Anthro-Inspired Serving Tower

There are some beautiful serving pieces cropping up around blogland, using all sorts of great materials, and I’ve been wanting to do something similar. In browsing Anthro a couple of weeks ago (I know I know, I actually went in the store – but I had a good friend on speed dial in case I succumbed to anything too crazy) I came across a serving tower made from beautiful white dishes and cups, stacked on top of each other.

Now because I was in an Anthro-high-price stupor, I did not take a picture of this lovely item. And of course it is nowhere on line. This is the closest thing I could find on their site. You get the idea.

I wanted mine to be a bit more colorful though . . .

I scoured our local thrift store and found a great selection of pretty plates and cups.

In trying to decide what would be best to glue these dishes together I came across the DIY Club Challenge – which requires you to use certain projects to participate. One of the projects is Gorilla Glue. I thought this would be a great option. I ran out and picked up some and started gluing! Some of it even ended up on the plates. :)

To start I wanted the bottom plate raised just a bit, so I used an upside down dessert plate as the base.

For each layer, I measured the two pieces that would be glued together and traced a circle with a removable marking pen so I would know where to put the glue.

I added the glue to the base plate.

And placed the dessert plate on the glue ring.

Then I wanted to add some weight to the plates, similar to a clamp. And what better to weight down some lovely dishes – but the classics. :)

Pretty easy right? I just repeated these steps for each layer. The glue holds really well. I checked each level as I glued it and everything held very tight.

And again. . .

Until Ta Daaaah! We have a lovely serving tower.

And more pictures – cause I’m in love.

Now I need some chocolate. And cream puffs. And maybe some mini cupcakes. . . . :)

*** Update: My good friend Debbie asked how much I saved. I should have included that! I spent just under $10 on the plates and glue. I’m not sure how much the Anthro version was – but the lamp I linked to is &198. Not too bad huh?****


  • Reply June 1, 2010


    great idea! it’s so cute!

    greetz from germany (:

  • Reply June 17, 2010


    Just finished mine that I made inspired by your design. Many thanks for the ideas. Bought the dishes at local charity shops and car boot sales, and will be selling at our church fete at the cream tea stall this weekend – can you get more English?
    Fingers crossed for sunshine in Northamptonshire!

  • Reply August 21, 2010


    What an awesome idea! I think I might have to try this! :)

  • Reply September 13, 2010

    Cheri Peoples

    You should enter this at our DIY Monthly Contest, as well.


  • Reply September 13, 2010


    It’s really cute! There are so many variations on this that could be done~thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply September 13, 2010


    i love this idea, want to do the same…

  • Reply September 25, 2010


    Love this idea!!!

  • Reply October 1, 2010


    this is amazing… there’s nothing a girl + her gorilla glue can’t do!

  • Reply October 7, 2010


    Just wanted to let you know that
    our monthly DIY contest is up and since you have never entered this into a monthly contest you can enter it. The prize package is $1,500 this month.


  • Reply October 14, 2010


    Hmmm. I actually have some of the same plate patterns that you have. Think I’ll do this too to hold the See’s Candies for my Christmas party. Thanks!!

  • Reply January 7, 2011


    This is so beautiful! I have made something similar with plates and candlesticks but I think I like this one better. I wonder if there is any way to make the pieces detachable for easier storage.
    Thanks for sharing! :)

  • Reply March 18, 2011


    I love this tower. So simple but eligant!
    Oh yes I love your blog so so many nice ideas!

  • Found this on Pinterest, and love it more knowing it’s yours!

    caroline @ c.w.frosting

  • Reply May 20, 2011


    This is so easy to make! Would be great for a centerpiece at a lovely party! Make it grand with 2 or three!!

  • Reply May 31, 2011


    This is awesome. I am an EVERYTHING Tea Party LOVER..collector of china, recipes and any and all tea related goodies..this is so neat-o. I know it is an older post but you should link this awesome post up to my Tea Party Tuesday Link up for the gals..they would LOVE this. Now I am off to get supplies………………….

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  • Reply July 15, 2011

    Mary Cate

    You can also easily drill through the pieces, use a long threaded rod, a finial at the top, then dismantle and store more flat when not in use.

  • Reply August 18, 2011

    Dopey LaRue

    We should start a group blog for Anthro-inspired DIY ;-)

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