Tuesday, April 26, 2011

How To Make Your Own Cake Stands and Chip/Dip Platters

Last week I turned these fabulous Goodwill finds into great party platters. All for under $3 plus the cost of spray paint.

You can pretty much find tutorials on how to make them all over Bloggerland. I found so many different types, the possibilities are endless.

Look at this adorable set from The Mother Huddle.
Or how about this great tiered stand from Cupcakes and Crinoline.
The inspiration for my stand came from The Crafting Chicks. I loved the idea of a bowl on top for dip and then a place for crackers or bread on the plate below.
I started by spay painting my metal candlestick (that only cost me $0.49 at Goodwill). I liked that the top was flat so that I had a good place to put the glue.
I used my E-6000 crafting glue for this project.  You can find it at your local craft store.
First, I glued my bowl (also $0.49 at Goodwill) to the top of the candlestick.
After letting it dry I little bit I glued the bottom of the candlestick to the top of the plate. I didn't find any plates I liked at Goodwill so I bought this new one at the store for $2.
It was at this point that I got a little impatient...I kept checking on the glue to see if it was really working. I didn't think it was so I put a "little" Gorilla Glue on the bottom...then the glue proceeding to leak ALL OVER THE PLATE...next time I will just relax, have a glass of wine and WALK AWAY.

See my oozing mess???
It actually came out okay, I was able to peel it off and you couldn't see the gluey mess anymore.

Not too bad for my first try. I think it will be perfect for our next crafty night. I see it full of hummus with lots of fresh veggies on the plate.

I also painted another candlestick pink and used this great square plate I had on hand. I think it'll be perfect for cupcakes or scones.
Overall I think this project has lots of potential and I will definitely be on the look-out for cute plates and candlesticks on my weekly (or daily) trips to Goodwill!

As always if you try this project out please send your pictures my way-I'd love to see them!!!


  1. Um, these need to be on our Crafty Christmas gift exchange list! Love them!

  2. Love these! I think they'd make great hostess gifts!!

  3. I also just made some dessert stands with candle sticks and a can of spray paint, but I held the spray paint can too close (because it was so windy outside!) and now I have really bad spray paint runs/drips. Do you have any suggestions on how to fix it?

  4. I have two thoughts..

    1. If you didn't spend that much on the candle sticks than I would just head over to Goodwill and pick out another set. It may cost you more to fix the drips than to just replace them.

    2. If you want to try to fix the drips you could try rubbing either acetone or paint thinner on them to try to even the paint out.

    Good luck! Let me know if you try to fix them and if it works out. I'm really bad about fixing my mistakes...I'm more of a "start over" kind of girl..but I'm trying to be better about it

  5. This is on my list of must-do with the kids this summer. I've wanted a tiered stand for snacks and decorative treats for a while. You've inspired me to make my own. My eyes are now going to be peeled for some cute and cheap finds to put one together.