For the last three years, it’s become a gift giving tradition for me to give my plate and bowl cake stand gifts filled with treats as holiday and special occasion gifts. Some of you may remember last year’s cake stands that I made out of melamine plates for teacher gifts that I filled with the holiday peppermint Oreo’s (keep you’re eye out for the Oreo’s they should be coming out soon!!):
This year, I have decided that I’m making cake stands out of cheap white plates and bowls (Dollar Store has the cool square plates) and adding chic gold dots with the cool enamel (oil-based) Sharpies for the holidays. I recently made cupcakes for a friend and thought I would share the tutorial for making the stands. However, stay tuned because I have a recipe for an amazing cake and gift wrap idea for this year’s cake stands that I’m going to be sharing shortly for the holidays. In the meantime, let’s jump into how to make the cake stand part of the project today!
The main thing that you need to know about the plate and bowl is that it’s best if the bottoms of both are flush. I know there are some that have thick ridges and that’s ok as long as it sits flush. You need to have something more than a narrow ridge for the E6000 to stick to:
If you want to add gold dots or a design, it’s a lot easier to draw your designs before gluing your piece together:
The most important thing to know about using the Sharpie is that you need to use the oil-based Sharpie. If you can’t find it at your craft store, Home Depot has it in the paint department (it’s on an end cap). The regular based Sharpie will not work. The gold in the oil based is like liquid gold! It’s the perfect gold!
I wrote my name on a coffee mug in the oil based just to test it and ran it through the dishwasher and it looked perfect and I shared a pic on my Instagram last week of it:
Before using the Sharpie, you will want to wipe the area with alcohol first and let it dry completely. If you make a mistake, you can just wipe away with alcohol, let it dry and start over. The gold will bleed if the alcohol is not dry.
For the gold dots, I just kept them medium size for this stand:
The possibilities are endless and you can write things like a monogram, names and dots on the plate like these that I have started making for the holidays:
To glue the plate and bowl together you will need E6000 glue:
Over the years, I have tried other glues and the only thing that works is the E6000. Once it sets 24-48 hours, it’s permanent and there is no way to pull them apart.
The deal is that E6000 alone takes at least 24-48 hours to completely set so adding dots of hot glue will hold it tightly together until it sets. You’ll want more E6000 than hot glue and what I do is squeeze a generous amount of E6000 around the center of the bottom of the bowl leaving spots for hot glue (you do not want the hot glue and E6000 to mix). Center the bowl onto the plate and push together and hold for at least 60 seconds:
After 60 seconds, you can wipe away any glue excess with a Q-Tip. Turn the stand over so the weight of the plate helps add pressure to the bowl. Again, it will take at least 24-48 hours for the E6000 to set. I never touch them for at least 48 hours just to make sure.
I love the mini-cake stand too and this would be great for chocolates too:
I can’t wait to share the cake recipe with you shortly for the cakes that I’m making to go on to these stands for the holidays. I will post it soon and I will also link it here as well.
Thanks for hanging out with me today and I’ll be back for Paint It Monday!
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