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Easy DIY 2-Tiered Cake Stands using plates from the thrift store | The Interior Frugalista

October 4, 2016

Easy DIY 2-Tiered Cake Stands using plates from the thrift store

It's Frugal Decor Tuesday and you know what that means, time to share something purchased at a thrift store and given a new life. Today my thrift store finds are two German Democratic Republic Kahla Porcelain plates and two Liberty Blue England Staffordshire Ironstone Plates.

This is such an easy peasy DIY that is perfect to use when hosting Thanksgiving Dinner or parties during the upcoming holiday season. They also make great jewelry holders in a bedroom. So without further ado, let's turn those thrift store plates and glass candlesticks from the dollar store into Easy DIY 2-Tiered Plate Stands.

Easy 2-tiered thrift store plate stands

My original plan was for the plates to be the base of each cake stand. I love to have cake stands at various heights on my buffet table so I decided to increase the height by adding a candleholder base.

Here is a close up of each...

Liberty Blue Ironstone Cake Stand

German Kahla Cake Stand

How To Repurpose Thrift Store Plates Into Tiered Cake Stands

Materials List

  • 4 glass candleholders (Dollar Store)
  • 2 sets of plates in different sizes (Thrift Store)
  • Industrial Strength E6000 Glue

These are the dishes I used...

German Democratic Republic Kahla Gold Rimmed Dinner and Salad Plates 

Thrift store German Kahla dishes

Liberty Blue Historic Colonial Scenes England Ironstone "Independence Hall" Salad Plate and "Old North Church" Bowl

Thrift store Liberty Blue Ironstone dishes

Sweet prices considering they sell online for around $10.00 each!

Assembling The Cake Stand BASE

  1. Run a bead of industrial strength E6000 glue around the top of a glass candle holder.
  2. Flip a dinner or salad plate upside down onto a work surface and set the glass candle holder onto the center of the plate (as pictured below).
  3. Wipe away any oozing glue with a cotton swab dipped in Mineral Spirits.
  4. Press firmly to ensure a good bond and let cure 24-hours.
Assembling Liberty Blue Ironstone Cake Stand

Assembling The Cake Stand TOP

  1. Run a bead of industrial strength E6000 glue around the base of a glass candleholder.
  2. Repeat steps 2-4 from above.

Note: E6000 glue takes 24-hours to cure so it is imperative that you wait until doing the next step.


Assembling German Kahla Cake Stand

Assembling the 2-Tiered Cake Stand

  1. Now that the glue has completely cured run a bead of E6000 glue around the rim of the candlestick for the top tier of the cake stand.
  2. Place the candlestick in the center of the bottom plate.
  3. Line up the patterns on both the top and bottom plates (as seen below).
  4. Wipe away any oozing glue with a cotton swab dipped in Mineral Spirits.
  5. Press firmly to ensure a good bond.  
Liberty Blue 2-tiered Plate Stand


German Kahla 2-Tiered Plate Stand

Tips: 

  • E6000 glue takes approximately 72-hours for maximum bond strength so avoid picking up the cake stands until the glue has completely cured.
  • Do not wash the cake stands in the dishwasher or immerse in water. Wash the plates with warm soapy water and a dishcloth.
This is such an easy DIY for under $10.00 that even my fellow Canadian readers could make these in time for their Thanksgiving Buffet tables!

DIY Tiered Cake Stand

DIY German Democratic Republic Kahla cake stand

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Two Easy Candlestick Plate Stands

Have I inspired you to look twice at those old dishes stacked on the shelves at your local thrift store? The holiday dishes should be coming out soon too.

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