I've seen these cake pan towers around and wanted to create one myself, but it seemed everyone had the same idea. No matter which thrift store I looked in, there were never any old aluminum cake pans. OK, that isn't true. There was ONE aluminum cake pan for 50 cents once. I bought it and it set in my "crafts to do hutch" for a year or so. (Tell me I am not the only one that has a "crafts-to-do hutch?!?)
Well, anywho, skip forward a year (or two) and I finally (finally!) stumbled upon two more pans for cheap that were perfectly aged (Read: OLD). They had the right patina, the exact right size and most importantly - the right price tag. I think they were a quarter each.
If you look closely, you'll notice the bottom pan is a cheesecake pan or springform pan.
Even better! I love the look of some "hardware" on my craft projects.
To make this project, I didn't want to spend any more money, so I raided the pantry, my craft hutch and some broken down decor pieces.
Here is how the project was divided up supply wise:
Broken Candlesticks (and a knife)
Wood Coins (left over from THIS WOOD COIN PROJECT)
hot glue - gun
plane grater (an old one!)
These candles were already cracked and/or broken, so it was no loss to cut them up. These sticks in particular had a cool square shape to them, so I liked them as a contrast to the round pans, chickpeas, apples and wood coins. Simply cut through the candle with a serrated knife (on a cutting board!) The little grooves created in the wax will give the hot glue a place to go so the candle can fit flush against the pans.
If your cut is a little uneven or you don't have a serrated knife, use a grater to even out the ends. Make sure you use an old grater because the wax will dull the surface of the little blades and your Parmesan won't shred as nicely as it used to!
Once the candles are cut and even, apply hot glue to the top and bottom of each stick and wedge them between two tiers.
For the bottom tier, I could have made another set of candles, but I decided to use some old wood coins I had from last year's garland and ABC letter projects. I simply stacked the coins with hot glue between each layer. The stack is then attached to the inside of the bottom pan and the bottom of the middle pan. My wood pieces weren't exactly even, so the tower tipped a bit. To fix this, I simply wedged a few pennies under the coins to even things out!
Once the tower was complete and had a chance to fully dry, I grabbed a bag of chickpeas and apples from the pantry to fill out the pans. The top and bottom pans also got a layer of wood coins as a base. Now I can add cupcakes or produce or whatever random thing strikes my fancy! Yay for cheap crafts!
Don't wanna wait around for the perfect cheap pans? Amazon has them fairly cheap HERE!
Don't want to make your own tiered tower? Etsy has you covered! Click HERE!
If you liked this tutorial, then you might enjoy the BOOK!
Make your own coconut oil.
Gather your own sea salt.
Grow your own grapevines for wreaths.
Give gifts naturally grown and crafted from your backyard garden.
Each chapter focuses on a plant or groups of plants and how to grow them in your home garden. Then, gather up those natural ingredients and get crafting! From lavender wreaths and hypertufa planters to lambsear angels and pickled tomatoes, there are projects for beginners on up!
Crafting with Nature is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, POWELL's! (!!!!) Booktopia (Australia!), IndieBound, Alibris, Glose.com, The Book Depository and Walmart.com. Books are also rolling out to retailers and libraries, so check for them there.
If your library does NOT have it yet, this is why you should talk to your librarian!
Want more for free?
For ALL the DIY projects here at the Nest,
check out the 'for DIY folks' page and click on any link to see that particular post!