If there’s one entertaining obsession we don’t take lightly, it’s our cake stands (seriously, you should see our collection!) So when Camille came across these gorgeous vintage pedestals on BHLDN, the crafter in me couldn’t ignore a sudden jolt of inspiration. The result? A seriously simple three-step DIY that transforms vintage plates & compotes into stackable dessert platters. The complete instructions after the jump!

  1. Head to your favorite local thrift shop and pick up three complementary plates or saucers, and three glass goblets or compotes.
  2. Line rim of compotes with glue using a hot glue gun.
  3. Quickly and firmly, press the glass against the bottom of the plate.
15 comments
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    Andrea | August 19, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Such an amazing idea! My head is swimming with possibilities.

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    rym eljisr | August 19, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I love this, and it is so unique…But doesn’t the glue fade with washing?

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    • Camille Styles | August 19, 2011 at 10:10 am

      Hey Rym – thanks, glad you enjoyed! This is definitely a hand-wash only piece. The bottom of the stand shouldn’t need heavy scrubbing, so the area around the glue can be handled with care.

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    • Tiered Treasures | September 6, 2018 at 10:39 am

      Take this old mess down ! You cannot tell people that a glue gun is going to hold dinnerware together for any length of time much less being able to wash the tiers. We all know you must use heavy duty epoxy glues that take at least two weeks to fully cure. Not hot glue. Stop leading people to embarrassment when they give them to people and they just fall apart !

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    Rebecca - A Daily Something | August 19, 2011 at 9:55 am

    So pretty! I love the idea of using colored glass, too!

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    Elise | August 19, 2011 at 10:37 am

    I also love your ring!

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    Kacie | August 19, 2011 at 11:24 am

    My sis made me a great cake stand like this from mugs and plates inspired by one that Anthropologie had! I use it a lot!

    Kacie
    A Collection of Passions

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    Lucy | August 19, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    LOVE this one!!!

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    chris | August 19, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Chanel, you’ve outdone yourself with this one! I wonder if you could make a tiered stand with different sizes of plates?

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    Nycia Emerson | August 19, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    I love it! Will definitely be making one of these soon! DIY perfect!

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    JWK | August 21, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Love these! I’ve used glass glue from the hardware store and it works great!!

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    ShoeGal | August 23, 2011 at 11:08 am

    These are just lovely I will for sure have to give it a try!

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    Amanda | March 18, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    What a waste of beautiful plates…

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    gail | March 24, 2016 at 10:26 am

    I have made many of these. When I go to parties with a dessert, I just leave the dish. Since the investment of materials (thrift stow, yard sale) is less than a few dollars. It is like a little gift. But I don’t recommend glue fun. I use E6000. From craft store. Can go in dishwasher. Takes about 3 min to dry.

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