Take Brunch to the Next Level With DIY Mini Cupcake Stands
We’re in an entertaining mood at the moment, planning brunches and birthdays and showers, oh my! So, when we found these adorable cupcake stands, we thought they’d be perfect for cupcakes topped with Stephanie Izard’s Cheesy Chippy Crumble. To get the ideas flowing, we’ve got some design inspiration to share with you below.
We played with three different prints, experimenting with dots, lines, squiggles, splotches and punchy fruit prints, but the possibilities are endless with these easy-to-use and dishwasher-safe pens.
– Porcelain Cupcake Stand
– Porcelain Paint Pens
– Scrap Paper
Seriously… that’s it!
1. On a piece of scrap paper, press down repeatedly on the tip of your paint pen until ink starts flowing.
2. Draw on your designs with the paint pens.
3. Let air dry for 24 hours and then bake in a 300ºF oven for 35 minutes to cure.
4. Wash in dishwasher or with a soft sponge in between uses.
Doesn’t get any easier than that! Grab your favorite plain serving stand and show us what you’ve got.
On a piece of scrap paper, press down repeatedly on the tip of your paint pen until ink starts flowing. Test out a few designs on your scrap paper to get a feel for your design and the paint pen.
Start drawing your designs! For this one we went with a bright orange and yellow citrus print, starting out with orange wheels.
If you make a mistake, just wipe it away with a wet paper towel, dry your stand and continue drawing. Your design won’t be set in stone until you bake it in the oven.
Next we added a few lemons for variety and little black polka dots to make the whole thing pop.
So fresh and so clean!
For our next design, we went for a more painterly look with faux brush strokes and teeny polka dots.
Check out those faux strokes!
And for our final design we went crazy with stripes, dots, squiggles and blocks of color.
Once you’re finished, let your designs air dry for 24 hours and then bake your stand in the oven for 35 minutes at 300 degrees F to cure and make it dishwasher safe. SCORE! And if you don’t have a dishwasher, clean it with a soft sponge in between uses.
Put that stand to work and pop a cupcake on top, like one of these salty sweet Cheesy Chippy Crumble topped cupcakes!
Stick around to see what amazing designs our co-oppers come up with. We’ll be sharing their masterpieces on the site soon!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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