center post, it's not glued, yet.

I am estimating where I want to cut off the plastic top.

I've marked where I want to cut.

For brittle plastic I score a line with the craft knife and just keep scoring or scraping until I'm through the plastic.

I've gotten out my little collection of scissors that cut decorative edges.  I even have a ancient pair of pinking shears.

I am going to use the scallop scissors.

I cut an edge with the scissors.
I measure 1/8" from the rounded top of the scallop and cut a strip.

I glued the edging onto the edge of the mat board plate.

I was lucky with this one, it went around and matched up!

You can also glue this strip pointing up.  You are the designer, the choice is yours.

I am going to make a bead on the center post.  I've shown this before when I made the bed from card stock.

I have my ruler laying diagonally at the paper's edge.  I cut the strip.  I am using the 8.5 end of a 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper.

You can try different lengths and widths for different shapes and sizes of beads.

I have glued the paper around the center post.

You can use tacky or carpenter's glue.

I don't like to butt glue anything together.  The mat board plate is only 1/16" thick and really isn't worth drilling through.

With that said, butt glue the plate to the center post and let it dry completely.

These are bead caps.  They are jewelry findings.  You can usually find them in the beading department.

I am going to use the smallest bead cap for this top.  I've also chosen an oblong gold bead.

Mark the center of the top with a large pin or "T" pin.

For connecting the bead and bead cap to the top I am going to sand down a tooth pick.

Yes, I could use a head pin, that's also from the beading department.  I find I have more luck with the glue sticking to the wood rather that the metal of the head pin.  The choice is up to you.
If you use the tooth pick you will have to sand down to the diameter of the holes in the bead cap and bead.

I am dry fitting my knob together.

You could also make a knob from punching out shapes and gluing them to a tooth pick as I have with this top.

I am marking where I want to cut off the extra tooth pick.

I've cut the extra off.

Dry fit your bit of tooth pick.  You may need to drill out the hole in the top.

My knob is a little obscured by my background, isn't it?

Got it all together.

I've mixed some wood glue with my paint.

My rule of thumb is add glue, but don't add so much as to change the color of the paint.

I'm working with white . . . .

I used a tooth pick to drape the glue/paint mix onto the center post and down to the mat board, blending the two together.

I also did the same thing at the top to help that butt joint.

I also covered the bead's paper lines.

You might have to do this a couple of times depending how much glue you had in the paint.

Wait until this glue/paint mix dries before you paint the rest of the pedestal.  If the glue/paint mix only has a "skin" on it you can damage it with your paint brush.

I've painted this pedestal white.

I am going to add some gold to the edges and maybe a band or two.

Here is the finished covered pedestal.  Too bad I don't have a cake baked!!

I played with making a couple of more using the gumball machine containers.

I think they are a little large, they make a great statement, though.  They would be good in a commercial setting like a bakery.

Have fun, Expand on it, Make it better . . . . .

Just keep making minis!!



  1. This is fantastic--and such a great and creative way of using all those bottle caps. Thank you so much!

  2. Now I just need to convince my kiddo that he wants the toys in tiny containers :D Thanks for another lovely tutorial Kris! So many of us really do appreciate all the time and work you've put into sharing your creations with us.

  3. These are fabulous. I'll have to check out my hair product lids.

  4. I love these and I think they look Very elegant! I liked the tip about mixing the glue with the paint. I see that this is a great way to stabilize the thinner paper around the plate. Now why didn't I think of that!!?
    Thank you!


  5. Kris, these are so fantastic!!! Many, many thanks for the tutorial. Now I have to look for those containers ;0) Minihugs, Lotti

  6. Beautiful workshop.

    Thank you,


  7. Wow, this is a completely fabulous tutorial! Not that the others aren't, of course they are. But personally I especially like this one, since you can showcase so many different things this way. And let me just say that the time and effort you put into making these tutorials for us is so generous. Thank you so much for all your wonderful instructions!


  8. Muchas gracias. Como siempre un un tuto buenisimo.

  9. Amazing tutorial, as usual!

  10. Me encanta todo lo que haces, pero esta explicación de como hacer un pedestal te la agradezco enormemente ya que desde hace tiempo estaba buscando la manera de hacerlos para la pastelería que estoy tratando de hacer. Mil gracias, besos desde España!!

  11. FABULOUS !!!! Kris,you are a wizard!!!

  12. This is brilliant, I thought it was life size when I first saw the picture, I need to make this for my dollhouses. Thank you for sharing and the great tutorial.

  13. Dear Kris
    Thank you so, so much!
    Once again you make a wonderful item and share with us all.
    We`re so lucky to have you making items for us.

    Have a wonderful Spring & Summer

    Greetings from Denmark

  14. Great ideas. Thank you for the another wonderful tutorial. I will have to tailor my shopping to items with dome-like lids!

  15. Un tutorial estupendo y bonito .A ver si lo pongo en práctica

  16. This is genius, Kris! Such an inspiring post....I am going to try it for myself. Thanks again for a wonderful tutorial.

  17. Hallo Kris !
    Vielen Dank für deine tolle Workshop. Habe schon viel gelernt von dir.
    Liebe Grüße aus Deutschland

  18. Great tutorial, now I know how to cut plastic thank you so much Kris :)


  19. Thanks! It's fantastic and simple.
    Bye, Faby


  21. Awesome! I love your tutorials !!!
    Thanks for sharing your ideas!!

  22. These are amazing, I'm always looking for different ideas for making cake stands - thank you so much for sharing! :D

    Many mini hugs,

  23. Very pretty. I love it! Thank you for sharing your tuts.

  24. You are really talented, love your tutorial, thanks

  25. Amei, adorei, agradeço a gentileza de ensinar c tantos detalhes.

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  27. I really love your work it is a masterpiece!!! You said they were a little big so I had a suggestion for you! Try using the little plastic top that covers the Hershey Chocolate Syrup and that should make it smaller!It could probably be painted in the color of your kitchen decor because it might not be clear enough to see the dessert contents inside!

  28. I have been following your blog for a couple of months- watching ,learning and collecting . I think I'vs got husband 'on board' ! I have made cardboard template of 2 story house to see how it fits in my work space.
    You are inspirational �� ��
    I will keep you posted on my progress.

  29. Kris I really, really LOVE your blog. I usually can understand your tutorials because they are so clear. Love the recycled items you use to create...very exciting to me. Thanks so VERY MUCH for sharing.