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DIY Decorative Stands

Pinterest has sucked me in once again. I take one trip to church for a Mom's Nuturing Mom's night and with Mod Podge and scrapbook paper, a beast has been born.

I've been looking for some plate stands to display the coasters I made that night and I haven't had much luck. Partially due to the fact that I'm stingy and can't bring myself to pay $20 for a stand (especially when I need 4 of them). I've found some for $5 at Wal*Mart but sadly they never have enough of the right colors......I need 4 of the same color and they can't seem to have them all at once and I can't just buy a 1 or 2 at a time......don't's a curse LOL

So, while laying in bed the other day, it just came to me! What does every household have an abundance of?

Toilet paper rolls! LOL

So then I thought: "Well, I can just cut a shape out of it, making it resemble the stands they sell, right?"

So then you'd have this, but while it does what it's "made" to do, it isn't exactly pleasing to the eye.

That's where the scrapbook paper and Mod Podge comes in handy. :-)

You take your cut out and trace the outline on to the back of the scrapbook paper you're wanting to so.

Make sure you trace both sides, just in case one side is "off" a little more then the other. Then again, maybe there's no need in doing that, but *I* had too. LOL

Now it's Mod Podge time! :-D

Now you coat both sides of the TP roll with the Mod Podge. Make sure you coat it well.

Then you place your cut-out scrapbook paper onto the sides:

After your sides have been placed, coat the whole thing with Mod Podge and let sit to dry (doesn't take very long). Don't worry about the cloudiness, the Mod Podge will dry clear.

And voila, you're done! Toilet Paper Roll decorative stands. They work perfect to display my coasters although they aren't the sturdiest.......I probably wouldn't put anything too heavy or valuable on them with out some sort of reinforcement. With that said, they work perfectly for what I want and they look good and are cheap to boot! :-D

I've placed mine on top of my DVD towers and I love how they turned out!


  1. That is so cool! It looks great!! If you need a sturdier one you could probably use the roll from paper towels... it might work? Good job!!

    1. Thanks! A pretty simple, cheap solution. :-) I'm not sure how much sturdier a paper towel roll would work b/c it'd have to be cut down the same height.....otherwise the weight would just topple it right over. I'm still brainstorming ways to reinforce them.......

    2. What about Popsicle sticks glued to the inside? It would make it sturdier, but I'm not sure how it would effect the balance. Good luck!

    3. I'd thought about that but they stand up fine. The problem is the coasters are almost too heavy for the toilet paper rolls which makes them a tad top-heavy. They're fine as long as they DVD tower they sit on doesn't get bumped, but if it does, down they topple.


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