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I recently discovered that this post somehow got deleted from my blog, but I wanted to add it back with some tips I received from fellow Hometalkers.
Okay so I know these DIY dessert stand/platters are nothing new but I’m excited to have FINALLY made my own! After a quick trip to the dollar store and a little bit of time, I was able to make a customized, 4-tier dessert stand for $7! This project was soooo easy that I actually made 3 different stands. These are perfect for baby showers, birthday parties, holidays, and of course weddings.
Dollar Store DIY Dessert Stand
- Assorted plates/bowls and candlesticks – I got mine from the dollar store
Glue – Glue Gun/gluesticks, E6000, or a similar type of adhesive
I think the photos do most of the talking, but the beauty in this project is that it’s super easy and you can customize it with dishes/candle holders you already have, some thrifted ones you find, or you can hit up the dollar store as I did and find an assortment that you like.
The first thing I did was pick up a few glass plates and candlestick holders at the dollar store.
I then decided how I wanted my Dollar Store DIY Dessert Stand to look and wound up making a 4-tier stand that consisted of 3 plates, 3 candlestick holders and a smaller platter at the top. I thought it would be fun to add some small river rocks inside the candlestick holders so I poured some glue inside those and then added the rocks on top. This was a last-minute decision and the rocks were in a jar next to me which is why I grabbed them, but you can add whatever you would like inside to go along with the theme of your party, or add pops of color, etc.
I should mention here that I had used E600 glue, but if I were to do this again may try using my glue gun and gluesticks after receiving this tip from Hometalk. It’s apparently quicker to put together – no waiting 24 hours for it to dry. And then once you are finished using the stand you can pop this guy in the freezer to help the glue come apart more easily. This way you can then store the stands flat, and glue them back whenever you need them.
To attach the pieces I added some glue to the top of the candlestick holders, and to the bottom of the plate that would go on top. After I placed the plate on top I put a couple of heavy books on top and let it sit for 24 hours – this was the hardest part! I did this to each individual tier before attaching them to one another. Again, if you are using your glue gun you won’t have to wait this long and can be finished much quicker!
That’s it! Here is my Dollar Store DIY Dessert Stand all finished:
I would recommend using E6000 when gluing glass because hot glue can fail at anytime. I was at a wedding where several glass flower centerpieces came apart, crashing to the table and showering the floor with glass. One of the bridesmaids cut her hand and after that, the mood was gone. Although it would be nice to “pop” them apart and re-glue for easier storage, make sure you wish to take the risk.
Thank you for the glue tip and I have a question about whether it is safe around food?
Sorry, I thought I had mentioned this in the post but must not have. No, you would want to add something onto the plates if the food doesn’t have wrappers. Better safe than sorry!
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