The Most Brilliant Way to Hack a DIY Lazy Susan (Using Things You Already Have)

updated Aug 30, 2019
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There are so many practical and fun uses for a lazy Susan, from organizing a cabinet or pantry and serving a dessert or taco fixings, to keeping condiments in order and dressing up the kitchen counter. That’s the good news. The more unfortunate news is that using a lazy Susan means you have to actually buy one. Or so you’d think!

If you don’t have a lazy Susan on hand and you want to reap the benefits ASAP, no worries: You can make your own at home today without having to run out and buy anything! (If you do want to buy one, though, keep reading because we’ve got some suggestions for you!)

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All you need for a simple, DIY lazy Susan are supplies you already have in the kitchen: two round cake pans and some pie weights. We like the standard 8- or 9-inch cake pan, but depending on what you want to use your Lazy Susan for, you can use larger ones. You can also totally use pie tins (even disposable ones!). And, finally, if you don’t have pie weights sitting around, a handful of small marbles will also work (if you can raid your kid’s play room!). The goal is to get the pan moving, so your spices, condiments, or oil bottles are more accessible!

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Ready to put it together? Once you have your supplies, assembling the lazy Susan is super simple and quick. First, grab your cake pans, and add a handful of pie weights or marbles. Then, insert the other pan on top, and spin away. 

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If you’re looking for a sturdier, store-bought option, we’ve got you. Here are a few of our favorites.

Happy spinning!