3 ways to hack your IKEA cake server #Food DIY#cake#medieval#tutorial#viking November 17 2011 | Guest post by Jessica Charlton When planning my own wedding, there were some things I knew that I 100% wanted. I wanted to include a special song in the ceremony, I wanted to dance a LOT, and I wanted to cut into a specific flavor of cake. What I was holding when I cut that cake was of little importance to me — I just wanted it to be simple and cheap… and nobody does "simple and cheap" better than the Swedes. I picked up this set of plain, white, plastic cake servers at IKEA for $5.99 and left it at that. I cut my cake with these bad jacksons and all was well. But almost everything is a blank canvas to a crafter, especially when it's priced affordably, so I've put together three customized serving sets fit for an offbeat celebration. These were all achieved in one evening using materials found at a major craft store. Vintage Button Server Set Love the simplicity of the white set but hate the IKEA logo? Hot glue some 1/4"-3/4" buttons over it. Mine are fun, mismatched vintage buttons (a la Princess Lasertron) which were part of my grandmother's giant collection. If you don't have your own crazy grandmother's vintage button hoard on-hand, find some cool items at your local craft or fabric store. Banded Raffia Server Set Wind heavy-duty, red-backed scrapbooking tape around the server handles, making it look like a candy cane. Related Post How to make a lightsaber cake knife for your Star Wars wedding Luke, of Muppet wedding fame, did all of us (plus the entire internets?) a favor by giving us a tutorial on how he made his... Read more Start wrapping raffia by sticking one tail directly onto the back of the server, making contact with tape. Then wrap slowly and tightly, lining strands up consecutively instead of overlapping, so as to make as much contact with the tape as possible. Unwrap red backing from the tape as you wrap the raffia to cut down on mess and knots, and to preserve the tack. When you get to a point where you want to switch colors to achieve the banded effect, end one color and begin the new one in the same fashion as you started the whole thing. To finish, simply tape the end to the back of the serving piece. Medieval Serving Set Full disclosure: I'm obsessed with the George R.R. Martin's "Song Of Ice and Fire" series of books (aka Game of Thrones). Since the first two serving sets are customizable and simplistic, I thought I'd go whole hog and pay homage to the Starks of Winterfell with a little fur and leather. All you fantasy-lovers, renaissance faire-goers, and Vikings at heart can make these servers with hot glue, suede cord, and faux fur. Don't give up if you don't find the perfect faux fur at your local fabric store — I had to skin an innocent stuffed rabbit to get the fur I wanted. Cut rectangles of fur to fit each serving piece, and quickly apply hot glue to the back of the faux fur following the application pattern on the picture above. Then immediately wrap around the server's handle. Allow at least three minutes to dry, then tightly wrap the suede cord around the fur and finish by tying a single, tight knot. What else would you creative Offbeat Bride folks do with these blank slates? Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Jessica Charlton By day Jessica researches music to help US television stations pay their music bills. By night she's a craft artist and musician. Her nerdery also extends to comedy and podcasts and she had the honor of teaching crafts two years in a row at maximumfun.org's MaxFunCon. Her partner, Frank, tests software for a wireless hi-fi system, and is a freelance music producer and engineer. They own a beautiful cat named Mini who doesn't know she's not invited to the wedding. DRA-MA. http://offbeatbride.ning.com/profile/ieatglitter PREVIOUS Scott Pilgrim-inspired wedding invitations KICK ASS! NEXT Newspaper nails for literary hands Show/Hide comments [ 9 ] This is all sorts of awesome! Thanks for the great idea!!!!!!! 1 agrees Reply fun! I saw these too, and in the same way = blank slate. just a word of caution though, melamine is breakable, so handle them as you would china servers. 1 agrees Reply Yay Stark servers! Now you just need some badass knives to wrap in the same way to eat your venison with 😀 2 agree Reply Or if you prefer silver plain kinds you can also use them and add other stuff like your favorite colors of ribbons,silk flowers,and you can even paint a picture or name on it but spray a clear coat of paint however careful not to get any paint on the knife set area. They are pretty much endless ideas when you use plain handles on any set really. Hope this helps anyone. Reply This is pretty bad ass! Cheap and customizable! I love it Reply Thank you SO much for this post! I just found our cake servers! These will be so easy to customize. I was about to buy them from the site immediately, but it's in-store only. 🙁 I'll have to plan a trip to our nearest Ikea, it's about an hour away. Reply "I had to skin an innocent stuffed rabbit to get the fur I wanted." AWESOME. =) 1 agrees Reply IKEA here I come- those would look wonderful with the fabric flowers I have been working on on the handle! 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