Create and Elevate: Plate Stands

Create and Elevate: Plate Stands

Ok- I know this idea isn’t unique or mind-blowing, but it’s one of my favorite crafts that involves very few materials and is outrageously easy to do. Call them what you will, perhaps Plate Stands or Elevators (since they elevate your wares/tasty treats), but these little charmers are simple to create and come in handy around the home or as gifts.

I used the following materials to make my plate stands. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Once you have your goods gathered, start pairing up plates and candlesticks. You want to have this decision made ahead of time because epoxy will start setting quickly, so you don’t want to be making crucial match-up decisions once the glue is flowin’!

I found these little plates while thrifting and picking at antique stores, as well as these candlesticks.

Vintage dessert plates and dishes from the thrift store to be repurposed as DIY plate stands using glass or crystal candlesticks from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

My pretties!

Vintage dessert plates and dishes from the thrift store to be repurposed as DIY plate stands using glass or crystal candlesticks from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

These will do nicely.

One thing I’ve found that is important when selecting candlesticks is that a wide, flat top really lends itself to proper adhesion to the underside of a plate. Epoxy likes surface area! And don’t shy away from chipped candlesticks. As long as the chip won’t interfere with stability, it won’t be a deal breaker and may be a way to haggle on the price.

Vintage dessert plates and dishes from the thrift store to be repurposed as DIY plate stands using glass or crystal candlesticks from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Flat top = surface area for epoxy = secure adhesion

Squeeze epoxy onto the paper plate- notice the two different colors or at least the two chambers on the bottle (aka, resin and hardener)? Try and squeeze with equal pressure so that each chamber emits the same amount and then use your skewer to swirl them together.  The end blobule (blob + globule) should be uniform in color and a little cloudy- but don’t worry, that cloudiness goes away. Then use the skewer tip to carefully, and dare I say artfully, shmear the epoxy onto the wide top of your candlestick. Now you’re ready to have the candlestick and plate come together, in a very PG-kind of way.

Vintage dessert plates and dishes from the thrift store to be repurposed as DIY plate stands using glass or crystal candlesticks from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Perfect for mixing epoxy- and easy clean up, to boot.

You have a few moments to move the candlestick ever so slightly to find the center of the plate, but remember, from squeeze to early set is five minutes!

Vintage dessert plates and dishes from the thrift store to be repurposed as DIY plate stands using glass or crystal candlesticks from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A balanced pool of epoxy

Vintage dessert plates and dishes from the thrift store to be repurposed as DIY plate stands using glass or crystal candlesticks from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Hopefully this is centered!

My epoxy gets a good hold by about 30 minutes, but once you have it where you want it, leave everything for 24 hours. To really ensure an airtight cure, I use a heavy canned good (thank you, Dole pineapple!) to sit on top for the full 24 hours. After that, you’ll be good to go!

Vintage dessert plates and dishes from the thrift store to be repurposed as DIY plate stands using glass or crystal candlesticks from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Now, just leave it alone for 24 hours.

Now you have a plate stand! Easy-peasy with endless uses- and a great gift idea. Here are the ones I created for myself.

Vintage dessert plates and dishes from the thrift store to be repurposed as DIY plate stands using glass or crystal candlesticks from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

My collection

Isn’t the double decker version divine?

Vintage dessert plates and dishes from the thrift store to be repurposed as DIY plate stands using glass or crystal candlesticks from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Perfect for crudités (with the dip up top)!

And the star attraction…

Vintage dessert plates and dishes from the thrift store to be repurposed as DIY plate stands using glass or crystal candlesticks from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Prettiest plate stand ever?

So many possibilities, and they make party planning/entertaining even more special!

Craft on!

S

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