Wedding Wednesday


This Wedding Wednesday is another super simple DIY that I've been doing for a few years. I love the look of cute little cake stands at a gathering or party. I'm kind of drawn to "mini" sized things and think they're cute (admit it, you do too!). Maybe you're throwing a fete of your own, a wedding, a birthday party, or a baby shower... either way, these little DIY stands would make a great addition to your spread! It's an easy process so peep below! 

What you'll need: A variety of glassware (with stems for maximum effect!), plates, saucers and/or small bowls, your choice of colored spray paint, an industrial strength epoxy or glue (like E-6000), and a surface which you can spray paint on (cardboard works great!)

We picked up all of our glassware at Goodwill to keep the cost down. This is a really great, inexpensive way to make a statement at any party you might throw!


First make sure all of your glassware is clean and there is no left over sticker residue. Wash them really good and dry them thoroughly. Lay them out on your cardboard and give them a couple of light paint coats. Be careful not to put it on too thick or too quick! The paint will start to run and it'll look not so pretty! Let the paint dry and see if it needs another coat. Then flip it over and do the other side!

Once the paint dries, bring the pieces inside and decide what pieces you want to go with each other. Use your industrial strength glue to line the edges of the stemware that will act as the bottom of the stand, and place the plate on top of it. E-6000 says for optimal hold, allow for up to 24 hours to dry. I've found that just giving it 4 or 5 is perfectly fine, especially if you can stack a book or two on top of the plate to help weigh it down! Do this to all of your pieces and let them dry.

Above you will see a few that we made using various glasses such as martini and margarita stemware. You can choose to paint all of the pieces, or you can leave the stem or plate unpainted to show a cool pattern of color. Use the stands to put cookies, brownies, cupcakes, or even tortilla chips on! You can always add additional tiers to make it super fancy or to hold something like your salsa! Yum!

Other practical uses for these stands: Jewelry and makeup display (I have the pink/white one above on my vanity that holds bits and bobs like some of my brooches, plugs, and rings!). Use it in your craft closet to keep track of thimbles, your pincushion, loose buttons or handy trim. You can even set it up at a craft show to hold your business cards so they're easily accessible when people walk by!

The uses for these little things are endless! So many things you can make, and so many ways you can use them! Get creative with your color palette or patterns. Mix and match, use a bowl on a candlestick or a saucer on a margarita glass! The cooler the shapes, the better! In places like your bathroom, vanity, and craft closet, they really help add a bit of storage without taking up a lot of real estate on the bottom. You can still set things underneath and around!

Enjoy! xo

PS: Be sure if the cake stand will have direct contact with your food, to put a piece of wax paper, or a paper doily, underneath to avoid any type of contact with the paint! This isn't an issue with cupcakes since they have liners and the like, but for cookies, brownies or cake, make sure there's a solid layer of something to keep it safe! ;)

32 comments:

  1. Hey lady, very neat idea idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Super creative idea! I love it!

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  3. this is a cute idea ;) btw i featured a picture of you in my blog, i hope you don't mind, i credited you!
    if you have a spare minute please take a peek: http://hellonvmbr.blogspot.com/

    i love your blog, you're such an inspiration!

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  4. great idea!

    http://shesabitofsunshine.blogspot.com/

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  5. awesome idea!! gonna try this soon! :D I've always wanted a cute cupcake stand but never wanted to have to buy it, this is the perfect solution for me :)

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  6. What a great and inexpensive idea! I might use this for my jewelry! :)

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  7. simply perfect i love them the glass would also look wonderful if you laid some lace over and sprayed it :) i just love these!!! xx

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  8. How awesome! They really look fab! And mmmm cupcakes <3

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  9. wow this is my favorite diy i have seen recently!

    i have stacked vintage dishes to use in food photos before, but i literally never thought of spray painting them or permanently attaching them.

    so versatile, thank you for sharing!

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  10. This is awesome, thank you so much for sharing! Lovely idea for a wee Christmas present too for like-minded ladies...

    Thanks again! Xx

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  11. Awesome idea!! It's really hard to find pretty vintage cake stands here so I'm so gonna give this a go! :D would be perfect for displaying my cakes and cupcakes at a market. Thanks!!

    Kc

    http://a-sparkley-silver-lining.blogspot.com/

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  12. How cute!! I've always wanted to make a bunch of these as cake stands for a tea party :)


    A Sweet Release

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  13. Hi there! I love the idea but my first thought was that eating off spray-painted dishes is not safe. There are non-toxic paints out there but it is not safe to eat off of regular spray paint. Even if you seal it, anytime you cut the cake on the stand, a part of that paint could flake off. Consuming that kind of paint isn't good for you and could result in sickness, if not death. I don't want to be a negative Nancy, just trying to inform you.

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  14. @tiffany: you make a very valid point! Mike & I had a conversation about this a few weeks ago + our solution has been using doilies (paper) under everything but I totally forgot about that for this! It wouldn't be an issue for things like cupcakes, but def if you wanted to put an actual cake on it! Thanks for bring that up! :D

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  15. I am so excited for you about you're wedding and everything. Must be all so exciting! I've been following you're blog for some time now, and I recently just started my own. Kinda slow starter. But just wanted to let you know that you blog is very inspiring!

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  16. i love these! I just spray painted my mom's vintage cake stand and added some martha stewart glitter to it! i gotta post these things, too. looove them for wedding!

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  17. awesome post! totally made these for cupcakes for our wedding a few yrs ago..i have a feeling you'll be making a lot of your own stuff too!

    Krystle
    http://dearwinsome.blogspot.com/

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  18. Fantastic idea! I love how simple it is... in fact, a friend and I just the other day were saying that we enjoy the simpler DIYs the best... it's so much easier to feel motivated to try it :)

    Aya ♥ Strawberry Koi

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  19. Cute idea! I love it and can't wait to try it!

    <3 Jenn
    jenn-mcclure.blogspot.com

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  20. I love cake stands! This is a really sweet D.I.Y that I can't wait to try! I picked up a beautiful cake stand at a boot sale a month ago and posted its new use for holding my jewellery, just like you have done with your pink one. I love it!
    (http://pointlessprettythings.blogspot.com/2011/10/cake-stands-new-calling.html)
    Thanks for another lovely post :)

    x Rachel

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  21. This is a lovely idea, thanks for sharing - very useful as I'm starting to think about my upcoming wedding :)

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  22. such a fun idea! and perfect for thanksgiving! thank you for sharing so much inspiration on your BEAUTIFUL blog!

    best wishes!
    -juliette

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  23. love the costumes and I do like the 2nd pair of shoes better :-)

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  24. I have impressed with your creativity. Great Job !!!


    Nixon
    Unique Wedding Gifts

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  25. It would also look awesome (and extra weddingy) if you used cut glass or depression glass goblets and clear cut glass plates, no paint. And what if you put something INSIDE the unpainted glasses? Like dried/fake roses or glass beads or fake pearl beads or something else pretty?

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HEY! Thanks for dropping by. xo KB