Friday, July 5, 2013

Make it Better: Quick-Change Pedestal Platter DIY

I adore pedestal cake platters and pretty stands with three tiers. I like the way they add dimension to a table scheme -- they just make anything on them look more appetizing.

Here are a few from Mackenzie-Childs that I've been eyeing for a while.

Buying one of these was on my wish list, but it was bothering me that they would take up so much space while not in use. It was also bothering me that I had this Mackenzie-Childs cup-like thing lying around. It once held hand soap, but broke, and because the pattern is so pretty, I did not throw it away. It was somewhat useless, however -- the inside is not coated, so it wouldn't really do as a cup. I had used it as a small vase, and I suppose I could use it to hold pencils or toothbrushes, but when we had friends over yesterday, it finally made it's true purpose clear: it was meant to be the stand on the pedestal platter I had wanted.

Using a hot glue gun, I attached the cup-like container to the bottom of the plate I wanted to use. The best part about using hot glue for this project is that when it's time to store the pedestal platter, the plate pops right off the stand, so they can be stored separately. This makes storing them much easier than if the stand stayed on permanently, and they can also be used separately if needed.

I did buy the plate to match, but by buying just the plate and not the cake stand Mackenzie-Childs offers, not only was it less expensive, but it also makes both pieces more versatile.

Mackenzie-Childs Courtly Check Enamel Pedestal Platter
Mackenzie-Childs Aurora Enamel Pedestal Platter

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