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?****