Ready for one of the easiest wedding DIY’s ever? And really, they go beyond weddings. Think cute showers, dinner parties… Anywhere you want to step it up a notch and show off some pretty desserts.
Vintage glass cake stands.
We opted for an “all-included” type venue, a beautiful, character-filled restaurant in one of Vancouver’s prettiest gardens. I still wanted to put my mark on our wedding, and they will luckily let us bring in some of our own foods, like family recipes and favourite desserts. I decided to make a special table dedicated to all those little treats, complete with unique cake stands.
To stop myself from wanting to DIY everything at our wedding, my projects need to hit two requirements: Will they add the personal touch I’m looking for? Are they actually cheaper to DIY? Or would it be more cost effective to buy or rent for the day? Is the effort worth it?
To DIY or to buy new… Let’s see how these stack up.
1. Money: Much cheaper! Even my more expensive stands were reasonable: 7 dollars for a stand and 4 dollars for the plate (and these were new from Ikea!) Compare that to these ones from Anthro for $38… If you’re doing many like me, it’s definitely worth it!
2. Personal: Since each one is unique, they add a lot of interest and personality to a wedding. These hit that vintage note I was looking for.
3. Effort: Major pay off for very little effort. Trust me, it took less than two minutes per stand!
I started off with some plates, platters, candle sticks and wine glasses from Value Village, planning on spraying them glossy white.
When I started trying them out though, I loved the look of the sparkly glass and the shadows it make on the table! I opted to go all glass instead.
For this project, you’ll need:
Glass plates: Most vintage plates will be scratched, so I got the majority of mine from Ikea, which actually ended up being cheapest anyway. The plain smaller plates were only $1 each! The detailed larger ones were $4 a piece. The more detail the better.
Glass candle sticks or wine glasses: These are the most important element in your cake stand. I found narrow sticks that taper out on the top and the bottom were the nicest. Make sure to get ones with wide bottoms, especially if you’re using heavier plates.
E6000 Craft Adhesive: This is an industrial bond-to-any-material adhesive. I actually started out with Elmer’s glue that’s made for glass, but this one worked so much better. You can find it at Michael’s and Home Depot. It’s the same stuff I used for my refinished jewelry box.
Q-Tips to clean up any excess glue
Ready for the crazy easy steps?
1. Try out different plate and base combinations to find one you like.
2. Apply adhesive to the rim of your chosen base.
3. Carefully place your plate on top and hold for about 30 seconds. (You could let it cure for about 10 minutes before gluing for maximum adhesion, but I found they were fine this way!)
4. I let them sit overnight to be safe. Personally, I would still be very careful with them with washing and that sort of thing, but they seem very sturdy to me!
It’s hard to capture just how much they sparkle, especially since we don’t have much natural light in our kitchen, but I’ll do my best!
The detailed plates are definitely my favourites. They’re so lovely and delicate…
And their shadows create such beautiful patterns on the table.
I was surprised to see that even this plate stands out. It doesn’t have any fine details, but the rounded bottom creates wonderful shadows.
By far though, this one is my favourite. Both the plate and the candle stick are from Ikea, and my guess is they’re from the same line… They just work so well together!
I’m so happy with how they turned out. I want to make a cute pennant banner to go above them too. My other projects are still… well… works in progress. I’ll keep you posted.
Are you in the midst of wedding planning and working on any DIY’s? What criteria do you follow for your projects? Are things going just as planned for you? I’d love to hear how it’s going!