It was inspired by this lovely from Pottery Barn.
Image from Pottery Barn
Yeah, I still think theirs is prettier, but in an effort to save $$$ I decided to try my hand at making one. So I ran over to my local big box hardware store (the one that rhymes with Foam Repo) and bought me some duct work. One of the very nice employees came over to see if I needed help as I walked up and down the aisle repeatedly. When I told him I wasn't buying the duct work for my home and that I'd know what I needed when I saw it, he eyed me warily but smiled and walked off looking back over his shoulder a few times.
In any case, I bought me a couple of end caps (they have varying sizes, so you can actually create a 3-tiered platter like the one in the photo) and one connecting piece. I brought them home not having a clue how I was going to connect them.
I doubted hot glue would do the trick, but I decided to try it first anyway. And I'm glad I did...I'll tell you why in a minute. I started by using the hot glue on both inside rims of the connecting piece to build a "lip". After it was dry, I tried to glue the lip to the bottom of the smaller cap and the inside of the larger cap. It worked, and it actually held pretty well, but after a while of reaching in to get candy out, the glue gave way and it came apart.
So my suggestion is epoxy. It generally works better on things like this than hot glue does. But building a hot glue "lip" up on the inside of the connecting pieces will help give the epoxy a larger area to adhere to. So, in the end, the hot glue is a good idea. Of course, there are probably those of you out there who have an even better way of connecting the pieces (and if so, please leave me a comment...I'm always open to improvements).
But after all is said and done I have a smaller version of the party platter for about 1/5 the price. Hooray for duct work!!
It's about that time again! Next Friday is another Frugal Friday Linky Party! Get your frugal OCD* projects ready, and let's meet up here next Friday and share the goodness! I can't wait!!
*Obsessively Consumed with Decorating.
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Have a great weekend~