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How to Make a Vintage Glass Cake Stand
Don’t you adore a pretty cake…on a lovely cake stand?
It’s like it’s sitting up there saying “look at me”. Well, we put it up there to kind of say, look at me don’t we? On a pedestal? One of my sister’s has a number of cake stands and when I visit she has things displayed so prettily on them. Whether they’re cookies, or cinnamon rolls or even cupcakes, I think they look adorable sitting up tall just saying “eat me”. Learn how to make a vintage glass cake stand for your cakes!
I’ve recently read a few fiction books by Jenny Colgan about little British Bakeries so maybe that’s what was on my mind when I was wandering through a few thrift stores recently. Go with a list and you’ll come back with a few projects to get your creative juices going. But this post isn’t about goodwill hunting. That will be another time:)
It’s a pretty easy project to tackle with little time involved. Just a few supplies and a bit a patience as some glues require time to dry. When gathering your supplies I have some tips to keep in mind. You’re going to need a glass candlestick. The ones I chose were shorter than 5″ as I didn’t want something too tall. You can also use a small cut crystal glass as well, turned upside down. There are a lot of these in the china section.
You’re also going to need a glass plate. I’ve seen adorable small cupcake pedestals all the way up to large cake ones, so keep your eyes open. If you’re looking for a larger plate, keep in mind you’ll need a base that’s larger as well for stability. Look for a pedestal type candle holder. You can see in my photos that I found a nice one for my larger, heavy plate.
Another thing to keep in mind when buying your plate is if there is a textured pattern on the underside of your plate. You’ll need a thicker glue to bond properly. On one of my candlesticks, I had a very slight ridge around the top, which is fine but when glueing you’ll need a thicker glue and make sure you glue it plate side down and leave it set for a good bond. I found this out the hard way.
- Glass Candlestick or Crystal Wine Glass
- Glass Plate
- Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
- Cotton Cloth for drying
- Glue for Bonding Glass. I used Elmer’s ProBond because that’s what I had on hand and it worked great. It has a thin applicator that doesn’t clog. There is also Loctite Super Glue which bonds almost immediately.Beacon Glass Glue is a good glue that is thicker and would work well on the textured plates.
- Wash candlestick inside and out with a Mr. Clean Magic Erase (type of scrubber)
- Wash plate as well. If it has a lot of crevasses and is dirty and greasy use the magic eraser on it as well.
- Dry with a cotton cloth and buff to a nice shine
- Mark the center of the plate on top with a permanent marker. You can do this using your eye or trace the plate onto paper, fold in half and then half again to find the center point. Cut a small hole and open up. Lay on the plate and mark the spot
- If the underside of the plate is not flat (has texture or ridges) turn the plate upside down on a flat surface. If there is any ridge on your candlestick, you’ll also want to use this method and a thicker glue to make your cake stand. Put a generous amount of glue on the candlestick and turn upside down on the plate
- If there are no ridges put glue around the edge of the candlestick and place your plate on top (centering please).
- Let Dry
I would suggest for a long life to hand wash gently. These are so fun and easy to make it’s nice to have a few extra on hand so if you’re making a cake or sweet little cupcake treat for someone you can gift them the stand as well.
Wouldn’t one of your kids or grandkids love to blow out a candle on a treat sitting on a little pedestal? It just makes it a little more special:) Next time she will!
Enjoy and send me a picture of what you end up creating.
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