Whether you want the dinner table to look extra special for the holidays, or you just want to make a great impression on your mother-in-law, you’ll be able to accomplish your goals by purchasing a simple piece of Styrofoam. Found at most any craft store, the Styrofoam will make it ultra-easy to create fancy and fabulous food pedestals that will catch the eye of your visitors. You need absolutely no crafting skills to create the pedestals and you can decorate them in literally hundreds of ways.
If you purchase a slab of Styrofoam at a craft store you’ll see they have several different types. You’ll need a piece that is long, wide but only about an inch or so deep. This one slab of Styrofoam will help you make one – or several – of the pedestals. If the Styrofoam is gigantic you can easily make more than one. All you’ll need to cut the shapes for the pedestals is a ruler and a marker.
You can decide how you want the pedestal to look. The easiest way to build it is to simply cut various rectangular shapes. Decide how large you want the base to be. If you will be placing dessert trays on pedestals they might need to be much larger than the pedestals which will hold a candle, for instance. After deciding on how large you want the base to be cut additional slabs which get smaller in size. So, cut the first piece to the size you want, cut the next piece an inch smaller – all the way around – then cut another piece an inch smaller than the previous one. Continue cutting piece after piece, an inch smaller all the way around each time, until you have the pedestal as tall as you wish. Make slice marks in an old candle, with a serrated knife, then use the knife to cut the Styrofoam. The wax-coated knife will help you make accurate cuts.
The pedestal you create can have two tiers, three tiers or more. Simply stack the cut Styrofoam pieces until the pedestal is the size you choose. The finished look is that of steps, going up each of the four sides of the pedestal, and to the top. Create a different effect by cutting all the widths of the Styrofoam the same, then varying the lengths by one inch each. This gives a look of “steps” on each end but not in the front or back. The slabs can be glued together, so that the pedestal is permanent, or you can stack the slabs and disassemble them later. Embellish the slabs or finished pedestals in many different ways to suit various holidays and special occasions.
There are lots of things you can do to make each pedestal look different. Cut some in rectangular shapes, some in squares – even make round pedestal stacks. Paint them, spray them with glitter glue, or attach little trinkets to the fronts. There are no limits to the various designs you can make. Paint orange and black slabs for Halloween then glue on tiny bugs or worms. Paint the slabs red or green to create a Christmas theme. Or, just use the white Styrofoam as-is. Paint the layers of the stacks all the same color or alternate two or more colors. Make something even more elegant by gluing on tiny mirrors or fake jewels. The possible designs are endless!
The Styrofoam pedestals don’t necessarily have to be for a table. They can be made to hold all sorts of other things. Build them to place on mantles and set a figurine on top. Or, make the “steps” much wider and create a pedestal that holds spices on each step. The pedestals can be made for bedroom dresser tops, kitchen counters, bathroom shelves or other areas. You can even make a desk set by building the pedestal, pushing holes into the Styrofoam, then using the various holes to hold pens, rulers, paintbrushes, markers and more.
If you’ll be setting heavy items on the Styrofoam, like trays of food, it’s best to leave the pedestal flat. If the pedestal, though, will hold something lightweight you can add legs to the bottom. Legs can be made of stacked flat beads, empty thread spools or even painted medicine bottle lids. Another option is to simply cut four small blocks of Styrofoam and glue them in place on the bottom.
You don’t necessarily have to run out and purchase Styrofoam. Many products are packed in slabs or forms of Styrofoam. These can be cut and made into the pedestals as well. No matter where you get your Styrofoam you should know that it will melt if you place hot items on it. Add a thick piece of felt to the very top of the pedestal, if you’re serving warm items, or place a hot item on a plate before positioning it on the pedestal. You’ll love this easy project which will make any holiday table look very impressive indeed!