Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Craft: Cheap Cake Stand

I've seen other bloggers make their own cake stand with a parfait glass and a plate so I decided I'd have a go at it.

Supplies: plate, parfait glass (or candle stick, etc.), glass glue (I bought Elmer's glass and china cement)
Cost: $3.98 for the parfait glass/plate, $3.99 for the glue
I purchased two plates and two parfait glasses but have only made one cake stand so far. I wanted to make sure that I had the right glue and it worked out.

First I chose which plate and glass to use together. I placed the bottom of the glass on the center of the plate (upside down) and centered the glass.

I used masking tape to mark the center of the plate so I was sure to put the glass in the exact same place after putting glue around the rim.

I removed the glass...

and put the glue around the rim.

Then I placed the glass in the center of the plate using the masking tape as a guide. I removed the tape and cleaned up the edges of glue with a damp paper towel  
(I want to add that we rarely use paper towels - we use cloth napkins and rags for most everything but we do have a roll of paper towels for some craft projects - cleaning up glue, paint spills, etc. :-)

I found something heavy and placed it on top fo the glass. I don't think this step is absolutely necessary but it can't hurt - I did it because I wanted to make sure the glass was pressed as close as it could get to the plate.

I let it dry per the drying guidelines on the glue that I purchased. Once it had dried enough I flipped it over and it looks great!

I can use this to display food when we have company and for holidays. I've also seen cake stands used to display decorative things so I might try that.

Here is a close-up of the top. You can kind of see the glue so next time I think I'll be more careful with cleaning up the edges. It doesn't really matter though - once I put food or decorative things on it no one will even see that part. :-) It might just be one of the things I notice because I made it but no one else does.


  1. This is so cool! I know I'm thinking way in advance but I'll probably make it for my mom for mother's day... or maybe 'just because.' Thanks for sharing :)

  2. I love it!!! I could always use another cake plate for entertaining... I might have to go be creative and make a few of these... maybe even for the neighbors next year for the holidays!

  3. These came out great...If you use regular epoxy, it dries clear and you only need a little bit to adhere...only a few dollars at Walmart or Home Depot!

  4. Great work!
    I made some of these as gifts duing Christmas. They went over so well!

    Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursday!


    Tales from Bloggertiaville


  5. hiya
    i have been looking for someone who had made a cake stand for ages....yours is by far the best for my liking!!

  6. That looks great! So often I see platters or parfait glasses at thrift shops. I will definitely be picking some up to try this project! Thanks!

  7. It looks just great. They have a ton of those parfait glasses at the Dollar Tree. I have used them and candle sticks to make great hurricanes for candles. You just get tall cylinders of any kind, also at the Dollar Tree and then glue them together. I use contact cement called Welder and it holds really well. It also dries perfectly clear and you cannot see it at all. Love your new cake plates. Hugs, Marty

  8. Cute little pedestal dessert tray!

  9. This is the second post I've seen about gluing two glass pieces together--wheels are turning, wheels are turning--I can see a trip to Dollar Tree or the thrift store in my near future...

  10. Came out very pretty! Love those little parfait glasses!


  11. You found really pretty pieces to work with. It turned out beautifully.

  12. I did one very similar to yours. My glue shows a bit, too.
    Cindy at Lakewood

  13. That looks great! And yes, I agree with you - the glue is something that will only bother you... and will not be seen with the dessert on the plate. If you put cookies or something on it that would eventually show the middle, just put a doilie down first!

  14. Ha! Great minds think alike!! I have been doing the same thing!! (http://poditan.blogspot.com/2010/02/crafting-with-candlesticks.html)
    I got saucers and bowls and plates from the thriftstore and made a ton. They are going to the teachers as valintine gifts. And I am using them all over the house!

    I'll have to try the parfait glass! Great idea!!



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