DIY`Lazy Susan Turntable and Fall Centerpiece

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DIY Lazy Susan

Finding an accurate title for this post was a challenge. I made this large DIY lazy susan to use as a fall centerpiece for our always in use kitchen table.    It would be such a joy to have a separate dining room to decorate for special occasions but the reality is our home does not have one. Converting a small garage sale lazy susan into a  large centerpiece that can be moved seems like a perfect solution.

This turntable is designed for fall decor but you could certainly use it any time of the year.

Neutral fall centerpiece on DIY lazy susan

If you want to have a centerpiece that turns you will need to find an inexpensive lazy susan to attach it too.  Mine was a $5 garage sale find, but I often see them at thrift stores as well.  Alternatively, you could cut a simple circle out of plywood as a base first, but then your centerpiece would become a tray instead.

To make this turntable you will need:

Inexpensive turntable

1″ thick lumber ours is pallet wood

Wood glue and clamps



60, 120, 150  grit sandpaper

Wood filler (optional)

Stencil,  stenciling sponge

Grey and white paint


Building the Large Wood Circle Top

Decide how large you want your turntable top to be.   This one is 24 inches across as I wanted room for place settings on the table, and when home Hubs prefers to sit at the table with his laptop.

Gather scraps of wood they don’t have to be the same width, as long as they are the same thickness, and at least 24″ long.  Use wood glue to adhere them together and clamp.  Let it dry overnight.

To draw a circle tie a bit of string around the lead end of a pencil.  Measure out 12 inches and place the other end in the center of your wood.  Pull tight and draw a circle.

Use a jigsaw to cut out the circle.

Sand the wood smooth.   Our pallet wood was very rough, I sanded with 60, 120, and 150 grit sandpaper to get the low-grade pallet wood as smooth as possible.

Attaching the Wood Top

Place your wood circle good size down.  Place the old smaller turntable on top.  Try and center the old turntable as closely as you can.

Marking the placement of a turntable on a large homemade lazy susan

With a measuring tape measure the distance between the turntable to the edge of the larger wood top.  Adjust the placement of the smaller turntable so that the measurement is the same all the way around.  Once the center is found draw around the edge with a pencil and remove the small turntable.

Apply glue to the small turntable and return it to the new wood circle, line it up with the pencil marks.

Attaching pieces of a large lazy susan together with wood glue.

Apply weight and let dry at least a couple of hours.

Attaching a DIY top to an existing lazy susan using glue.

Once dry place 3/4 inch screws through the bottom of the original turntable.  Make sure that the screws are short enough that they do not poke through the top of the lazy susan.

A thrift store turntable and scrap wood upcycled into a fall centerpiece.


Painting the DIY Lazy Susan

Originally I had planned on putting a clear stain on the turntable and leaving it more rustic.  Hubs lined up all the nail holes so they were symmetrical but after I started staining it, I felt they were too noticeable.  A change in plans was required, although, with nicer quality wood, it would look great with a clear stain and the stencil.

Instead, I filled the holes with wood filler let it dry and sanded it smooth, I let the cracks show because frankly, anything made with pallets can only turn out so smoothly, and no amount of sanding will make this lazy susan anything but rustic.

Applying wood filler to pallet wood for large lazy susan

Apply two coats of grey paint to all surfaces,  Let dry between coats and sand lightly with 150 grit paper between each coat.

Adding the Stencil

Finding the center of the mandala stencil and lining it up was much easier than I anticipated because the stencil was marked really well.  Line up the centers of the stencil and the turntable top.

Using painters tape lightly attach the stencil.  Make sure that your stencil is centered correctly by measure the outside distance of your stencil pattern with the edge of the turntable.

Adjust if needed, once you’re sure it is centered apply more tape to hold it securely.

How to stencil a large lazy susan

Pour a little bit of paint (2 tbsp)  into a small container.  To apply the paint to the stencil you need to use very little paint at a time.  Dab the stenciling sponge into the paint and then remove most of it by dabbing the sponge onto a rag or paper towel, before you apply it to your stencil..

Make sure the portion of the stencil you are working on is laying flat against the wood surface,  press down with your hand if necessary and dab the paint onto the stencil in a circular motion.   It’s best to start in the middle and work your way around and outwards.    It didn’t take very long to apply the paint to the stencil.   I was very thorough and patient, and it still took only 20 minutes to finish.  Let dry.

A stenciled mandala on a DIY lazy susan made from pallet wood

Apply polyurethane to protect your stencil.  For small projects, I like to use spray on poly.  I applied two coats letting it dry well in between.

Fall centerpiece on a kitchen table.

This turntable is so handy for creating a movable centerpiece.  I purposely chose containers that weren’t large or too high.  Altogether the centerpiece weighs under ten pounds and I can easily lift it out of the way.

Once I had the DIY pallet turnable finished, I was able to create a simple Fall centerpiece for it.  Its so easy to move around on the pallet base.  I love having a larger dramatic centerpiece of my table that easy to move out of the way.

A large upcycled wooden lazy susan using a scrap wood pallets.

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  1. This turned out so beautifully! I love the grey color with that gorgeous stencil! And your pumpkin decorations are simply perfect for the season. Thank you for sharing at our Merry Monday party; I’ll be including your centerpiece in my Party Features next week! We’d love to have you link up again!

  2. This is beautiful, Leanna. I love the neutral colors. What a pretty way to dress up a table. Pinning.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you very much Beverly. I chose the soft colours to go with my neutral fall decor. I appreciate the comment, my friend.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Debra. I love the way it turned out, especially for the price. I am slowly working my way through our scrap lumber pile. It’s been fun.

  3. What a fabulous idea! I love the colour you chose and the stencil!! This would make lovely gifts for Christmas!!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Sam. This would make a nice gift for Christmas, that’s a terrific idea.

      I am making American Girl stuff for Christmas presents this year although I don’t share them on the blog. Homemade gifts are wonderful.

  4. Such a gorgeous piece! Love the stenciled detail, Leanna! Featured on Tuesday Turn About #5! And Pinned!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Oh, Julie, that’s really exciting. I will stop by My Wee Abode and see it. Thank you!!!

  5. Leanna that stencil is so pretty and adds such warmth to the centerpiece.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Mary. I have spent the summer coming up with ideas using scrap wood. Its been fun, but challenging. Thank you for commenting, I appreciate the feedback, especially from veteran DIYers.

  6. This is adorable! It turned out beautifully! Even though you had to change direction mid-project, it turned out perfectly. This is a great idea – something I never considered. I am going to keep my eye out for a thrift shop/garage sale turntable! Your instructions were excellent; especially the part about painting the stencil. This turn-table will be a workhorse for you — you can use it year-round!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you, Kristine, I hadn’t considered using it year around but after reading the comments, I am going to keep it on the table for a while. I really do enjoy how movable it is. Poof and the table is clear.

      A special thank you for the feedback on my tutorial. As you know, its hard to decide how much information to share and I always choose to give more than may be necessary instead of leaving some needed detail out.

  7. Great project. I like that you decided to go with paint for this project. It looks better with the pretty stencil and your soft hues you chose.

    Super job. Have an amazing weekend


    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Cindy. I like rustic decor although I shy away from it indoors. In the right setting, the more rustic style would work, but I am happy with the way it turned out.

  8. This is a great idea, Leanna! I would use this year long and not just for centrepieces. It would be perfect during family meals around the dining table where everyone could reach condiments, sauces, gravy and the list goes on. Pinned 🙂

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Marie. That’s a good idea, as I am usually on my own I forget about having to organize daily sit down meals. Your right this lazy susan would work well for that.

  9. This came out so nice. I like the idea you can easily move it if you need the space. I would use it all year round.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Deborah, you certainly could use it year around. Being able to turn the lazy susan makes it very handy as well. I am glad you like it, thank you for letting me know. Your expert feedback is appreciated

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