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I have always planned on having different centerpieces at each table. I saw a photo of another bride’s wedding that had her escort cards as little ticket stubs with each person’s name on one side and the name of their table on each. I completely fell in love with the idea. Unfortunately, the Etsy seller who made her cards no longer makes them. I found a template on Etsy that would let me design and make my own though, so that’s on the to-do list. But, this post isn’t about escort cards, it’s about …
I have been sketching concepts of what I want for each centerpiece. I’m thinking things like sea lion with a ball, dancing bears, ferris wheel, human cannonball, etc. All great ideas, right, but I wanted them to share a common concept. I wanted them to all carry the same blue, yellow, and white theme, but I was also hoping to have the same or similar bases. I was thinking stacked boxes, or maybe the circus rings that you see elephants standing on. So, Friday after work, I headed out to a bunch of stores in search of inspiration. I wandered my way through Jo-Ann Fabric, Party City, Big Lots, Michaels and Target. All of the stores had potential, but I hadn’t found THE right item yet. I was in Michaels and had decided to go home empty handed, but the rear entrance to the store got blocked off from a spill, so I had to leave through the mall entrance and go through Target to get out. Since I was there, may as well check out this store too. I hit the dollar spot at the front of the store and I found them, THE bases. Yes, time did slow down and I stared at those little darlings like Rose staring at the Heart of the Sea after Titanic sinks.
They’re supposed to be cake stands. I had visions of painting the scallops in yellow and blue to look like a tent. I had planned on making the centerpieces no larger than one foot square. These little guys are 8” round, so they’re quite a bit smaller than some of the plans I had envisioned. No biggie, just got to hit the drawing board again. Target only had 10 of these, I anticipate having 12 tables. I hit another Target and snagged four more. Each stand was $5. I’m trying to keep the centerpieces under $15 each, so now I have only $10 left for the rest of it. Bring on the challenge!
Time to start painting. I called dad up and convinced him to go paint shopping with me. I figured we’d paint them another weekend since dad’s back was hurting. When we got home from Lowes, he started removing stickers and unscrewing bases, so I took him up on his enthusiasm and we put on the first coat of paint.
Before painting each stand, we had to unscrew the wooden bases and remove all the stickers. Before painting finished surfaces, you need to scuff them so the paint will stick. I grabbed some 3M finishing pads and gave each stand a quick buff until it wasn’t shiny anymore. Make sure you throw on a mask and goggles for this. Since I want the top of the stand to be white, we painted the entire stand white first and will follow up with a coat of yellow and blue for the flaps. We ran out of white paint at the very end (and sunlight) so hopefully this weekend it is warm enough to put on the second coat and finish off the flaps.
Dad scuffing bases before painting
Rust-oleum makes a Comfort Grip trigger handle that snaps onto the spray can. I 900% recommend you splurge the $7 to get one of these if you have a heavy duty spray painting project. You don’t realize how much your hand will cramp when you have to hold down a spray nozzle for an hour. We also propped each base onto empty soup cans to make painting easier. The bigger Chunky soup and spaghetti sauce cans were a lot better than the corn and bean cans if you decide you want to do something similar. The bases kept falling off the smaller cans. If the weather holds, hopefully I can show you finished bases next week! I’m crazy excited about these finds. If you’re having a carnival wedding, you might want to hit Target to snag a few of these bad boys too. They’re only out for Christmas, so they’ll be gone soon.
Painting bases at sunset
I’m thinking about putting our initials in the center of the stand. You know, the part that will basically be covered by the decoration. Thoughts?