Make Your Own Wooden Live Edge Riser For Less Than $20

Deer Run Revamps
by Deer Run Revamps
6 Materials
1 Hour

Let's talk risers for a second....

They are expensive! But so cute! You can decorate them in so many different ways, use them for on the dinner table for unique food displays (don't place the food directly on it unless treated for food use), even to raise up your computer monitor a few inches.

This one pictured below sells for $109. It's the same size as the one I'll be making. Granted, it's a walnut slab, whereas mine is just basswood. But, with the price difference, I just can't justify it 🤷🏻‍♀️

Price listed is for the amount of product used, not the initial cost.

Time posted does not include dry time, it is work time only

My riser
$109 riser marketed as a computer stand

The one that I made is pretty close and only cost a fraction to make! Here's how I did it.......

Gather your supplies....

I bought everything from hobby lobby...

Basswood love edge slab 16"x12.5"

Wooden candle cups

Honey colored wood stain

Off white paint

Chip brush

You'll also need...

Super glue

Paper towels, rags, or sponge brushes (whatever you prefer to apply stain with)

Gloves to protect your hands

Candle cups package

First, stain the wooden slab. I used paper towels, but use whatever you prefer for application.

Apply the stain in one direction going with the wood grain.

Take a paper towel and wipe off excess stain

Also stain the wooden cups, wiping away any excess stain.

Allow everything to dry overnight

Now that the stain is dry, we can glue on the cups.

Apply a ring of super glue around the rim of the cup

Then flip it over and press it onto the corner of the underside of the wood slab.

Continue this process until all 4 cups are in each corner. Allow to dry for 10 minutes and then flip over and allow to dry for another hour

Now, dry brush the wood slab.

Dip the chip brush into an ivory colored paint. You don't want much paint on the brush, so only dip the tip

Then wipe majority of the paint off onto a paper towel

Now, brush it onto the slab, first dousing on the edge, then dragging the brush to the other side. Continue this process until you're satisfied with the look


If you apply too much paint in an area, take a wet rag and immediately wipe it away. Paint takes time to dry completely so there's usually a little bit of work time where you can remove it if necessary

Allow to dry for 30 minutes, decorate, and enjoy 🥰

The candle cups can be used either way for a different look (rim side down)

I love the way the dry brushing has highlighted the rough bark

There's so many different ways to decorate these risers

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