I don't know about you, but when I made my wedding registry, I was seriously tempted by the dishes and utensils specially intended to cut and hold your wedding cake. Those suckers are gorgeous. They are also ridiculously expensive. If you're one of the lucky girls who receives them as a gift, yippee! If not, this project will be perfect for you. Most bakeries provide a basic platform for their confections, but if you want something a little prettier and more personal, it's so simple to make your own cake stand using found dishes. Since it's affordable, too, go ahead and put together a few more for other desserts you'll serve at your reception.
To make one, you'll need: an assortment of flat plates in different sizes, short drinking glasses or candlesticks, a chopstick, and epoxy glue (you can get this at craft or hardware stores). That's all. I know! As dishes go, thrift stores have lots of great antique-y ones (picture an Anthropologie-style wedding), or hit up HomeGoods or TJMaxx for super pretty modern designs.
Start by layering the plates and glasses in different combos until you find an arrangement you like. Super fun. When you're ready to permanently assemble them, prepare your glue. Epoxy usually comes in a two-chambered contraption with a plunger, kind of like a syringe, and you mix the substances from each chamber. I used a clean jar lid to mix mine.
Stir the glue with a popsicle stick or chopstick to mix it, then spread it on the rim of your glass or candlestick. Work quickly, since this stuff dries faster than you'd think.
Center the glass on a plate, and press it down, being careful not to let too much glue leak out.
Let it sit for a few minutes, then carefully apply more glue to the upright surface of the glass (what's usually the bottom). Center a second plate (or, in my case, this shallow bowl) on top of it. Gently put a few heavy books on top to keep everything together while the glue dries.