Some time ago I fell in love with a lamp that was available at Anthropologie.  I didn’t need a lamp,  so I started thinking of ways to recreate the look in a form that was more useful.  I came up with a fun bird bath, instead, using items I purchased at Goodwill San Antonio.  Someone suggested that I adapt the idea to make a cake stand, and I thought that was a perfect idea!  Here’s how I made my teapot dessert stand, which would be a really fun centerpiece for a tea or party.
This post first appeared at Dollar Store Crafts, where I am a contributor.
  • Bowl
  • Tea pot
  • Various cups, containers, and saucers
  • Large plate
  • E-6000 glue
  • Primer or adhesion promoter
  • Spray paint
Begin by collecting the items you need.  Ever since I made my bird bath I’ve started buying every tea pot I find when I am at Goodwill.  For this project I recommend using a wide bowl for the bottom, to ensure that your cake stand will not be too top heavy and flip over.  I usually start with more saucers and tea cups than I need, so I have options to choose from.
Start stacking the items until you find a set that is visually appealing to you.  The most important thing is to have a wide, sturdy base, so the entire thing does not topple over.  I like to try several different arrangements until I find the one that looks best to me.
Use E-6000 to glue the pieces together.  Start from the base, and glue the bottom two pieces together. Let it set for a few minutes, then proceed to the next piece.  You may want to use a level to make sure that your tower doesn’t start to lean.  You don’t want the top plate to be crooked It would be embarrassing to have your cake slide off!
Once the cake stand has been assembled, it’s time to paint!  I took a short cut and used spray paint.  You could also use multi-surface paints or glass paint to achieve a different finish.
Food will be on the top plate, so you want to keep that food safe and spray paint free.  I turn my projects upside down on a box so I can spray paint everything but the top of the top plate.
Since my ceramic surfaces were slick, I used a spray on adhesion promoter (like primer).  After that had dried, I then spray painted the cake stand.  If you wanted to take it up a notch, you could use stencils to add pretty designs to the piece.
Isn’t this a fun way to turn unused pieces into something that will be useful and loved?  My dessert stand gets LOTS of attention, and it’s just such a fun piece to have at a get together.  I’ve used it at two Goodwill San Antonio crafting events I have co-hosted, and this piece always gets lots of compliments.  I love to pull it out every time I have a party…it makes the cutest mini cupcake stand!  Have fun crafting and creating!



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