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.
Light bulb moment, that’s the mechanism right there. Can you see it?
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.
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 😉
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.
Place the ring and circle on top of the solitaire game and insert the bolt through the holes.
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.
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.
Please let me know if that makes sense. It really does feel like I’m losing my marbles trying to make sure.
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”.
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
Wanna join me for a cheese and wine platter? We won’t have to pass anything, just swing that baby around 😉
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?
If you’d like to make your own Lazy Susan pin me so you can come back and make your own.
Now if only I knew who the hell Susan was, because her laziness is the cause of all of this nonsense 😉
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Do you use a Lazy Susan at home? What do you think of them?