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Behind the Scenes : Homemade Cake Stands!

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I’ve always been a fan of footed dishes and cake stands and, when setting up for a party, often end up wishing that I had a few more. Many years ago Marcie created a 1950’s-looking footed compote for a tablesetting story by hot-gluing a simple white plate onto an inverted white bowl. I've kept her idea in the back of my head  as a solution for my tablesetting woes. After collecting a mix of inexpensive tabletop items, I decided to give it a try. I found plain white plates and bowls, restaurant supply shop basic white cookware like ramekins, quiche pans, blue and white vintage and Asian patterned bowls, teacups and plates and both new and vintage enamelware all from Chinatown shops, IKEA, or online. Inspired by Nymphenburg Porcelain, I also decided to play with adding vintage flowers, birds and ceramic fish that I found online on Ebay and at Pearl River. The results are in “Make a Stand” on page 83 of our September issue.

Ceramic fish-shaped chopstick rests from Pearl River and tiny birds found on eBay. (used on edges of the stands in top photo)

I stacked two stands to make a tiered cookie plate. The tiers can be glued together--or use poster putty for a temporary bond.

Inexpensive kitchen supply store items: round and square quiche pans, mini butter crock and a ramekin.

The stands can be used for organizing--here on a kitchen counter.

I love the giant enamel bowl which I found at Pearl River (unfortunately, it's not on their website). The small plate was found on eBay.

You can also find enamelware at camping stores and websites. This store has very classic enamelware and will ship to the US.

Bowls and tumblers, which I found on eBay and Etsy, make great bases for the stands.

The enamels stands are sturdy and lightweight--perfect for outdoor entertaining.

Vintage birds and rose candleholder--all found on eBay for a few dollars apiece.

Floral and gold bowls and plate--also found on eBay.

The bowls and plates with bases made from orphaned teacups, bowls and mini sake cups and dressed up with the found knickknacks.

One of my favorites was made with a Crate and Barrel plate and bowl. I like the mix of modern and granny!

Next time you're having a party, take a look around your house and see what you can find to create these easy footed dishes!

Comments (14)

  • Those are beautiful! Adding the birds and fish really takes it to a new level!

  • I love this idea! I just ordered ten of the plates and bowls from Crate and Barrel and various birds and fish from ebay and pearl river. I am making these for my friends for Christmas. Thanks for the continued inspiration!

  • What an awesome job you have done, now I will try and emulate this, shall start off in the charity shops as they need the money the most, but thank you for some very great ideas and photos.

  • Are you sure that hot glue will permanently hold two dish's together? ida

  • Crafter Comment:

    Hi Ida,
    Good question! I used hot glue on the HIGH heat setting and it has held up for a few months so far. There more you use, the stronger it will be. (Just be careful that it doesn't ooze out so much that you see it.) I can't guarantee that it will hold forever though--if the bowls and plates are very glossy and non-porous, the glue will not hold as well. Many bowls and plates have an unglazed rim underneath and that porous unglazed surface accepts the glue well.
    You could also use a strong household cement like Duco cement. Apply this glue in a well ventilated area.
    Either way, I would definitely HAND WASH the cake stand with warm (not hot) water.
    Also, you can see that we used mostly light items on the stands like cookies, nuts, crudites, there is not a lot of stress on the glued stand.

  • What a great repurposed project! My bathroom stuff has been needing a little reorganization for awhile now. Those mixed quiche pans are exactly what I need. Many thanks!

  • I used the bowls and plates from Crate and Barrel as well as the duco cement. Of the ten I glued, only five of them stuck. The other five came off even after more than 24 hours. I applied more duco cement and hope it will hold the second time. Jodi -do you have any tips on ensuring a good hold? I want to give these as gifts but don't want them to fall apart! Thanks.

  • Crafter Comment:

    Hi Jennifer,
    I'm sorry that happened. I'm not sure why. Is it very humid where they were drying?
    If they are sticking now, you could always squeeze a thin stream of a permanent cement like Krazy Glue Gel into the seam for extra strength. (Have a small wet rag to immediately wipe away excess or drips)
    Make sure to tell your gift recipients to hand wash the cake stand with warm (not hot) water.
    Keep me posted.

  • I make and sell cakeplates using vintage miss-matched China plates and candlesticks and I've found that E6000 is the best glue. It's made just for ceramic and glass and if you make a mess you can always clean up your creation with rubbing alcohol. Just be sure to let it dry for 24-48 hours is a warm, dry place.

    Also a tip to get your plates to stay better is to use sandpaper on either the plate or the stand and then glue them together. I've been doing this for over 1 1/2 years and have yet to have a plate come apart (and I've tried).

  • Crafter Comment:

    Thanks Melissa. Sanding the spot to be glued is a great idea!!! (and I will definitely try the E6000!)

  • Jodi - I did glue the plates on a particularly hot (90*) and humid (80% humidity) August day in Ohio. I guess this is one of the perils of trying to get a jump start on your Christmas crafting. Thank you for the tip. I think I'll try the sandpaper and E6000 (thx Melissa!) and also reinforce with Krazy Glue Gel in the seam. Best to be safe since these are gifts. Thank you so much for your help and response!

  • I tried two of the pedestals using the E6000 and let them dry for 48 hours. I couldn't pry them apart so I think the problem is solved. I'm making about 15 more for Christmas presents and a few for myself. Thanks for the great idea and the helpful hints!

  • Really inspiring! Thank you.

  • I like this using all the different items the cake plates were nice and also the white for the bathrooms

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