Repurposed dishes = DIY cake stands

Four cake stands, photo

This one was my friend Kristi’s idea. While window shopping one day last spring, we saw a glass cake stand in a jewelry store window. She said, “You could make one of those.” I spent the next couple weeks scouring thrift stores for plates, candlesticks, vases — anything I could find to make a cake stand. As you can see, I couldn’t stop with just one. (This post contains affiliate links. If you use these links to buy something, I may earn a small commission. You can read my full disclosure here.)

Plates, vases, candlesticks, etc., photo

How to make cake stands

  • plate

  • vase, pedestal bowl, candlestick, etc. (look for a wide base and a flat top)

  • rag or paper towels

Gluing the plates to the bases, photo

1. Clean and dry both dishes well. Find the center of the plate. Mark the spot if you need to. Apply a thin coat of glue along the edge of the top of your base. Don’t touch the glue with your bare hands. Note: I originally tried Elmer’s epoxy cement, but Loctite glass glue worked better for this project.

2. Turn the base upside down, and place it in the center of the bottom of the plate. Work quickly but carefully because the glue dries fast. Wipe off the excess with a rag.

Place heavy books on the cake stands while they dry, photo

3. This is where Harry Potter comes in handy. Place a heavy book on top to hold the base down. Let dry overnight. These cake stands are supposed to be dishwasher safe, but I haven’t tested that yet.

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