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.  So below I’ve let you know how to make a vintage cake stand.


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Want to know how to make a vintage cake stand? Head over to my blog where I show you how. You can make them for yourself or to sell.

How to make a vintage cake stand

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 to make a vintage cake stand:

  1. A selection of vintage china plates, best place to find these are your local car boot sale, charity shops or ebay.
  2. A cake stand fitting, these can be found here.
  3. A drill, I recommend purchasing a cheap drill that you use only for plates, this is the one I use.
  4. 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!
  5. A pen.
  6. A ruler or measuring tape.


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Vintage Plates

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Drill bit for drilling china plates

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cake stand fitting

Step 1

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.


Step 2

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.


Step 3

Repeat the drilling process until you have drilled all plates.


Step 4

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 my Etsy shop to view more vintage cake stands?



Head over to my blog post to see how easy it is to make a vintage cake stand. You can do this for yourself or to make them to sell!





It is coming up to a year since I started blogging so I have decided to dedicate this post to the three most important lessons for me this year…


Nothing is set in stone

Before starting to blog I read a lot of “how to” blog posts.  From this I concluded that sometimes I can know and read far too much!  One of the first lessons that comes to mind is being flexible.  I started my blog off with all good intentions but I now understand that life gets in the way and while I would love to write 5 new blog posts per week, it’s not realistic for me.  My current schedule is realistic for me and I’m very happy with it.  Although if there are times I don’t stick to it I’m not too hard on myself.


Continue to be inspired

I still find time to read other blogs.  I find them truly inspirational.  When I think I’m getting too hung up on my own schedule,  I take time to relax and read other blogs.  There are some days when I’m a little fed up with my blog, taking the time to read other’s posts is a fantastic way to feel inspired again.


Be open to learn something new

I am a 40+ blogger.  To be honest, I had thought I was too old to start this blogging malarkey!  Not so.  I love learning new things and blogging has taught me so much.  I am fascinated with bloggers, I’m interested in what they are up to, what they are creating, what they are sharing.  I also love bloggers who share their top tips on various topic.  I always learn from them and appreciate the time they have taken to share with me.  You too can learn something new by continuing to read other blogs and you can also teach others.



What have you learnt from blogging?  I’d love to hear from you.



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Lylia Rose


Mixing the old with the new,  Reusing a Vintage Necklace

Mixing the old with the new can give you a fantastic look.  Here I have used a vintage faux pearl necklace and teamed it up with a vintage brooch  This makes a stunning necklace which is  handmade, re-used and re-purposed vintage piece. It is such a great look. The necklace is 26 inches in length.


Vintage necklace

Vintage necklace

Vintage necklace

So why buy vintage?
For me vintage means quality, it means it was made with care and attention that mass produced cannot match.

For me it means history. Whatever the item it has been pre loved, it has been pre cherished. It is a key to the past with every item having it’s own history and every vintage item particularly the older pieces have a beautiful romanticism about them, quite often we won’t know the history of each item, but it is easy to be swept away to past times .

For me it means individualism. Most items are one offs or limited finds. There are so many different styles and beautiful flourishes to vintage items that our modern mass produced items just cannot come close.

To purchase this necklace visit my shop here.