Friday, January 18, 2013

DIY Cake Plates and Pedestals by Thrift My House

We are so happy to welcome Sherry of Thrift My House to the Cafe today.  

Like so many of us, she is decorating her home on a budget and doing a wonderful job of it!  She's got such a fun DIY project to share with us today.

 Meet Sherry....

Hi, I would like to thank the Academy...oops, the Cafe, for having me here today to share my thrifty project!

I love how my fellow bloggers use pretty cake plates and pedestals in their vignettes and home decor. I've seen some really nice ones when I'm out shopping but I don't want to spend 25+ dollars for just one. Yep, I'm cheap like that. So....I've been collecting plates, candle holders and glass cloches for a while now.  I know you can purchase glass candle holders at  Dollar Tree but instead of spending a dollar why not spend only $.29 or $.49 for one at the thrift store? 

I found most of this stuff at Salvation Army. They tend to be cheaper than GW. Everything you see here was less than $25.00 total. 

After I collected several items, I played around with them and made myself some pretty little cake plates and some interesting pedestals with glass top covers. Mixing and matching was a lot of fun. There are so many options when you do it this way.

This is my first experience gluing glass. This glue was easy to use and dried very fast. I put a small bead around the rim of the candle holder and attached the plate. Not difficult at all.

 I smeared some of the glue around the plate trying to get it center but thankfully it dried clear.

This was not even 5 minutes later. I'm impressed!

The package said to smear Vaseline in the lid so it wouldn't get stuck on the tube. Good to know.

This is my small white pedestal all finished. Perfect size for a fancy cupcake.

 I wanted to keep this pedestal simple too.
This would be so sweet tucked into a pretty vignette. 

Just the right size for a sweet treat.

 This one was a lot of fun to make. I painted the candle holder base and knob a teal blue. 
A dot of glue holds the knob in place.

A pretty place to house something. Just turn the top upside down, fill it up, attach the bottom and turn right side up. I like this because it's different looking.

This glass top is a container that I've been using as a candle holder. I had seashells tucked around a candle which was pretty but I wondered what it would look like as a glass cloche. I painted the plate white and the knob black. Black and white are my new favorite colors right now. 

Put it all together and you have an elegant looking pedestal.

Milk glass is so pretty. I'm always amazed when I come across these dishes at thrift stores.
Again, I painted the base and the knob black.

 I call this my tuxedo pedestal. It just looks all dressed up to me.

 I have to say that these are my two favorite pedestals. I found the cheese plate glass covers, the ruffled plates and the ceramic candle holders all at Salvation Army for $6.00 total. 

 Put them together and you get this.

My twin pedestals.  The colors of the white ceramics blend so well that nothing else needed to be done. Just glue the candle holder base to the plate, pop on the lid, instant pretty!

So there you have it. I hope I have inspired you to make some pedestals of your own. 
Everything looks better on a pedestal. Now let me see if I can find me one to sit on! HaHa!
Thank you so much for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

Sherry of Thrift My House


  1. These are so pretty! You've given me some wonderful ideas!!!

  2. Sherry, I love these! So easy and so fun! I've got the adhesive and I have several of those cheese covers and now I just need to find some plates and candle sticks! Good thing I'm going to town today!

  3. I love every single one of them! I have to try this ( I'm in love with cloches and have never bought one in my life )
    Great tutorial Sherry!

  4. Oh, you have so inspired me! I have nothing in my arsenal of supplies to make these (except the E-6000) so I will go athrifting next week! Thanks Sherry, and thank you Danni for finding her!

  5. So cute!!! I'll have to give that glue a try. I have tried others, but they didn't work when washed. I LOVE the tip about the Vaseline!!! Of course!! Oh, the tubes of glue I have thrown away, if I only knew then!! The ruffle cake stands are so sweet!!!

  6. Love this Idea so creative!! those cake plates can be quite expensive...
    Thanks for sharing!!

  7. These are so lovely Sherry! Such wonderful ideas!! I'm definitely making some of these!
    Tuula :)

  8. love this!!!!!! What a great way to use one off china too.

  9. Hi Sherry, THESE ARE SO ADORABLE! Sweet and creative! I just love them! Thank you so much for sharing this great idea at the cafe!

  10. Great job Sherry! Next trip to the Sally Anne I'll be looking for bits, pieces and parts for my own projects! I've seen these used beside the kitchen sink to hold scrubbies, sponges and such, as well as the bathroom sink for a fancy soap dish! Lots of possibilities!

  11. I"m in love with the teal pedestal! Gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration.

  12. Amazing. I am going to get my butt to the thrift stores tomorrow!

  13. Every one of them are so cute! Great job! Now I want some!


  14. So glad to see Sherry guest posting here today! She's a great bloggy friend and always has wonderful thrifty ideas. I agree with Sherry that the prices at SA are always cheaper that at GW (at least where I live). The pedestals that she put together are adorable!

  15. Sherry, these are lovely! I am inspired to make one now that you've shown us how easy it is. Thank you so much for being our guest today - I hope you come back very soon xx Nat

  16. I have a new shelf that is just aching for something cute like this...a terrarium of some sort. Thanks for the great ideas!

  17. I love all your pedestals! So pretty, and easy enough even I can makes some!

  18. You make it look so E-Z! I've been collecting milk glass plates and pretty plates at thrift far they're just waiting some inspiration. Now I got it! Thanks so much! Going over to Sherry's blog now...


  19. c' est époustouflant j' adore un très beau relooking c' est super!!! bravo bises a bientôt rien ne se perd tout ce recycle c' est aussi ma devise

  20. You are amazing, Sherry! I wish I were this creative and you definitely have a knack for visualizing how something will turn out. Great job!


  21. Luv, Luv, Luv! I am so doing this. Thank you for the amazing idea.


  22. So, so sweet!!! I have looking to buy a cloche and have been online for weeks! They cost a fortune and have nothing on these that you made, I am so going to get out thrifting and make some for myself!
    Thanks from your newest follower,

  23. Sherry, I found you through Mel's blog. I swear it looked like all those parts were made for each other! I love how they all turned out!

  24. I found you through Mel's blog. Awesome post. I love what you did with all those parts! They all look like they were meant to be together!

  25. The cake stands are fabulous!!! I've got to rummage around in my cupboards to see what I can find. Thanks for the idea!

  26. I'm so inspired! The twin pedestals are my favorite too! I might already have some stuff around the house to make my very own pedestal...well, I want a fluted plate. So, I think I'll be hitting GoodWill tomorrow.

  27. This is great! I'll try and get some plates, etc (there is no SA or GW in France!)

  28. These are all stunning! I've made a couple of cloches out of vases, but didn't put them on pedestals...I'll have to look around to see what I have on hand. Great post, I love all your ideas!!
    Debbie :)