A Crafty Cupcake Kitchen…er…Craft.

I’m taking a break from baking today because I made something recently that I love so much…I just have to share it!

This is my “new” upcycled cookbook stand. Isn’t it the happiest cookbook stand pretty much ever?! And I made it, which makes it even better!

Some of you may remember the clock that I made last year. I had decided at the time that I wanted a sweets themed kitchen, and this was my first addition. I kept seeing cute cupcake clocks all over the internet, and I knew it was something I could try, so I did. And I love it. This clock is the inspiration for my cookbook stand’s colors.

After my clock was done, I set out looking for other accessories that were just perfect, and I’ve found a lot of pretty, whimsical stuff, but one thing I couldn’t find was a cookbook stand that went with everything else. That’s when I set out to find a way to make it myself. Eventually, I found a stand that had a great shape and i knew I could spruce it up. Plus, it was on super clearance, so I couldn’t pass it up.

This is how my cookbook stand started out. Not, in my opinion, a very attractive stand. Since I couldn’t find a stand that made me happy, though, this one was going to get a makeover. It was very dark, and the rooster doesn’t match anything in my house, let alone my kitchen, but I felt like it had a lot of potential…with the right paint job, and if I could figure out how to get rid of that rooster. I love the swirls on it, so I knew I could make it work.

Clay turned out to be the perfect solution to my rooster problem. Now, it’s well on it’s way to becoming an adorable cupcake themed stand for my sweets inspired kitchen!

This is a close up of the ugly rooster before I got crafty. You can tell this was a bargain basement clearance find…just look at the scuffs and dust. Yuck. I cleaned it up and sanded the bumps out of it before getting started. It’d be a lot harder to clean all that up after the new additions.

Voila! Now that’s more like it! For the background, I just rolled out a piece of clay and cut a circle in it using a stencil. I needed a four-inch circle in order to cover the rooster perfectly, so I cut it slightly larger to allow me room to trim the edge with a pair of scalloped scrapbook scissors. Once that was done, I rolled out more clay for the cupcake. Now, here’s where I sort of cheated…I used a cookie cutter to cut the cupcake shape out. And it worked perfectly! Once the shape was cut, I cut the “frosting” off the top and gave it a rounded, fluffy looking bottom edge that could overlap the top edge of the bottom part of the cupcake a bit and give it more depth. The cherry and sprinkles were super simple…just rolling bits of clay into the appropriate shapes. I attached the whole piece to the stand by threading wire through the clay (and patching more clay on for extra strength) on the back of the piece, then twisted the wire around the rooster.

Originally, the cookbook stand had these heavy, metal balls hanging from chains. These are to place over the pages of smaller cookbook to prevent them from sliding closed, or to stop the wind turning the pages. I had planned on leaving them as-is, but once I had the main cupcake done, it inspired me to try doing something cute with the weights too.

And this is what I ended up with. I modeled clay around each of the weights into the shape of a cupcake. These make me very happy. πŸ™‚

Once all the clay was baked and set, I just had to paint things however I wanted.The big cupcake is definitely my favorite…

…but I love the little polka dots I put on the mini cupcakes too.

This adds such a happy vibe to my kitchen. Every time I see it I smile. πŸ™‚ What about you guys? Any crafting going on lately? What’s something you’ve made, or are making now, that you’re excited about?

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  1. Jen W says

    That is super cute! I’m excited as we are in the middle of separating our office/my craft room. I will soon have my own crafting space for card making, scrapping, etc.!! Working on picking out organizational stuff now, paint colors, etc. I can’t wait to see it all done and everything nice and neat and in it’s place.

  2. says

    What kind of clay did you use? I’ve used polymer, but it’s been a long time. Is it the air dry kind that you don’t have to bake? So cute! You’ve definitely inspired me!

    • says

      Hi Heather, I used polymer clay that had to be baked. Since it bakes at such low temps, I baked directly onto the cookbook stand and it worked perfectly. πŸ™‚

  3. Kate says

    OMG How cute are you!??!!! I now want to immediately go garage-saleing and find something fun to do like this! Such a great addition to your blog…typically those of us that love baking are also creative and love these kinds of crafts every once in a while too. Thanks for the awesome inspiration!! πŸ™‚

  4. says

    That’s adorable! Love the bright green color! I could see so many uses for those little baby clay cupcakes! Oh! What about a whole set with a little hole in the top to hold birthday candles!

  5. says

    I am kicking myself, hard. I wish I had seen this 2 weeks ago before I gave one of those stands to Goodwill. πŸ™ I even considered spray painting it before I gave it away, but I wasn’t in love with the rooster–what a great idea to cover it! Love the color and love the mini cupcakes. I may have to go buy mine back. πŸ™‚

  6. Laurie says

    OMG…you are seriously amazing…how cute is this?!?!!?…..i made a magnetic fishing game of clay one time….and put little magnets into each of them, and they had a little home in an egg crate….i made it to use w/ the kids i work with (i do speech therapy), but when i got it to work i didn’t want anyone to touch it!! hahaha…i apparently have a hard time sharing…i had put so much work into all of my fishies that i couldn’t bear it if one broke!

  7. Libby says

    I seem to be a little late to the party..lol but I came across this on Pinterest. I am redecorating my kitchen in a Cupcake them and this is just toooo darn cute. I thought it was for sale and was going to buy it! One thing I have made for my new kitchen is Cupcake Canisters for my flour, sugar, etc. I bought a large, medium, and small glass..uh what would you call them, Mason Jar type canisters from Walmart with the silver screw on lids. I took white silicon caulking and filled a plastic piping bag and used one of my giant frosting tips to “pipe” on the caulk to look like frosting. Then I put on some multi-colored mini beads to look like sprinkles and added a fake Cherry on top! Then for the labels I just bought a pretty pink lettering from Michaels and spelled out what was in each jar. They are so stinkin adorable and have gotten lots of compliments. I have never been ambitious enough to play with clay, hats off to you! This is adorable.