I have been longing for a 3-tier cake stand like this one for some time now to display desserts on at our wedding reception.
But at almost $75 USD and the cost of shipping I just couldn’t let myself do it. So since I have been collecting vintage china here and there over the past year for dinnerware at our reception, I decided to pull 3 of my favorite pieces from my collection and give them up for the greater good of creating my very own 3-tier cake stand. And here’s how I did it….
First I chose 3 different plates in 3 varying sizes that had similar coloring and decorative edges.
After was confident in my choices I gathered up all my tools…..
You want to determine the center of each plate by measuring straight across your plate and finding your center. Do this 3-4 times to make sure you are accurate. Then take a sharpie and make a time dot where you want to make your hole. Start drilling!
It may be a little slippery to get started but after you get going you will get the hang of it. As I drilled mine, the actual plate started to get hot. If this happens stop and run your plate under some cool water for a second to let it cool down. You can resume after a few seconds. It does take a rather long time to drill each hole. Somewhere around 20-30 minutes per plate if you are continuously drilling; so be prepared for that. After you have finished drilling all of your holes you are ready for your connectors. I chose gold plated ones to blend with the gold in my china.
Pretty simple and I didn’t spend a ton of money to make it. I figured all and all I spent about $32 total for the china and around $9 for the connectors from ebay. So for $41 I have something that looks like I spent a lot more but I get to say that I DIY’d it myself!