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)
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?!