Introduction: How to Build Your Pop Diva Her Own Stage

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In this instructable my daughter, Holly, and I will demonstrate how to build a very nice, fully functional, miniature stage for wanna-be pop-stars. The cost of this stage only $35, with almost no wasted materials. The size of the stage is totally up to you it can easily be made into larger and/or modular sections.


Every couple of years we, the wife and I, change the theme in our children's bedrooms. Holly is now into the DIVA Pop-star theme. My over all goal is to transform her room in to a mini-Pop-star club.

I thought it would be a good idea to have a stage for her to stand on while performing. In order to do this and save money it was important to utilize current assets. For instance my first plan was to use her computer as a Karaoke machine, while utilizing her PC camera to make her own sing along pop video. I did find free Karaoke software but finding quality music was difficult. We just went with a karaoke machine to save ourselves all of the other trouble. It came with one microphone, but I bought her a microphone and stand that would plug into the machine. Now both she and a friend can sing together.

I have many more upgrades to add to her room but this is the first of the projects that I have built. So of course I had to make an instructable for everyone else so they can build their own version. I really hope this will inspire others to build their own or create some kind of spin-off idea.

Lets get started.

The only thing missing from this instructable is a picture or video of her actually using it, which I hope to get really soon, so hang it there.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

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List of Materials

(1) Pallet

(1) 4x8 sheet of chipboard of plywood

(1) box of lament, flooring

(1) box of deck screws

(2) tubes of construction adhesive


Table saw or circular saw


Measuring tape

Caulking gun

2 Saw Horses

Screw Gun

Drill Bit

Step 2: Prep the Foundation

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Before we can get started we need to prepare the pallet by countersinking all of the nail heads.

1. Set your pallet on the saw horses.

2. Use your hammer and pound any nails flush with the wood.

3. Look for any stray nails sticking out and either pound them down or cut them off

4. Trim off any of the board edges that are not flush on the sides or corners, so no odd boards are sticking out. I used my circular saw for this.

5. Check each board to see if they need anymore fasteners installed to keep the pallet ridged.

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Step 3: Creating the Deck

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In this step we will create the deck of the stage.

In order to make it easy on my back, because the chipboard is heavy, I cut the sheet of chipboard in half, creating two 4 x 4 sheets to work with.

Next I laid one of the 4 x 4 chipboard on the saw horses

Then I laid the pallet upside down on the chipboard

Using the frame of the pallet itself I drew a line across the chipboard creating a cut line. This will create a smooth edge with no over hang when I mount the board to the pallet

Now cut off the excess chipboard by cutting down you cut line.

After you have done this; next place the other 4 x 4 sheet of chipboard underneath the one you just cut. Square up the edges of the larger sheet with the smaller sheet. Using a pencil and the edge of the smaller sheet drawn a line a new cut line on the lager sheet.

Finally cut the larger sheet on the cut line. Since I used a circular saw I used a straight edge board clamped to the larger sheet to help keep the cut straight. you can see this in the other pictures.

Lets move on to the next step.

Step 4: Securing the Deck

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Make sure you pallet is right side up, in the prior step we had the pallet upside down to create cut lines.

Now that you have two pieces of chipboard sized to match the top of the pallet place BOTH of them on top of the pallet. Square them to the pallet so all of the edges are flush.

Pick one corner to start working from. Using you drill create a pilot hole for the first screw. Drill through both pieces of chipboard and into the pallet. This will help to keep the wood from splitting.

Next, using your drill/ screw gun drive your screw through the pilot hole through both layers of chipboard and into the pallet.

Follow the same steps for each corner your screws should go through to and into the pallet frame boards/ribs.

Now continue the same procedure for each of the three ribs in the pallet. I put one screw through each of the cross planks and down the center of the pallet as well.

Step 5: Prep the Surface

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It's time to get the floor ready.

Remove the panels from the box and lay them out on top of your work area.

Snap the panels together and square up two sides of the panels to two sides of the pallets.

Next draw a cut line on bottom side of the panels of the over hanging areas.

Now, flip the panels over and use your saw to make the cut on the cut line. All of your panels should come out squared and flush to the edge of the pallet. See the last picture below.

Step 6: Secure the Flooring

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Time for the fun part! Gluing it!

I use Loctite Power Grab for my construction projects, because it works as advertised. You can use other construction adhesives though, I suppose any will do.

You may look at these pictures and think "wow that is a lot of glue" and you would be right. I wanted to make sure that the floor didn't ever come loose and I really didn't want tot have any extra glue left over. I just don't like having pre-opened tubes in storage, they are a pain to use again later, not to mention messy. So I used all of my glue on this project, but not all of it on this step, so make sure you save some for the final steps.

Put a good coat of glue down

Place your first panel along the front edged, make sure everything is squared and flush to all three sides.

NOTE*** My flooring is a tongue and groove friction snap type so I had to insert the tongue into the groove at a steep angle so I had to take my time when assembling the flooring.

Next start snapping your other panels in place. Be careful to create flush edges before you lay the panels down; you will have a heck of a time trying to pull them back up.

After I had all of my panels in place I started off by using a rolling pin, see pic four below, to apply even pressure on the panels to help spread the glue underneath the panels.

Once I was finished with the rolling pin I put the stage on the floor and walked gently around the stage to help push the flooring down even more.

When I was finally finished walking on the stage I put the stage back on the saw horses.

Let's move on to the next step.

Step 7: Install the Side Trim Pieces

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Install the side trim pieces .

You should have enough material, laminate and chipboard, left over to install on the front and rear of the stage. The side of the stage will only need laminate.

Position the trim on the sides and mark cut lines if necessary. Then cut your panels to fit.

Cut all of your panels before gluing. I recommend cutting your side panels first and then cutting the front and back panels. This way your front and rear panels will overlap the side panels edges. This creates a cleaner look to the stage.

Once you have all of your panels cut then glue them and install the side pieces first and then the front and rear pieces.

NOTE*** You don't have to create a rear panel, since no one is going to see if it up against a wall. However, if it is going to be in the center of a room you may want to install the rear trim anyway.

Step 8: Final Thoughts

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This stage is SOLID and HEAVY so be careful when lifting it. It took both my wife and I to get it up the stairs.

As I had stated earlier this is a stand alone stage or you can make it modular. If you built a lot of these stages you could push them together to make a larger one. It all depends on your needs and the size of the room.

There is one final touch I could add to the stage and that is to put a piece of trim around the edges. The reason I haven't is because I thought my daughter and her friends might trip on it. I am still debating whether or not to install it. It still looks good with out it though.

See the pic below to look at the edges.

I certainly hope that you have enjoyed this instructable. I am working on more theme items to go into her room. I already have the background idea for the wall be hind the stage. That will be another instructable though :)

Any suggestions or thoughts are welcome, as long as they are respectable and constructive.

Thanks for reading this instructable


directioner4eva (author)2013-06-02

I will definitely try doing this in my room except I'm probably going to have pics of ONE DIRECTION!!!!

The Stans Mysterium (author)2008-05-30

This is actually a really good idea. Do you think it would be possible to make something like this but bigger for a drum kit? It would have to be pretty strong as well, i read what someone else posted about making a drum platform which would be really cool.

it probably could be. i know someone who owns a company selling all things made out of wood and he lets me have any scrap i want (sell kindling to pub, make £££) he's got loads of old pallets so i might make a drum platform soon (2 weeks of gcses left then the projects can begin) if you make one before me could you post pictures and any tips on making it better for drums. i'l do the same when i make mine

Just glue carpet down instead of the laminate flooring for the drum kit. I would also add a small lip at the back where the throan goes so it doesn't scoot too far back and fall off. If you make it taller than 2 palletts high, the I would add a pipe railing. And maybe (depending on how hard you play the drums, add a cleat or 2 where the kits legs (that come off of the bass drum) touch the floor to keep the kit from sliding so far forward that it falls off.
Good luck and post pics when it's done.

Yes it should work just fine. Would love to see it when you get done.

rudyroo220 (author)2009-03-19

also...because of the weight (you're right, its HEAVY to move) i added some casters on the back edge that i roll it on when i stand it up to move it

rudyroo220 (author)2009-03-19

Great idea. I did the same for me...for karaoke singing with my brother. I added tube lighting around the floor edges...and a black curtain background....Trying to figure out lighting though...recently ordered a neon sign with a karaoke mic to hang over the curtain

technogeek-1995 (author)2008-10-07

I think you had a great idea. Just something else for me to build. I think that you could may be have an update and add some electrical lighting. I will have to make some track lighting to stick in front when I make mine. Maybe you could build a stand for the lights. Whatever, I will just stick my lights on the floor.

That is a great idea!

But, I was thinking...It needs a dimmer. And if you wanted
You could get them a cool effect light! This is normally $80!!!

Too Cool! Thank you!

If you decide to get it, I don't know where you could put it. It looks like she has a tight space. They do get hot so, you don't want to have them dancing and then get burned. Well, good luck; Maybe a Christmas present, that is how I got it.

Scubabubba (author)2008-10-08

Great minds think alike! I built something very similar a few years ago. I tried to countersink & screw the laminate instead of gluing it like you did, but it didn't turn out so well. I started from scratch (no pallet, I wish I had thought of that!) and I built in two full-depth drawers. I had to recess the front a bit so the handles wouldn't get stepped on. The drawers have been a great place to store big flat items like drawing pads, posters, etc. Unfortunately it took something like 4 months for me to finish it. Your design is better, and you could piano hinge the front panel and get the storage too. I like it! I found a disco ball (the type that spins on 2 axes and has all the colored lights) at the local thrift store and hung it from the ceiling, that was the finishing touch for us.

Mr. Rig It (author)Scubabubba2008-10-08

Thanks. Having drawers for storage is a great idea!

andrea0701 (author)2008-09-01

very cool!!

Metal4God (author)2008-05-29

my lil sister (she's 9 years old) would love this, just we need a mic stand, a mic, and a keroykey machine, actullly my sis can sing well, to bad she wastes it on pop, i love metal, metal is more fun, cause instead of dancing, u mosh no mosh is not a type of sex, if thats what ur dirty mind is thinking search mosh pitt on youtube,

Mr. Rig It (author)Metal4God2008-05-29

Dirty mind? LOL, I know what moshing is silly, and you mosh in a mosh pit :-)

moshing is not silly!

"moshing is not silly!" says proffesor cuddles

if you have ever moshed before, you would know that it is fun and not silly

Metal4God (author)Mr. Rig It2008-06-04

that comment was for every1 to see, and a mosh pit is at a concert, what if i'm with just me and a few other guys (and a girl or 2) we just run into each other and go crazy like a mosh pitt

drummonkey92 (author)2008-05-30

realy nice idea. i'm sorry to say i saw the materials list and the pictures and skipped most of the writing though. i thought this would be a complicated and expensive decking system, but using a pallet is genius!

Mr. Rig It (author)drummonkey922008-05-30

Genius? (ego inflating and sticking chest out) Yes I must agree. Actaully it was very easy to do and only took a couple of hours to make. Since it is made on a pallet it should be able to handle the weight you need very easily. Especuially if you add two or three pallets to extend the floor area. Good luck with it, love to see it when you get it made.

The Stans Mysterium (author)2008-05-30

Cool lol. Yeh i have a level exams at the moment but would love to have a platform. Got long holidays ahead so might look into making one. Il post something if im sucessful.

rubyjule (author)2008-05-14

some kind of "tubed-goo" from the hardware store in the platform's "edge-crack" would act as a very good finish and wouldn't get tripped over.

Mr. Rig It (author)rubyjule2008-05-14

That is a good idea, I will have to ponder it for a while. Thanks for the input.

wishes (author)2008-01-08

very cool, my daughter is in the same stage. Where did you get the wavy mirrors from? those are awesome. Perhaps an instructable on how to make them? :D

Mr. Rig It (author)wishes2008-01-09

Thank you for your comments. I got the mirrors form the IKEA store here in Phoenix, they were very cheap. I got the music notes from the dollar store. You could easily make your own music notes though..

skipfrehly (author)2007-12-27

It's a good idea for a solo stage, but making it much bigger, or perhaps, for a big sweaty drummer like myself would require you to modify the pallet. I made a modular drum riser along the same lines, but I took the lateral planks on the pallet, trimmed them down, and rotated them 90 degrees so that they were more in a joist type configuration. I also used 5/4 instead of chipboard, because the drums tend to have place more weight on smaller points. Great job, though. I am going to use you laminate flooring idea to make mine look a little nicer :)

Mr. Rig It (author)skipfrehly2007-12-28

Thank you for the comments and the ideas. The floor laminate makes a big difference. Thanks again.

de-evolution (author)2007-12-27


GorillazMiko (author)2007-12-27

Awesome, cool how she has those mirrors, where did you get those?

Mr. Rig It (author)GorillazMiko2007-12-27

We got the mirrors from the Ikea store. They were only a few dollars, then I came up with the idea of music notes, and got those from the dollar sore. They were supposed to come out looking like sheet music.

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