For me, a cookbook stand has always been one of those things I kind of want but can’t bring myself to buy because frankly, cookbook stands just aren’t that cute. For cute, I’ll drop a little dough – but not $75, which is the price of the only cookbook stand I’ve ever seen that I could tolerate having in my kitchen. When I see price tags like that, I take matters into my own hands. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make a super cute and spunky little cookbook stand that you can be psyched to have in your kitchen, even when there’s no cookbook in it.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A circuit board (mine was 10.5″ x 8″)
- A plate stand
- Robot stamps (for example, these incredibly awesome stamps right here)
- Paint, markers, or colored pencils for coloring the stamps / images
- Watercolor paper or good card stock
- Acrylic paint (optional)
- Three 1″ wooden blocks or other doohickeys of similar size
- Two screws
1. Ink up your stamps or print your digis. If you like, you can use the robots to represent all the members of your family right down to the dog and the cat, or you can just pick the robots that play your synthesizer like Styx and stop when you think you have enough. (Robots, that is. Some people never can get enough Dennis DeYoung.)
2. Color the robots and cut them out with your trusty scissors.
3. Position the robots on your circuit board in such a way that they make you happy.
4. Glue them down.
5. If you like, add paint to the circuit board to help it coordinate with your kitchen. You can go minimal, maximal, criminal – whatever you like. Just don’t tell the painting police I sent you. I have a warrant out for Failure to Gesso.
6. Depending on the size and shape of your plate stand, you may (but do not necessarily) need a wooden “prop,” the idea of which is to allow your plate stand to accommodate big behemoth hardback cookbooks or little skinny paperback cookbooks with equal grace and aplomb.
When you have a big fat cookbook, the “prop” rests on the top of the plate stand.
When you have a little skinny cookbook, the “prop” fills up the extra space.
Assuming your plate stand needs the same thing, glue together your wood blocks or doohickeys or whatever you’ve got. With luck, your circuit board will have holes in it, in which case, you can pre-drill your wood piece(s) as needed and screw your blocks / doohickeys / decorative molding piece like the one I found at Home Depot into place.
7. Spray your finished circuit board with fixative, then seal it with a protective spray. THEN make a loud whooping sort of noise, because you’re done!
Don’t forget to check out Cindy’s amazing robot stamps that I used on my cookbook stand, because in honor of this tutorial, they’re on sale!
Be sure to check out the store!