Monday, May 1, 2017

how to make a DIY taco holder

to entertain for the super bowl a couple of months ago, we decided to go with a mexican theme for dinner. we made queso, guacamole, beef tacos, portobello tacos, and sopapilla cheesecake. since I started planning early, I had enough time to ponder how best to serve a large amount of tacos. taco stations are fun - but I have to tell you that, at least in my family, sometimes people who serve themselves first [ahem, the men] load up on all the main fillings and there's none left for the rest of us. this time, I wanted to pre-fill the tacos with the beef and portobellos and allow guests to top with their selected fixin's. enter the diy taco holder stand...




what you'll need:
planks for the base (I got one 1x8 and had it cut into three 24-inch sections)
wood glue
dowels for the dividers (12 for each base if you do a 24 inch base)
wood legs, your choice (I found a craft store to have a better selection than home depot)
paint of your color choice


one thing about DIYs is that I almost always figure out a better way to do something that I can share with you guys, of course, it's usually while I'm in the middle of the project. on this project, I realized that every piece should be painted individually first. 

I stuck the legs on the planks first and then started painting, which made it slightly more challenging. make sure to sand your wood pieces first if necessary.


start by painting all pieces, including the dowels. it's helpful to use plastic gloves on this step, especially for the dowels. let the paint dry and use the wood glue to affix the legs on the bottom of the base.


measure out every two inches and make a mark (you can do this before or after you paint) on top of the plank for your dividers. I recommend squirting some glue out so that you can dip the end of your dowels directly into the puddle of glue. affix your dowels and let the dry. the wood glue dries totally clear, so don't worry if you see visible glue.


if you read often, you may know that we had a leak in our ceiling a few weeks ago. the ONE upside of having that leak was that our kitchen island was draped with plastic for weeks. yay for absolutely no painting setup for me, I just painted and assembled in the kitchen on top of the plastic drape. there's always a silver lining, right!


now, who else is ready for cinco de mayo?!

16 comments:

  1. Okay, this is pretty brilliant! We often do taco night when we have people over, just because it's so easy and everyone can make them how they'd like. This is such a great way to serve them!!

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    1. it really was easy to do too, I am not that crafty with wood products ;)

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  2. This is so awesome, and perfect for any sort of party involving one of my favorite meals, tacos! It also sounds super easy to make, like even I could make it!

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    1. you can definitely do it! any texas household needs one or five!

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  3. This is so awesome and creative--especially pre-filling the taco shells, because I've run into the same problem! lol!

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    1. our boys do tend to take more than their fair share, but then again, I can't blame them :) I usually just cut the line in front of them.

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  4. This is SUCH a great idea! Perfect for taco Tuesday!

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

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    1. yes! these would also be adorable painted teal, just saying :)

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  5. AWESOME idea!! This is great and will get a lot of use!

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  6. This is so cute and creative! Thanks for sharing!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

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  7. This is so creative! My BIL loves to build all kinds of handy, "quick" stuff like this for parties and such, so he would love this!

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    1. I'm terrible with wood so he could probably really do an amazing job with these!

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  8. What perfect timing for this post! Being that Cinco de Mayo is coming up! Taco parttyyy!

    Kim
    Simply Lovebirds

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    1. taco parties on the reg for sure! so easy too :)

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