I love figuring out how things are made. It’s kind of like discovering a secret and who doesn’t want to know a secret? ! You’re lucky I share all mine with you and today is a good one ;-)
My lovely friend Karen taught Becky and I how to craft vintage china cake stands. As well as making cakes look delicious, they are also perfect for displaying flowers as wedding table centres or for a pretty place to keep your jewellery at home!
To make them you will need…
• Vintage china – you need three items descending in size, for example a tea plate, a starter plate and a cake plate
• Three tiered cake stand dividers (ebay)
• Masking tape
• A drill with a 6mm diamond head
• A wooden chopping board
TOP TIP – A decent set of cake stand dividers should cost around £8 and include the screws, divider rods and little foam washers you need. You can buy them cheaper but they won’t be as sturdy.
How to make them…
Step 1 ~ Measure and mark the centre of your largest plate. Many cake stand dividers will come with a clear plastic guide like the one pictured which makes it much easier!
Step 2 ~ Over the centre put a small piece (about an inch) of masking tape, which stops the plate from splintering when it’s drilled
TOP TIP – Adding a few drops of water to the masking tape will keep the area cool and help prevent cracking!
Step 3 ~ Place the plate onto a wooden chopping board and drill the centre hole (please be careful and wear safety goggles for this bit)
Step 4 ~ Remove the masking tape, wipe the plate and repeat with your other items.
Step 5 ~ Now you can start screwing it all together! Starting with a flat-bottomed screw in the biggest plate, the first dividing rod, then your middle plate. Use little foam washers in between the china and any screws as this will protect the china.
Step 6 ~ Continue building with the second divider, your third plate and the final handle piece to finish!
And that’s it!
You can buy other types of the divider kits to play with different stand set-ups too…