Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and I happen to love my Mother-in-law! I am a lucky one, I know that. So I wanted to make her something extra cute and extra functional for her home this spring. So this DIY Lazy Susan will be the perfect gift for her.
I love this gift idea because you can place it on any kitchen table, kitchen countertop, or even out on a lanai. No matter where someone puts it, it will be adorable.
Follow along as I teach you how to make your own to keep for yourself or give as a gift. You will love the pops of yellow and the happy little sunflowers I am sure of it.
Make Your Own DIY Personalized Sunflower Lazy Susan
I love my Cricut Machine. Well, I love all of them. I might be slightly obsessed. But this DIY craft was so easy to complete because of my Cricut. All I had to do was select the perfect patterned Heat Transfer Vinyl paper. Sunflowers please! Then determine the right font. Pick out some accenting sunflower rub-on transfers, and then the rest was easy peasy. I love how this craft can be personalized in so many ways. You decide the pattern, the rub-on transfers, the font, and the colors – all of it. Just follow these simple steps for the rest. Just be sure to let your creative juices flow! And if you don’t have a Cricut, no problem. I have a great substitute to complete this craft WITHOUT one. So, no more excuses or being lazy. Let’s get started on your new Lazy Susan.
- 17” round (thicker version @ Home Depot)
- Waverly Paint: Plaster
- 100 Grit Sanding Block
- Essential Stencils: Sunflower Rub-On Transfer
- Sunflower Heat Transfer Vinyl (Expressions Vinyl)
- Heat Press
- Lazy Susan Hardware Kit
- 100 Grit Sanding Block
- Puppy Pads
Lazy SUSAN Step BY STEP TUTORIAL:
1 – Get your 17” wood round and completely cover it with a coat of paint. I like to use Waverly Paint, color Plaster best because it works great on raw wood. Tip* Be sure to get the thicker version of your 17” round so it is nice and sturdy. You can choose whatever paint color you prefer as well.
2 – With a 100 fine-grit sanding block, lightly rub over your wood. It helps to smooth it out so there are no paint clumps.
3 – Wipe your wood clean of any debris.
4 – Using your Cricut machine, cut out your desired letter for your Monogrammed board on your Sunflower Heat Transfer Vinyl. Have fun with the font and style. Make sure your font is thick/bold so the patterned paper will easily be seen. B is perfect for my mother-in-law and me, but what will you choose? Tip* If you don’t have a Cricut, skip down to the very bottom of this post for some ideas to help you STILL make this Sunflower Lazy Susan in an alternate way!
5 – Set your Heat Press to 340 degrees while you are weeding out your large letter from your HTV paper. Tip* Check out Cricut.com to determine the exact temperature and time for whatever product you are using for your crafts. Excellent resource y’all.
6 – Once you have weeded out your letter, throw excess HTV paper away.
7 – Measure out on your board to find the center, or eyeball it like me, to determine where to add your monogram.
8 – Apply your heat-press, set at 340 degrees, for 30 seconds. The letter is large so you will need to move your heat-press around in sections to make sure your entire letter is covered. Tip* Be careful not to leave it on too long, so as not to burn it. Carefully remove the backing, being sure that all the parts completely adhere to your wood.
9 – Next to add some fancy, grab your Essential Stencils Sunflower Set of rub-on transfers. Cut out the desired amount of pieces you want to use for your board.
10 – Play with the placement of your sunflower clusters to determine where you like the best. Once happy, carefully remove the solid white backing, one piece at a time. Place the translucent side on your board and apply it directly to the wood. Then rub it on with your plastic flat edge application tool. Tip* Slowly remove the translucent sheet to ensure the image is completely transferred. Repeat for as many sunflowers as you wish to add.
11- You can add them cascading on the edges of your wood as well, repeating the same process. Just be sure to make it completely adhere. Add as many as you like.
12 – With your Lazy Susan Hardware Kit, place it in the center of your wood board on your painted, completed wood round. Use a pencil to mark where to place your pilot holes for your screws. Be sure your screws are not thicker than your wood round. Attach hardware.
13-Make sure and seal your piece I decided to use mod podge this time but I have used a waterbased polyurethane too
There you have it! A Lazy Susan, or Lazy Suzy as I like to call it. I love that this gift is purposeful and functional. But, it is also beautiful, with the right amount of design. I LOOOOVE how it turned out so much. I sure hope my Mother-in-law likes this, but if she doesn’t, I will still love her. And I will also love the fact that I can keep it for myself. Ha! Yay for both having a B as our last name! Happy Mother’s Day to you all, and Happy crafting!
How to make WITHOUT A CRICUT:
No Cricut. No Problem. There are always so many options to craft, so don’t be discouraged if you might not have the same supplies as another crafter. Just be creative and have fun!
1 – Print a large letter on a word document on copy paper. You could even free-hand it.
2 – Then grab some Arteza Graphite/Carbon Paper. Place the shiny side down directly on your wooden board in the center.
3 – Apply your monogram on computer paper and trace it out. Carefully remove and you will see your design.
4 – Use a Posca Pen to outline, and then fill in with your desired color of paint for your adorable, new monogram board. Tip* You could even find a large Letter Stencil instead
what IS A lazy susan used for?
A lazy susan is a turntable that is used to make it easier to get food out of jars, bottles, and cans. They come in all different sizes. You can find them on stovetops, refrigerators, and tabletops mostly.