My sons 13th birthday is coming up and dessert tables are always hard to fill with tasty pastries and cakes because of his tree nut allergy. The one thing he has eaten consistently over the last few years at birthday parties are donuts. Dunkin Donuts does not use pecans or walnuts, (which he was tested as most severe out of all nuts) so we feel relatively safe pre-ordering certain donuts for him on special occasions. Or a lazy Sunday morning. Or sleepovers. Let’s just say we get donuts more than we probably should. (Note: this works for us, but we do not recommend any establishments for a person with allergies- please speak with your allergist before trying new foods). As his birthday dinner is coming up next month, it got me thinking about a big trend these days…donut walls. I looked on Etsy to see about buying and saw crazy prices…one at $2,000.00. For a donut wall. You’ve got to really love donuts to spend that kind of cash.
I enlisted the help of my husband, who actually was pretty jazzed about helping me make this. We went to Home Depot together (aka married peoples date day) and picked up the materials needed. We spent $32 in total, however, it could have been cheaper had I not wanted it framed, to make it a little more “fancy”. ‘Cause that’s how I roll. Without the materials needed to frame it, the cost would have only been $17. Listen hubs, I saved us $1,968.00.
It took about 6 hours in total..just a little work at a time. It wasn’t hard. And I say that mostly because my husband did all of it. I tried to step in but like I said…he was jazzed about this for some reason. And he did a fabulous job. He started this on July 3rd and although we made this with our sons birthday in mind, we decided it would be rude not to use it for America’s birthday too!
Isn’t that fab? Kudos to the hubs!! I ordered some donuts from Dunkin Donuts and sent my husband to get them while I got ready for our BBQ. He decided to stop at the grocery store after picking up the donuts, so they sat in a hot car for about 20 minutes and melted a tad. Just when I was giving him kudos. Oh well, 1 outta 2 ain’t bad.
Want to try your hand (or your husbands) at this?
Here is what you need:
- 1 Sanded Indoor Plywood piece. 4′ x 2′
- 2- 1/2″ x 4′ Round Wood Dowel
- 2- 1″ x 3″ x 8′ Spruce/Pine/Fir common Board
- 14- 1 1/2″x 18- Gauge Brad nails (for use in Nail Gun or similar size finishing nail and regular hammer)
- 1 sheet, 150 grit sandpaper
- 4′ level or really good eyes
- Wood Glue
- Paper Towels
You can leave this unfinished, paint it or stain it, as we did. We recently stained our butcher block counter and had extra stain. Since it’s food-safe, I thought it would be perfect. (I bought it here: https://amzn.to/2LDqeIg ) However, if you have something else laying around, use that…you can always put cupcake liners over the pegs and place the donuts up against them! Easy-peasy and would look cute with a little background color. I may do that for my sons birthday!
- Chop Saw or Hand Saw
- 1/2″ Drill bit
- 1/8″ Drill bit
- 18 Gauge nail gun or a hammer
If you don’t have the tools, not a problem. Ask a Home Depot associate to cut the sanded plywood to 24″ x 34 3/4″. If you don’t ask them to cut, you will need to trim the board at home. There is no expense if a Home Depot associate cuts for you. No hand saw? Cut the 1″ x 3″ boards and wooden dowels in the finishing trim aisle at Home Depot yourself.
- Using the sandpaper, sand the finished side of the plywood.
- Mark the peg pattern so all outside pegs are 3 3/4″ from the edge, and the inside pegs are spaced 5 1/2″ apart.
- When pattern is marked, drill a pilot hole using a 1/8″ drill bit.
- Next, using a 1/2″ drill bit, go back to each hole and drill through.
- Cut the wooden dowels to 2″ each and sand the tip of the exposed end.
- Place a small amount of glue to the edge of the dowel and stick into the 1/2″ holes. Let sit for an hour so glue will bond. (Any drips, wipe with a paper towel)
- Cut the outside 1×3′ boards as follows: 2 boards at 34 3/4″ and 2 boards at 25 1/2″.
- Apply a small amount of glue along the edge of plywood and place the boards onto glue. Along the width of the board, nail into framing to secure. (Bottom pic)b.
- If adding stain or paint, do now and let the wall dry the recommended amount of time.
- Order donuts and get excited. You’re ready!
So there you have it. Your own personal donut wall. See kids?! Dreams do come true.
Now guess what time it is??
Let me know if you try this out! Would love to see how you use this in your party space.
Have a sweet weekend!!