Bedtime Stories Baby Shower Part 3: Temporary Cake Stands

I have two more posts to share with you from the Bedtime Stories baby shower (part 1 & part 2) that I threw for our friend Diana back in November (ps, Baby Noah is here! And as adorable as can be).

When putting together the dessert buffet that was sort of the focal point of the dining room, I wanted to create a few tiered cake stands that would add a little height and variety. In the past I’ve covered boxes or stacks of books with fabric so that certain platters would be higher than others, but this time around I came up with a temporary adhesive solution so that I could turn a few of my favorite plates, vases and candle holders into cake stands without any permanent damage (I’ve also gone the super glue route with thrift store finds).

This is a trick I will use time and again! It’s so easy.


Temporary Cake Stands

Materials: any sort of glassware, platter, plate, dish or vase, adhesive putty

My trick to getting a fairly good stick with stacking dishware is by using an adhesive putty like this one. It’s available at nearly all craft and home improvement stores and the brand isn’t important, but you want to look for a product that claims a strong but removable stick.

The process of assembling is pretty simple. I applied a layer of the adhesive to the edge of the glassware and plates making sure to cover as much surface space as possible.

Since I was covering an area of the vases/plates that wouldn’t be seen, I applied a thick layer:

Then I turned the vase/candlestick/dish over and pressed it into the center of my plate or platter for at least 30 seconds. You could use a utility knife to clean up any edges if you wanted a cleaner look.

Using this technique a made a few different tiered stands for our selection of desserts.

At the end of the shower I simply pulled off all of the putty and washed each dish. No harm done!


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  1. says

    This is a great idea! I always forget about that stuff and hadn’t thought of using it in this way. I’ve made lots of permanent stands, but there have been a few things I would have liked to do temporarily- now I can. Thanks!

  2. says

    What a great tip! I’m all about finding ways to use items without permanent damage…so I can’t wait to try this.

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