Wednesday, June 08, 2011

diy {cake stand}

I am loving these beautiful diy cake stands and cupcake platters. For such an easy and inexpensive project the results are quite marvelous. These lovelies are great not only for showcasing sweets and treats but can also be quite nice for displaying jewelry (as shown above) or a pretty "catch-all" for keys and loose change.

Ready to make your own? Here is what you'll need:
-candlestick (you can also use a sundae dish, a drinking glass, a little vase... basically anything with a sturdy base and a flat top)
-epoxy glue (I used E-6000)
-a few heavy books

Following the directions, apply the epoxy glue to the top of the candlestick and position it on the back of the plate
Place some heavy books on top to weigh it down and let dry overnight
Now make something yummy (I opted for blueberry muffins) and admire your beautiful and thrifty treat platter!
Just as a side note, I picked up both this large plate ($3.50) and the candle holder ($1.50) at my local thrift store. When I got home I saw that the plate was actually a Kim Parker Chickory Hymn buffet plate that I found selling online for a whooping $24.99! Pretty sweet deal if I do say so myself.
I am warning you now that once you start making these you won't be able to stop! You will begin to see cute plates and candle holders everywhere.
Case in point...

Melamine plates from Target and candlestick from Dollar Tree
Plate from World Market and candlestick from Dollar Tree
And here's another look at my cheery yellow jewelry holder
Plates from World Market and candlestick from Dollar Tree (primed and spray painted white)


  1. LOVE this post! I am getting my jewelry ready for a convention this summer and was thinking of buying a (cheap) cake stand to display... not anymore!!!

    Thank you! :)

  2. This is the cutest idea and so easy. what an awesome blog :)

  3. Love your choice of plates! Just wondering if you made that lovely cream flower necklace...if so, can you share a tutorial?

    Julie :)

  4. Thank you for your sweet comments!
    @Julie, yes the rosette necklace is one of my creations (and the pearl hair pins too actually.) I will most definitely let you know when I post the tutorial on it :)

  5. Found your blog via Pinterest and so glad I did! You have a fabulous blog!

  6. Love this project! It could be a great addition to my craft show display! Thanks for sharing!

  7. i managed to make this with two plates and a vase i found at a free (!) thrift it. i can see how it could become addictive -- nearly turned my prized anthropologie bird plates into stands but held off. :)

  8. Seriously, love this!! I am so making a stand this weekend. And what a great gift idea! Thank you!

  9. Wow, how wonderful! Great idea and beautiful photographs!
    Greetings from Estonia :)

  10. I love ALL of these! Thanks for the how-to!

  11. My daughter bought me something like this for Mother's Day and I use it beside the sink to put my jewelry on. It's a candlestick with a saucer on it. It is SO cute and so USEFUL! Really fits my style! I am going to go thrifting and do some myself!!!

  12. This is a great idea (one among the many great ideas here on your blog!) Thanks for sharing! Your photos are very artful too.


  13. Such smart ideas!! I love them all!

  14. Beautiful. Thanks for the wonderful idea!

  15. this is an awesome idea! I always see plates that I think are super cute, too cute for a regular plate and this is great! Also, been thinking I need to get a cake stand but now i want to make my own:)

  16. Hi! New your ideas:)

  17. Lovely idea! Greetings from Singapore :)

  18. This is beautiful! I think I'll make my mom one for Christmas...

    for the double ones (the one w/ plates from target), do you glue the bottom of the candle stick to the plate? And if so, are there are any tricks for making it so it doesn't show through (the glue, that is).


  19. Sara! Love this project. Also was wondering where you got those gold grate-type earrings?--they are beautiful!

  20. Love this idea! I've recently fallen in love with thrift stores (who knew you could find such cool serving ware there?!), so next time I will definitely have to keep my eyes peeled for pieces to create one of my own.

  21. Love this project! It could be a great addition to my craft show display! Thanks for sharing!


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