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New uses for an old cake stand

By on November 16, 2012
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Cake stands are pedestals you can use to display more than just cake. Set one on your dining room table or on the counter and use it for condiments, spices, salt-and-pepper shakers or syrups and dressings. Stack them to serve appetizers or cookies. They can hold a pretty arrangement of plants, such as African violets or some can be used as a terrarium. Or use one on your dresser to hold perfume bottles.
The first reader tip shares another useful way to reuse a cake stand:

Cake stand use:

I found a cake stand at the flea market and I was using it to display candles, but decided I like using it in the kitchen on the counter next to the sink. I don’t like the counter cluttered, so I use the cake stand to keep dish soap, sponges and hand sanitizer off of the counter but still within reach. — Diane, Illinois

Easy-pour salad dressing:

Over the years, I have come to depend on those little disks in the top of salad dressing bottles. If I don’t check a new bottle, I sometimes dump on way more then I should! You can pop the disks out with a keen knife and wash them in the dishwasher, then insert them into bottles that don’t come with them. There seem to be only two sizes, and they’re small enough to keep several of each on hand. — Paul M., Washington

Easy-clean George Foreman grill:

I use my six-burger-sized George Foreman grill at least twice a week. I normally would put a few wet paper towels in it after use and close it until I was ready to do the after-dinner dishes, at which point a soapy bristle brush would get it clean in a few minutes. I still hated cleaning it, though, because inevitably little greasy soap droplets would be splattered all over my work area during the process, creating another mess to clean up. Not anymore! I just cover the grill in aluminum foil before using it. — Constance, Colorado

Borax crystal snowflake:

Grow a snowflake in a jar!
You will need:
string
wide-mouth pint jar
white pipe cleaners
blue food coloring (optional)
boiling water
borax (available at grocery stores in the laundry soap section)
pencil
Cut a white pipe cleaner into three equal sections. Twist the sections together in the center to create a six-sided star shape. Pipe cleaners and string form a snowflake base for the crystals to grow on. Attach string to the outer edges to form a snowflake pattern. Attach a piece of string to the top of one of the pipe cleaners and tie the other end to a pencil (this is to hang it from). Fill a wide-mouth jar with boiling water. Mix borax into the water one tablespoon at a time, using 3 tablespoons of borax per cup of water. Stir until dissolved (don’t worry if there is powder settling on the bottom of the jar). If you want, you can add a little blue food coloring now to give the snowflake a bluish hue. Insert your pipe cleaner snowflake into the jar so that the pencil is resting on the lip of the jar and the snowflake is freely suspended in the borax solution. Wait overnight and by morning the snowflake will be covered with shiny crystals. Hang in a window as a sun-catcher, or use as a winter decoration. — Caroline, Nevada

Pumpkin pie in a jar:

Create pumpkin pie in a jar using a can of pumpkin puree, brown sugar, crushed cinnamon graham crackers, vanilla ice cream or pudding and whipped topping. Combine the pumpkin puree and brown sugar (1/4 cup or to desired taste). Layer a couple of tablespoons of each ingredient in mason jars and serve. — Linda, Ohio

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