Sunday

Tiers on my Table

Pottery Barn has a galvanized three tier table stand for $70. I thought it might be fun to make one out of those cookie tins that you can't throw away because you might use them for something. Here is the something.

Choose three tins; a small medium and large. We will only use the middle sized lid.
Buy a threaded rod ( I found mine in the hardware section of Home Depot). They come in a variety of diameters; I chose 3/8".  I cut mine 16" long with a hacksaw. Pick up 6 nuts and washers to fit.

While you're at it, go to the electrical department and pick up a piece of metal conduit (tube) that will slip over the threaded rod. It's cheap, in fact all of this stuff is cheap.

Cut a piece of copy paper the diameter of your largest tin and then fold in half both ways to find the center. Place it on the bottom of the tin. Drill a hole large enough to accommodate the threaded rod. You can use the same paper - just cut it smaller - to find the centers of the rest of the tins and the lid.
Thread one of the nuts and a washer an inch or so above one end of the rod. Add the lid (upside down) and then the largest tin. Add another washer, then screw on another nut. Screw down tightly. You may need a pair or two of pliers.

Slip the middle sized tin on to the rod to determine how high you wish it to be. In my case, it was 8 inches. Since my tubing wouldn't fit over the nuts, I cut the tube 7 inches long. You can use a hacksaw but I chose to use this tube cutter which makes a smooth even cut.

Place the tube on the rod, add a nut, washer and the middle sized tin. Add another washer and nut and again, screw down tightly.
Place the last two nuts and washers on the end of the rod. Measure from the top of the nut inside of the middle tin to the bottom of the new nuts and washers to determine the length of the next piece of tubing. Cut that piece of tubing to length. (Again, for me, it was 7 inches) Remove the new nuts and washers, slip on the tube, then add a nut and washer. Place the smallest tin over the washer and add the last washer and nut. All together now - screw down tightly.

Fill it with whatever you wish and place it in the center of your table. Cute huh?

In spite of the camera angle - the bottom tin is larger than the middle one.

20 comments:

Fazemos de Conta said...

Wow, wht a great idea!
I love it.
Hugs from Brazil,
Lúcia

Wax Beach Artist said...

Very clever!

creativejewishmom.com said...

brilliant as usual! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

Michelle L. said...

Cookie tins! Why didn't I think of that? Love it, such a cute version of the tiered tower!

Melodie said...

What a clever idea...I always throw out those tins...guess we all need to upcycle...but I will still look to you for the ideas!!!

scrapfancy said...

I know what you are talking about and you did such a wonderful job. I really like your tins. Great job.Thanks for sharing.

Georgee said...

Wohoo! What a wonderful idea! I have some old ones and some vintage ones. I think just the not so terribly old ones for this. Great job. By the way I don't have a Pottery Barn near me - what do theirs look like?

Patti said...

so clever...like the vintage tins you used! Stop over to enter Vintage Linen Giveaway

Ivy and Elephants said...

Woooooowwww that is super cool. I love this idea. It really came out great.

Paula
ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

Ashley said...

very creative!!!
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Jill said...

What a great idea for those tins! Brilliant storage idea!

Thanks for linking to the Creating Success Worldwide blog hop!! Hope you'll come back again next week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

laurie -magpie ethel said...

Love this idea and may have to put it to use. Thanks for the inspiration....

Tamra said...

How clever! After perusing some of your tutorials, I feverishly bookmarked your blog, and will definitely link to it from mine. Thanks for all of the great inspiration!

Jan Ely said...

You're amazing! Keep 'em coming!

Catch A Falling Star said...

Oh,what a cute idea!
I always have tons of those tins and I always ALWAYS see them in thrift stores for a dime a dozen!
I love the circus elephants one!

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Hi, Gail! The Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop became the coolest party on the block because of your participation. Thank you :)

Meg said...

That is pretty darn cool. I love the vintage feel of the tins. Great tutorial as well! Love it!

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

Such a clever idea! It turned out great. Thanks for sharing how to make it!

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