I had seen photos of Upcycled Dessert Stands and I wanted to create one as a focal point for my dad's 80th birthday party. I had already created some Upcycled yard ornaments, so I figured I would use the same basic procedure--obtain some glass pieces, stack them, and glue them together.
Part one went pretty well--I went to the local second-hand store and spent some time in the housewares department stacking glass items. I figured I was onto something when the other shoppers stopped to admire my handiwork.
Then, I purchased the items, washed them, and stacked them in my house.
That's when it hit me--did I really want to schlep this huge crystal thingamajig to Ohio in the back of my car?
My mom always said that necessity is the mother of invention, so I put on my thinking cap and decided to try--Industrial Strength Velcro.
|I had a coupon and purchased it at JoAnn Fabrics, but I think it is cheaper at hardware stores.|
Yes, Industrial Strength Velcro is totally a thing. Best of all, it is self-adhering, so I didn't have to use any glue.
I simply cut narrow strips and fitted them to the top and bottom of each layer. I used hooks for the top, and loops for the bottom. For the narrow cup top edges I put a thin rim of hooks and then wider loops for them to grip. (I used white velcro, which I thought was less obvious than black.) It worked like a charm! I did leave the stand in one piece for a while to allow the adhesive on the tape to cure (about 24 hours.) Then I just took it apart and packed each piece in an individual plastic bag, which stacks neatly and takes up far less space than the assembled stand.
|The stand in action at a fundraiser for Team Ritter of the John Ritter Foundation for the 2014 New York City Marathon.|
This stand will soon be available at my Etsy shop, along with other beautiful Upcycled items.