You know I love all things vintage, that goes for sitting down with a cup of tea in my vintage china and a slice of cake on a vintage cake stand. These are not just for your special ‘me-time’ but they are great for parties too (see my post on ideas for a vintage themed garden party).
I started to make my own vintage cake stands to compliment the vintage china I already had. Here’s my guide to help you make your very own vintage cake stands.
What you will need:
- A selection of vintage china plates, best place to find these are your local car boot sale, charity shops or ebay.
- A cake stand fitting, these can be found here.
- A drill, I recommend purchasing a cheap drill that you use only for plates, this is the one I use.
- A tile drill bit, I highly recommend these ones. Do not use ordinary drill bits they just won’t cut through the china and will ruin your drill and bit!
- A pen.
- A ruler or measuring tape.
I like to make a two tier cake stand but of course it is entirely up to you but remember the biggest plate goes to the bottom. Also, check your plates all over, if there is a hairline crack in any of them when you drill they will break.
Ensure your plates are clean and dry, place them upside down and with your tape measure or ruler take the diameter of the plate and mark the centre with your pen, this is where you will drill. When I make the mark on the plate I usually measure again just to be sure.
Safety first, so put on safety goggles. Before drilling your plate place it somewhere it won’t slip and put something underneath, I use a mixing bowl with a old tea towel in it so the plate is nice and secure, I also place an old chopping board underneath.
Before starting to drill the hole it is important to place a drop of water on the plate, it is to keep the drill bit cold when drilling, it also keeps your drill bit in good order so you can use it again and again. Place your drill at an angle on the plate and start drilling slowly. Once you can feel there is a groove in the plate you can gently move the drill to an upright position and continue drilling through the plate. It really does depend on the plate and speed of your drilling on how long it takes to drill through but to give you a guide at the beginning it will probably take about 3 minutes.
Repeat the drilling process until you have drilled all plates.
You will probably need to give your plates another clean. You then attach the cake stand fittings.
You are now ready to hold a vintage tea party, enjoy 🙂
Why not visit our shop to view more vintage cake stands?