UncategorizedThe Cakestands April 18, 2011I made these cakestands for Ashley’s Party and Shower: I knew I wanted some beautiful floral cakestands for the center piece of her shower’s dessert spread. Ashley LOVES flowers and bright colors. I thought about trying to find some cakestands to purchase, but knew that would be difficult since I had such a specific thing in mind. Then, I remembered seeing these plates at Anthropologie and knew they were perfect for Ashley! I had seen a feature on The Nate Berkus Show where they made cakestands out of plates and candlesticks. So, off to the thrift store I went. Oh a previous Thrifty Find Friday I talked about a special plan I had for some candlesticks…well, here it is! What you will need to make this project for yourself: Plates (varying sizes or whatever you’d like!) Candlesticks (vases would work too) Epoxy Glue (you can get this at Lowe’s) Sandpaper 1.) First, lightly sand the top of the candlesticks as well as the bottom of the plate where you will adhere it. This is just to rough it up enough to make the glue stick. 2.) Wipe down the sanded areas with a wet cloth to get rid of any dust left over. 3.) Mix the Epoxy Glue on a disposable surface. 4.) Apply the Epoxy Glue to the top of the candlesticks. The glue comes with a spreader and that worked perfectly. You do not want to touch this stuff! Chris was so sweet to help! 5.) Adhere the candlesticks to the backs of the plates. We found that this worked best if you flipped the plates over. 6.) Leave them sitting in this position for at least 15 minutes. 7.) Enjoy them!!!! These ended up being so sturdy, and of course, pretty! I stacked them for the cupcake stand, but you could leave them side by side as well. Just so you know, they were just stacked on top of each other and were not glued into place for that picture and they worked great! I’m excited that Ashley can use these as a tiered stand or side by side. LESSONS LEARNED: First, I learned to take more pictures of each step! I think that would make it much easier to understand and will work on that for future tutorials. And, when it says to leave it sitting still for at least 15 minutes, do it! I didn’t listen and picked it up a little too soon to look at it from a different angle. When I did, the not-yet-adhered candlestick fell off and dented our new dining table 🙁 When will I ever learn that they write instructions for a reason!