DIY cake plate

So I almost didn’t take pictures for this tutorial, since it’s pretty straight forward and has been done many times….but what the hay? why not.

It’s pretty and easy and they are oh so addicting to make! I think I made seven for Sadie’s Mary Poppins party, and they only cost about $30 total in materials…that’s much less than even ONE nice cake plate. Cha-ching!  That’s the sound of money staying IN my bank account, for once. (Rory is grateful…well, he should be)

Anyways, these are so easy to make. All you need is:
a pretty plate 
a pretty cup, bowl, or short vase. I prefer them to be wider and therefore more sturdy.
heavy duty glue (I use Gorilla Glue-the foaming stuff, and it’s fab.)
Tape (I also use Gorilla Glue tape. Not an advertisement, I promise you. I just like their glue and tape! My directions with the glue are for this specific brand and type. If you use another type, follow the instructions on the tube.)
Wash and dry your plate and cup well. Then slightly dampen the top of your cup with a wet rag. Squeeze out a THIN ribbon of glue where it will attach to the plate. This glue foams out, so make sure not to put it too close to the edge if you can.
Place it down on the bottom of the plate. I also laid out a towel to protect the plate.
Then using a strip of tape, secure it into place. Let dry for about an hour, remove the tape (it comes off easily), and then the bond is super strong and ready to go!
Make sure to wipe off the top of the glue bottle with a dry cloth each time you use it.
Then, TADA! you have a gorgeous cake plate for all kinds of treats! That you made for mere dollars!
My plate was $1.50 and my cup was 99 cents. The glue is about $5-6, and you use such a tiny bit of it, it’ll last forever!
Pile it up with treats and show them off at your next shindig. Raspberry meringues this time…they’re delish! and so easy to make. 🙂


  1. Such a brilliant idea, it also looks amazing with patterned china & tea cups, the sky is the limit with these crafty trick. I can imagine an entire buffet of gorgeousness laden with these pedestals filled with delicious treats, LOVE IT!!
    Your husband’s name is the same as my son, he’s very easy to love & cheeky, sure your husband is too, love Posie

  2. Love it!! You could even put something nice and decorative under the glass. Fab idea.

  3. I have been collecting a few vintages pieces to make a few of these for a friend’s baby shower…they seem easy enough and look so pretty 🙂
    Love your glass one.


  4. Oh this is a brilliant idea! The thing is that here in Germany there aren’t so many £1 shops and I only know one charity shop…flea markets are better called rubbish markets so I am a bit stuck in sourcing inexpensive items of any kind.

  5. i love this!! so simple

  6. Ohhh!
    hahah, I wanted to buy one of this for months, but now I’m going to simply do it.

  7. You’re right, this is super simple, but I must thank you for the product recommendations. In the next few months I have parties that I’m helping to host (a bridal shower, a Halloween party, a baby shower, Thanksgiving, and Christmas) that I wanted to make some of these for but was unsure of which glue I should use. Thank you!

  8. Awesome! Could we get the recipe too? They look delicious! Thank you….love your blog!

  9. It may be simple, but I never would have thought of that! How fantastic!

  10. I love pretty cake plates! And I love meringues! And I love raspberry! Any chance you could post the recipe? 🙂

  11. I’m with several of the others–beautiful plate, but what I really want is the recipe. 🙂

  12. I have seen people use glass candle sticks as well. My cousin uses glass epoxy and it has to dry for a few days though-I wonder if it really matters what glue you use???

  13. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it and what a lovely gift this would be, thank you for such a cute idea….now….to find that glue 🙂

  14. From someone that loves pictures and good tutorials- thank you. My son is getting married next spring and I need great ideas that wont break the bank.

  15. Love this, I feel a project in the making. Thanks for posting


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