Man Podger David had a great idea to turn a simple planter into a DIY lazy susan for summer parties. It’s such a great project that I’m sure you’ll want to duplicate the technique for other home decor pieces.
So, you know me, always wandering around Home Depot looking for things to make into other things. Spring is coming, along with outdoor parties and when I saw some big, metal planter saucers (you know, the kind you put under a pot to catch water and protect the floor) on sale I thought “hmmmmmm . . . lazy susan?” It turned out to be easy and pretty fun!
-Metal planter saucer
-Envirotex Lite (to make it all waterproof and stuff)
-Plastic straw (not pictured)
-Lazy Susan mechanism (also from Home Depot)
-Sandpaper (not pictured)
-Glue – I used E-6000
-Spray paint (optional)
-Painters tape (optional)
My tray was white and I wanted to keep it that way but thought a snazzy green stripe would be fun so I sanded the edge of the tray, cleaned it, taped off the stripe (and anywhere else unwanted paint might get)
and just gave it a couple of coats of spray paint. I then removed the tape before the spray paint had dried.
My tray was BIG (16” wide) so to make a template for the inside, I traced the edges of the tray onto two large sheets of paper (you could use newspaper) and then taped them together.
Next up, I attached the turntable using the E-6000. Glue following the directions on the package and set it aside to dry. While that dried, I gathered my images. I used graphics I had on hand, but you could easily use scrapbook paper or wrapping paper or anything that appealed – just test it to make sure it holds up to the Mod Podge.
I laid out the design in MS Word, but I didn’t want to have to cut out and paste each image so I printed them out in sections on 11×14” legal paper and then cut each section out. Once they were all cut out I reassembled them, placed my template on top and traced the outline of the circle and cut accordingly. I then did a “dry fit” to make sure all was good and made a few minor adjustments.
After that it was easy to Mod Podge the layers into place. After the layers dried I sealed them with another coat of Mod Podge (this step is key- make sure you get the whole thing covered as the Envirotex will discolor any paper it comes in contact with) and set it to dry overnight. The next day I poured the Envirotex – closely following the directions on the box. I’ve used Envirotex a lot and, when you do exactly what they say it comes out great and when you improvise . . .well, not so much. TIP: You have to blow on the poured resin to pop any air bubbles and I’ve discovered that if you blow through a plastic straw it works beautifully! After giving the tray plenty of curing time (72 hours) we were ready to go.
And there you go. A fun, festive, custom, BIG DIY lazy susan!
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