In order to set out lunch and afternoon tea perfectly, I decided to make some cake stands using second hand tea sets and plates.
With the help of my co bridesmaid, the very talented and crafty Susie, we set about tracking down some vintage china from op shops around Melbourne.
We came up with a nice little selection including this trio, a bargain I found on gumtree.
I purchased the metal cake stand hardware from My E Room on Etsy. Here is the link for the listing of the set that I bought. It included 5 sets of metal stands, washes and a screw. I also purchased a 6mm diamond core drill bit, made especially for drilling porcelain, china and ceramic from the same store.
To make the stands you will need:
- Three pieces of china - plates, tea cups, matching or mismatched
- The cake stand hardware
- A drill
- A drill bit designed for drilling porcelain, china or ceramic the same size as your cake stand hardware
- A tape measure
- A marker
- A screw driver
The process of constructing the cake stand is pretty simple.
- Measure and mark the centre of your chosen china
- Follow your drill instructions to drill a hole through the china on the marker (or in my case ask Susie to do this step due to Susie owning a drill and me running out of time to complete the project!)
- Screw the cake stand hardware together through each of your cups and plates, with the smallest piece of crockery on the top and the largest on the bottom.
- Tighten with a screw driver
Fill with dainty sweets for a vintage inspired high tea.
Ok confession time, I forgot to take photos of the stands in use at the hens party, but these photos give a little bit of an idea.
The cake stands will get a second run as decorations at the wedding in April. Then I think I'll give them a second life as jewellery stands!