Playing Solitaire and Passing the Ketchup

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Are you tired of passing the ketchup? Me too, which is why I've always wanted a Lazy Susan. One simple spin and the ketchup would be right there in front of who ever needed it. Plus, I could use the Lazy Susan in the kitchen to up my storage game and make it easier to get to those hard to reach items at the back of the cupboard. Here's the problem though, they can be really difficult to find and they're soooo expensive  So we made our own using a classic game and a plastic tray and it didn't even cost $10.

If you want to make your own all you need is one of those cheap marble solitaire games, a round object to use as the top of the Lazy Susan, some hardboard and 2 nuts and a bolt. Cut a circle in the hardboard that's 5.5" (14 cm) wider than the diameter of the solitaire game. Cut a second circle that's 4" (10 cm) wider than the diameter of the game and then cut another circle inside that circle to form a ring. We painted everything with blackboard paint to fit our decor, and because I like writing silly messages on things

Glue the hardboard ring onto the larger circle and drill a hole in the center of both the larger circle and the solitaire plastic game. Add a few of the marbles on the outside groove of the solitaire game. Place the ring and circle on top of the solitaire game and insert the bolt through the holes and tighten with a nut. Here's a freaky picture of how the marbles sit between the circle and the game to form the turning mechanism for the Lazy Susan.

All that's left to do is add the tray or whatever round object on top of the turning mechanism.

I wanted our Lazy Susan to fill many purposes - ketchup passer; kitchen storage; black board sign etc. so we used velcro to attach the tray to top. That way I can change the top anytime I want to.

I couldn't be happier with how she turned out. I'll let you in on a little secret though. I have had more fun swinging this baby round and seeing how far I can spin toys off of her than actually using her as a Lazy Susan  She spins like a dream.

Do you use Lazy Susan's in your kitchen? I'd love to hear about it and if you want to see more detailed instructions pop on over to the blog. If I get my act together I might even figure out how to post a video of some toys spinning around

Suggested materials:

  • Solitaire Game
  • Plastic Tray

Michelle Leslie
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  • Nadine Hartman Bourne Nadine Hartman Bourne on Mar 28, 2017
    Cool idea on the velcro. I have an old microwave turntable and I bought the lazy suzan spinner at home depot for $5 I'm going to epoxy it to the bottom.

  • User User on Mar 29, 2017
    This is brilliant!
    I have been browsing around for Lazy susans where I live, but sturdy enough to carry an IKEA Expedid/Kallax 1x5 to make a spinning wardrobe for my daughter. Would this be sturdy enough for that?

  • Passportt Passportt on Sep 14, 2021

    You never said how you cut all these circles/ the ring etc. what saw did you use ? great idea but ? circles & rings ??


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