Tuesday, September 29, 2009

DIY Cake Plate

It’s DIY day at Kimba’s! So much creativity over there…check it out (when you’re done here, of course!).

Over the past year of thrifting I have amassed quite a collection of glassware.IMG_4074

Okay, wow. I didn’t realize I had that much. I have collected plates, cheese domes, and candle sticks for making mini cake plates. I grab the jars when I see them cheap for filling with decorative items. But what if I mixed it up a bit?

How about small round jars on the candlesticks?

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How about matching jars at different heights for DIY apothecary jars? Ooohh, I really like this one! (My countertop doesn’t make the best backdrop, but it’s almost midnight and I’m not going to do it over now. Sorry.)

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Today, though, I’m going to make a cake plate. For these projects, the best candlesticks have a decent flat surface area at the top edge so the glue has good contact. Also, it’s good to have a pretty wide base, especially for the tall ones.

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A couple of months ago, I found this scallop-edged plate. I’m trying something new this time and using a dry-erase marker to mark the center of the plate (it will wipe right off).

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Apply E-6000 glue to the top edge of your chosen candlestick and center the plate on top. I didn’t get a good picture of that—sorry again.

Allow it to dry, and set your cheese dome on top. How cute is that?!

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For Skippy’s birthday I had several of these in varying heights with two or three cupcakes each, grouped as a center piece on the table. I didn’t get a photo of that either, but it was so stinkin’ cute!

They can also be used to display seasonal arrangements, decor, or other little treasures. It’s inexpensive (I usually pay between $.50-$2 per component), and so very easy. Give it a try!

36 comments:

mommynoodles said...

Super Cute!!

Barb said...

Great idea. Beautiful.
thanks
barbara jean

Dresser Girl said...

OH MY STARS!! I love those!! TOTALLY CUTE!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Very cute, Holly!!! :)

Debbie @ The Shabby Bungalow said...

What a fantastic idea - know what I will be looking for in the charity shops :) Thanks for sharing

southerninspiration said...

adorable, girl!!! I love those!

Suzanne

melissa * 320 Sycamore said...

Love this idea, Holly! And the cheetah print shoes at Kmart? Who-da thought~so cute!

Carmen said...

Great idea!!!

Sherri S said...

I've made my own cloche with glass items. Began working on my own cake plate this weekend. Spray painting is involved. LOL I love the jar idea!

Country Dreaming said...

Holly---

I love it! What a great idea and I need more ideas like I need a hole in my head but this will be one I'm going to try! :)

Melinda

Tracy Suzanne said...

Super cute ideas Holly. You know I just love seeing average things turned extrodinary!
Have a terrific Tuesday...Tracy

dixie said...

I really like the little jars on the candlesticks. Very cute idea!!! And you know I already love the plate, candlestick and cheese dome things!!!

Lisa said...

This is great!!! I just love your blog and all your ideas

cindy@cottage instincts said...

GREAT idea! I love clear glass anything...I'll have to give this a go. Thanks for stopping by my blog. :o)

Joanna @ The Casa said...

OK, now I have something else to keep an eye out for at thrift shops!

Holly K said...

Hi Holly (I don't meet many other women named Holly),

I found your blog through the BlogFrog network and wanted to come over and say hello. You are clearly very talented when it comes to finding deals and then crafting them into something useful and beautiful. I would totally buy the apothecary jars if I saw them in a store. So nice to discover your blog - I will be back for sure.

p.s. I noticed you have a BlogFrog widget on your site - welcome! If you have any questions or suggestions for impreovements, just let us know.

Holly (co-founder TheBlogFrog)

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Those look fabulous - can't believe your prices.

Beth said...

What a collection! Really cute idea.

cmluvs2stamp said...

Once again, another great idea! I need to over to my Goodwill. Thanks

Annette said...

Great idea! I am going to start looking for these pieces at my local thrift stores.

Amy@theredheaddiaries.blogspot.com said...

Love it!!!! I just started making these also but I am having a hard time finding plates. I never thought to put the candlesticks on the jars. I can't wait to try that!!!! I did find the candlesticks at Dollar Tree in case you ever need more and can't find them :) Thanks for the great tips!!!

Raise Them Up said...

Wow! What a neat idea! My eyes have been opened now in new ways for the next time I visit Good Will!

LuLu said...

This is so cleaver!!! Oh my goodness I just love it and I am so bummed I don't have either to make one for myself,
xo,
LuLu

Caroline@ FOREVER VINTAGE said...

I've actually been wanting to try this out for some time. I too have collected quite a bit of glass just this summer. Thanks for the inspiration I love how yours turned out.

~Linds~ said...

Holly!

I am so envious of your great glass collection! What great decor, and soooo classy!
Thanks so much for your sweet comment!

Lindsay
www.passengerseatkindofgirl.com

Embellished Bayou said...

Great idea, the possibilities are endless with this kind of project!

Blue Creek Home said...

I love all your pretty glass. And I love the cupcake idea - I know it was lovely.
Rhonda

Heather said...

You have an award waiting on my blog!

sarah said...

I love it! I am totaly making these! thanks for the idea

Rita @ Goodwill Haunting said...

I love this idea ... very creative! Would make a great gift filled with goodies and wrapped in cellophane with a bow ... thanks for sharing

Desires of the Heart said...

This is a fantastic idea!!! Way to go! So many cute combinations you made. I just love it!!!!Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Linda

Jenny said...

I love that! I thought I was so smart when I glued some glass jars on candlesticks last week! LOL!

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

Great post, as usual! Funny, too, because I have a similar post sitting in my draft box...

I've nominated you for a blog award---keep up the good work!

Great post, as usual!

I've nominated you for a blog award---keep up the good work!

http://free2befrugal.blogspot.com/2009/10/one-lovely-blog-and-15-more.html

:)

Barbara Jean said...

too swweet!!

Do those small bases on the candlesticks hold a plate and dome up ok?
seems it would be tipsy.
I'm planning on making some of these so want to know all!

blessings and thanks

barbara jean

Holly said...

I haven't had any problems with tipping. I do recommend finding a wider based candlestick for cakeplates, both for stability and for looks (scale/proportion). If possible, the taller the candlestick, the wider the base.
That being said, the first one I ever made (see my post Oct 10, 2008) I used one with a smallish base, and didn't have any problems with it.

Fanchy said...

I loved your idea and copied it myself! I linked to you from my own blog crediting your tutorial. Thanks for enlightening my creative spirit!! Jen @ Noting Grace

http://notinggrace.blogspot.com/2010/02/my-attempt-at-diy-clocheapothecary-jars.html