One of my new keywords this year is repurpose: taking an old or unused object and changing it so that it can be used in a new way. If you're a thrifter or a crafter this idea is probably already near and dear to your heart, as it is mine, but I wanted to make it more of a focus of my everyday life and not just something that happens every now and then. If you haven't seen The Story of Stuff gather the kids and watch this short video (20 minutes) on the stuff we all have, where it comes from, and how having less stuff is one way of making the world a better place. My kids loved the straightforward yet entertaining presentation and we all found it to be great motivation for being more green in 2008. I'm adding a new category to my blog for repurposing and I hope to have it full of ideas by the end of the year.
So, what does that have to do with Clementines on cake stands? Well, if you look closely, only one is a true cake stand - the other two have been repurposed. I got this great, no, brilliant idea from Betz White and decided to give it a try. You'll probably need to take a trip to your nearest thrift shop but take a look in your own cupboards first.
Find one pedestaled dish that can be turned upside down for the base and then find another dish for the platter part. I used clear caulking like Betz suggested (I got mine at Target) and it worked like a charm. Betz has a great step-by-step tutorial here so check it out and give it a try :)
Have you figured out which one is the real cake stand? It's the one in the middle!