Decor Display Riser DIY

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1 Hour

Hello Fall! It's almost fall, thus Labor Day marks back to school and fall activities are soon to follow. I have taken the DIY Challenge again this month and the new challenge is making something from scrap wood. I was so excited about all the possibilities I could create with my scrap wood pile. Then it hits me what I wanted to make. When I style vignettes I am always trying to find something to sit items on to add height so why not make a riser for my decorating? . Also, I wanted to try to make a frosted mirror after seeing how amazing my friend Rebecca's from Zucchini Sisters frosted mirror turned out.

Finished display risers and frosted mirror

DIY Display Stands

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After selecting my wood I gathered my supplies.Supplies and tools

  • Circular saw
  • Framing square
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Hearing and eye protection
  • 2" x 12" lumbar
  • Table saw
  • Glue
  • Screws 2.5"
  • Drill, drill bits and counter sink
  • Sander and sand paper 150
  • Clamps
  • Spray chalk paints


Lumbar and cutting tools

We made 2 sizes of wood risers so that they could stack the smaller one on the large one.Cuts

Small riser top 6" x 6"

Large riser top 11" x 11"

Legs 1.5" x 1.5" x 1.5

Using the measuring tape and square mark your cut lines with a pencil.

I used the circular saw to cut the riser tops.

Then I used the table saw to cut the legs.

Lumbar cuts ready for sanding and building

Using the table saw to cut the scrap board to 1.5" to make the legs. Everything is cut and ready to be sanded!

Sanding all sides

Using a hand sander I sanded all sides.

Next Step:


The legs can be glued on or screwed in place. I decided to try both and see which I liked better.

Gluing on the legs
Applying glue and then clapping to allow the glue to dry
Legs clamped while drying

I moved it to the sun to help it dry faster while I screwed the legs on the other risers I made.

Counter sinking the scew holes

First I drilled counter sink holes so that the bottoms would not have a screw head that could scratch surfaces. Next, I aligned the legs to the corners of the riser top. I drilled a pilot hole through the counter sunk hole in the leg into top about a 1/2".

Using the counter sunk hole to pre-drill

Drilling through the leg to the riser top. Read more about this on my blog.

Risers ready for paint

Risers are ready for painting. I used spray chalk paint and started painting the bottom first and when the paint dried I turned them and then I painted the tops. After they where dry I used an electric palm sander and sanded away some paint on the edges to give a rustic farmhouse look.

Finished risers and frosted mirror

Finished risers are ready for the decorating.

Easy sew pumpkins one risers

These cute easy sew pumpkins were made from Goodwill shirts and are from another how to post you can see here. They look perfect on my new DIY wood stand risers. If you enjoyed this post you will love my Fall Inspiration Newsletter so please join here.

Thank you for visiting I hope you have a wonderful day!

Happy Fall,


Resources for this project:

12" x 2" lumber (scrap lumbar)
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  • Lauren Nicole Lauren Nicole on Sep 10, 2019

    I need to cover a glass pair of doors. It was a dining room that my son is using as his bedroom. He has absolutely no privacy because of the glass French doors. Of course they are a strange size so without spending $400 to have something professionally installed I would like to try and cover them myself. It doesn’t have to be total black outs but some sort of privacy. I could send a picture? Thanks for the help🌸


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