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The Lazy Susan That Almost Made Me Lose My Marbles

Do you get tired of passing the ketchup? Me too, which is why I’ve always wanted a Lazy Susan. Now I don’t know about you, but here in South Africa those things are as scarce as hen’s teeth. I couldn’t find one anywhere. Okay I lie, I found some that go inside cupboards but I almost had a heart attack when I saw the price. I just wanted a Lazy Susan to use on our patio table for goodness sake. On to plan B; I would make one 😉 All I need is the little mechanism that makes it turn and I’d be done, right??? Nope. They don’t sell them locally, I looked. For a while it seemed like I’d be passing the ketchup for the rest of my life. That all changed when I saw my daughter playing Solitaire.

How to make a Lazy Susan for under $10 that's won't make you lose your marbles

Come play

Light bulb moment, that’s the mechanism right there. Can you see it?

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It’s a cheap plastic version, but it was perfect. So if you want a Lazy Susan and you’re struggling to find the turny mechanism bit, here’s how we made ours for under R100. Shhh don’t tell anyone but that’s less than $10.

What You Need to Make a Budget Friendly Lazy Susan

  • 1 plastic solitaire game with marbles. We paid R9.99 for ours. That’s not even $1
  • A tray or anything that’s round
  • Hardboard and sand paper
  • A bolt and two nuts
  • What ever tool you have that can cut circles
  • Glue and Spray paint (optional if you want to color co-ordinate everything)

Measure the diameter of the solitaire game and add 10 cm (4″) and 14 cm (5.5″) to get the diameter of the two circles you’ll be cutting with your “what ever” tool. Cut the circles out of the hardboard. Take the smaller 10 cm circle and cut another circle inside it to make a ring. Use sand paper to smooth the edges if your “what ever” tool left them jagged and drill a hole in the center of the larger circle.

How to make a Lazy Susan for under $10 that's won't make you lose your marbles

Making the circles and the rings

Spray all the bits to match your decor if you want to. We used blackboard paint because that’s what we had and I really liked the idea of writing silly things on my Lazy Susan 😉

How to make a Lazy Susan for under $10 that's won't make you lose your marbles

Painting the bits

Time to Put the Lazy Susan Together

Glue the hardboard ring onto the larger circle and drill a hole in the center of the solitaire plastic game and the larger circle. Add a few of the marbles on the outside groove of the solitaire game. You really don’t need a lot, just make sure there’s gaps between the marbles.

How to make a Lazy Susan for under $10 that's won't make you lose your marbles

Putting it all together

Place the ring and circle on top of the solitaire game and insert the bolt through the holes.

How to make a Lazy Susan for under $10 that's won't make you lose your marbles

Losing my marbles

Test whether the whole contraption aka “mechanism” turns easily. Flip everything over and add two nuts to the bolt at the bottom and tighten little bits at a time. Flip everything over to make sure that it still turns nicely and loosen or tighten the nuts accordingly.

How to make a Lazy Susan for under $10 that's won't make you lose your marbles

Tightening the nuts

Once your happy, flip the mechanism over so the solitaire game bit is at the bottom and glue the tray to the top of the ringed circle.

A Quick Recap

Just in case anything sounds confusing here’s the layers again. 3 gets glued onto 2, then 2 & 3 get bolted onto 1 to form the “mechanism”. Finally 4 goes on top of 3.

How to make a Lazy Susan for under $10 that's won't make you lose your marbles

The layered bits

Please let me know if that makes sense. It really does feel like I’m losing my marbles trying to make sure.

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I wanted the top of the Lazy Susan to be inter-changeable so we used Velcro strips to attach the tray to the solitaire “mechanism”.

How to make a Lazy Susan for under $10 that's won't make you lose your marbles

Velcro Strips

Using Velcro strips makes it easier to store too. I can remove the tray at the top and hang it on the wall to use as a chalkboard and the “mechanism” fits in the cupboard. When I’m to lazy to pass the ketchup, all I need to do is take the tray down and attach it to the “mechanism”. Voila

How to make a Lazy Susan for under $10 that's won't make you lose your marbles

Wanna join me for a cheese and wine platter? We won’t have to pass anything, just swing that baby around 😉

How to make a Lazy Susan for under $10 that's won't make you lose your marbles

Fresh figs, cheese and wine

I’ve had so much fun making this Lazy Susan and she turns like a dream. We’ve been taking toys to see how fast we can spin them, which is why this post is a day late 😀 Once I figure out how to add a video I’ll post all the spinning toys here. Wanna  see them spin?

Having some fun with a Lazy Susan

If you’d like to make your own Lazy Susan pin me so you can come back and make your own.

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Now if only I knew who the hell Susan was, because her laziness is the cause of all of this nonsense 😉

Oh before I forget, if you’d like to make something similar or prefer to buy rather than DIY,  we’ve got you covered Disclosure: Clicking on the links below, means we may receive a commission from Amazon. But don’t worry it won’t come out of your pocket, and it helps us come up with more crafty ideas to share with you

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Do you use a Lazy Susan at home? What do you think of them?

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  • Posted: May 14, 2017 21:02

    Candy Rachelle

    Well just look at you being creative!!! That was truly a brilliant idea! Hope you and your family are enjoying it!
    • Posted: May 15, 2017 11:17


      Thank you so much Candy. We're really happy now that we've got ourselves a Lazy Susan, passing the ketchup has never been easier ;-)
  • Posted: May 13, 2017 13:14


    LOL I'm cracking up over your title! You're so creative - the finished product (your lazy Susan) looks great!
    • Posted: May 13, 2017 13:23


      :D Thanks so much Missy. I think my daughter was a bit sad when she lost her game, but we got her another one ;-)
  • Posted: May 13, 2017 12:39


    I need this in my life. I am not crafty what so ever. I enjoyed that you left the tips and step by step because if you didn't, I'd probably glue my hands together.
    • Posted: May 13, 2017 13:23


      LOL, that would be a tragedy Tiara. You're very talented
  • Posted: May 13, 2017 12:06


    Lol. I always wanted a lazy Susan when I used to bake. This would have been such a life saver.
    • Posted: May 13, 2017 13:24


      Thanks so much Bel, they are so useful
  • Posted: May 13, 2017 05:53


    This is such a brilliant idea! I already have one lazy Susa from IKEA and it costed me 9.99 USD (how lucky, because I'm the least diy person of the world :P )
    • Posted: May 13, 2017 11:07


      Thanks so much Nati. I wish we had IKEA here in South Africa. No matter how hard I looked I just couldn't find one that worked for our budget
  • Posted: May 13, 2017 03:19


    What a wonderful idea!! You know, I haven't seen a lazy susan in years! I wonder if it's just going out of style? I'll be sure to share this if someone is looking for one!
    • Posted: May 13, 2017 04:29


      I hope they're not going out of style, then I need to pass the ketchup again ;-)
  • Posted: May 12, 2017 20:21

    Yeu Doi

    That's so cool. You come up with great ideas! Wish I was as creative!
    • Posted: May 13, 2017 04:32


      Thank you Yeu ;-)
  • Posted: May 12, 2017 08:32

    Only By Land

    The lazy Susan is a great idea and with the black board on top it makes it fun!
    • Posted: May 12, 2017 10:35


      Thanks so much ;-)
  • Posted: May 10, 2017 21:00


    That's freaking genius!!! I super super love it! I'm a family of 6 and and grew up with a lazy susan. It's bring so much amazing memories at the dinner table with my family. Again, this is genius!
    • Posted: May 11, 2017 08:34


      Oh that's great Amer, thank you so much ;-)
  • Posted: May 10, 2017 15:14


    A great diy indeed. Lovely post. Keep sharing more.
    • Posted: May 10, 2017 15:27


      Thank you Kasturi
  • Posted: March 12, 2017 10:16


    Michelle, I love this! This is actually the first time I hear of the term "Lazy Susan", but the idea is fantastic! we definitely don't want to lose our marbles :) Thank you so much for sharing!
    • Posted: March 13, 2017 07:55


      LOL Maya, nope we don't want to lose our marbles ;-)
  • Posted: March 11, 2017 03:25


    What an amazing idea. And even better is you can hang it on the wall when it isn't in use.
    • Posted: March 12, 2017 05:08


      Thank you Debra. Someone mentioned that they can be quite difficult to store so we thought in would be a good idea to make the top detachable so it's a bit smaller and less clunky
  • Posted: March 11, 2017 00:51


    Michelle, this is awesome!! You seriously have the best ideas and projects! You crack me up; I definitely want to see those spinning toys, haha. :)
    • Posted: March 12, 2017 05:07


      LOL, Keri. Those poor toys, I have to make a plan to put one of the videos up :D
  • Posted: March 10, 2017 21:47

    jodie filogomo

    Golly gee, I would have never thought to make my own Lazy susan! The last one I bought I got at a thrift store. Of course, it's nowhere near as nice as yours! jodie www.jtouchofstyle.com
    • Posted: March 12, 2017 05:06


      Thank you so much Jodie, I can't understand why they're so scarce here. Hope you have a lovely week
  • Posted: March 10, 2017 10:21

    Christina Makri

    Wow!!! Great idea, so genious. I like the chalkboard paint also you can leave a message every day :)
    • Posted: March 10, 2017 10:32


      Thank you so much Christina, I really appreciate that
  • Posted: March 10, 2017 03:49

    Jas @All that's Jas

    Great idea and a clever name :) Is there anything you can't do?
    • Posted: March 10, 2017 07:34


      Ummmmmmm yes, I can't cook :D
  • Posted: March 9, 2017 03:50

    Angie ~ ambient wares

    Noooo waaaayyyyy! Have I said that before? I'm sure I have because you make the most awesome things using the most interesting things. Love this and so stinkin' clever, Michelle! Now, could you pass the ketchup, please? :D Pinning & sharing
    • Posted: March 9, 2017 06:46


      Bwaahahaha Angie, my ketchup passing days are finally over :D Thank you so much for the love
  • Posted: March 8, 2017 19:49


    This is ingenious. You are constantly providing me with inspiration Michelle. This turned out just beautiful. Its practical handy and would make a nice permanent centerpiece on a round kitchen table. LOVE IT.
    • Posted: March 9, 2017 06:48


      I'm so glad you like it Leanna and it would looks great as a centerpice
  • Posted: March 8, 2017 11:24

    Sarah - Craft Invaders

    Oh this is genius Michelle, AND I have one of those solitaire boards (bought on Ebay for a couple of pounds) You are so, so clever!
    • Posted: March 8, 2017 12:43


      Oh that's great Sarah, thanks so much. I love our new Lazy Susan
  • Posted: March 8, 2017 06:22


    I'd love a lazy susan, and I would have never gotten this light bulb moment, so thank you for having it! It's fantastic and you're so clever, I know I say this each time, but hey, you really make me go wow each time! Love the chalkboard top and writing silly things on Susan, lol!
    • Posted: March 8, 2017 08:45


      LOL Katrin, thank you so much, I'm so glad you like it. They're always so useful too.
  • Posted: March 8, 2017 02:53


    your so smart. genius level there.
    • Posted: March 8, 2017 08:47


      Thank you Kellie. They say there is no true genius without a touch of madness ;-)
  • Posted: March 7, 2017 21:39

    Mary-the boondocks blog

    Michelle you really have lost your marbles, but in a good way. What a genius solution to not finding that contraption you needed to make it swirl round. The idea of chalkboard paint is also fun!
    • Posted: March 8, 2017 08:49


      Oh that's so funny Mary, thank you. I'm so glad the swirling contraption worked out
  • Posted: March 7, 2017 21:29

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    Your brilliant Michelle! I never in my life would of thought of using a game to make a lazy susan. And what a lazy susan, It looks nothing like any other lazy susan that I've ever seen. Love it!!!
    • Posted: March 8, 2017 08:51


      Thank you so much Linda, now I just have to buy my daughter another one so she can still play

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