photos by Jared Smith
I’m not even kidding when I tell you that I bought this cake carrier literally over a year ago with every intention of giving it a DIY facelift, but I could never quite decide what to do to it until last week. I’m actually super impressed with myself that I could even still find all of the pieces after a studio move and another year’s worth of hoarding other projects, but alas, it has survived and is now a much cuter DIY retro cake carrier then before!
It wasn’t a bad before, but it just wasn’t quite “me”, ya know? So I did some mixing up of the colors and font, and I happen to have discovered a food safe shellac that has COMPLETELY changed my spray painting world forever (I can now spray paint all of the kitchen things)! The best part is you still have plenty of time to whip up one of these cute little carriers before your holiday parties this year, because if you’re anything like me, the delivery has to be as cute as the sweets themselves (#OCD)!…
- This cake carrier
- Your choices of enamel gloss spray paint (I used Montana Gold mint, shrimp pastel, and cream)
- BIN Shellac Primer (a life changer!)
- Extra Fine Sandpaper
- Food Safe Clear Shellac Sealant
- Matte pink adhesive vinyl (optional for the letters and starburst)
- Retro Cake sticker download (or you can use stencils and paint or a retro sticker instead!)
First, you’re going to unscrew the handles from the carrier, and disassemble everything so you can use the extra fine sandpaper to sand down all of the pieces except the silver latching mechanism (that we’re going to leave alone!). Once everything is sanded, you should no longer be able to see any of the previous graphics.
Dust everything off so that you have a clean surface to spray your BIN shellac primer on. The cool thing about shellac primer is that it self levels and fills out a lot of the roughness of surfaces, so you should have a nice clean slate once this is dry!
Next, spray each piece of your cake carrier the colors of your choice, using three very thin coats of spray paint, and let it dry 24 hours.
Now you’ll use the final coat of clear food safe shellac to spray all of the pieces again so that there are no toxic paint surfaces exposed to any of your sweets! The shellac also cures really quickly, so you shouldn’t have a lot of down time here!
For the sticker portion, I used my Cricut machine to cut the graphic out of adhesive pink vinyl, but you can always download the artwork to cut out and use as a stencil, or print on a solid sticker, as well! It’s definitely not work buying an entire cutting machine for, if you don’t already have one!
I sprayed one last coat of shellac over top of the sticker once I had it in place so that it wouldn’t easily peel off, and would be wipeable whenever it needed cleaned after use.
*Your cake carrier will need hand-washing only when needed!
So this project may make be a bit obsessive over styling, but we already took it to a friend’s birthday gathering and got a lot of compliments on it! It’s definitely worth the trouble for as much use as it gets with all of the desserts we make around here! Plus, it’s a pet peeve of mine to not have a cute container when you’re headed to parties, don’t judge me!