Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday

Thrift stores make my life a lot happier.

There are so many treasures (and trash, lets face it) at thrift stores, and re purposing those items is so much fun (the treasure ones, not the trash, of course). :)

I decided to grab a few items at my local shop and make them into a sweet cake/dessert plate. Of course, you can put whatever you like on this plate, but I dream of putting sweet cupcakes with LOADS of frosting on mine.

This is super easy, so take a look and do some re purposing for yourself.

Step 1: Find an unused plate. Either from your own collection, or check out your local thrift store for some great vintage finds. Mine cost $1 and the colors made me smile. It's hand painted porcelain and who knows HOW old. You can use any size you want, but mine is the typical dessert plate size (about 8 inches). Don't forget to wash it and dry it before starting this project.

Step 2: Find a glass candlestick holder to use as your base. This one is small in size (about 4 inches high) but you can use all different heights, especially if you are doing a table display). This one cost me .50 cents at the same thrift store. Again, remember to wash it and dry it before starting.

Step 3: My favorite glue so far. E-6000. This glue is super strong and starts working almost immediately. It doesn't take long to dry and you can get a large tube for $3.99. I bought this at Hobby Lobby, but any hobby store will carry it.

Put the glue either on your fingertips (no worries, it washes off OR rolls off once dry) or a Q-tip and smear glue around the top of the candlestick holder. You can see in the picture below, the edges look a little glommy. That's good! That's how it's supposed to look, since the glue is a little thick.

Step 4: Gently place the candlestick onto the center of the flipped over plate. Do your best to get right in the middle, but if you mess up, no worries. Just pick up the glass and reposition it. Be sure to wipe up any of the glue from a mistake, but luckily the glue dries clear, in case you miss any.
Once you get it positioned where you want it, press down a little firmer (glue might squeeze out from the edge) to make sure it really adheres to the plate. You can clean any excess glue with a Q-tip, or once again, peel it away with your fingers once dry. Let the plate dry for about an hour, and you are all set! I had my plate flipped over within about 15 minutes.

Enjoy your beautiful new cake plate!!

I hope you have some re purposing you can do!!

xoxo, D


  1. Cute! I like this idea!:) I may have to try it!!! This is making me wish I didn't pass up these fabulous dishes from France that I saw in an antique store while I was out of town:( Too expensive and I didn't want just one...but they would have been perfect for this!! I keep looking:)

  2. What a great idea! And I love that plate!!! Thanks for the tutorial!

  3. What a great idea! Love the colors of the plate...