Do you like my arty photo? It's hardly of the Pleasant View Schoolhouse standard, but I am trying. Anyway, you may have seen similar mismatched china cake stands around on vintage markets and fairs, they actually cost quite a bit of money to buy, but the average gal can make them quite easily and cheaply if they have a drill and the right fittings.
I made these with the youngest girl this weekend. I have an awful lot of spare plates knocking around the place - it's a by-product of buying antiques at auction as a job lot, there's always a plate or two you don't know quite what to do with. We chose plates that went well together - they don't have to match, but they do have to have the right kind of ratio (see photo below).
You have to find the centre of each plate, stick a little masking tape over the centre mark, drill a hole into the plate (my DH said, "apply a firm pressure, but don't press too hard." However, I have the upper body strength of a newly fledged pigeon so had to press with all my might.) and next, screw your fitting as per the instructions on the kit - or just use your common sense.
Et voila! Cake stand a go go.
You may ask yourself, "Dulce Domum, what on God's green earth are you going to do with four cake stands?" and you'd be right in asking. First, I'm going to try to flog them. However, my ebay shop is more traditional antiques than fun vintage-y things - and I doubt if I'll get any takers. So, if all else fails, I'm going to use them during the Jubilee celebrations (they're mostly red, white and blue). The minor snag to that idea is that I have no idea what to do for the Jubilee. I did say to the DH that I'd like to drink Gin and Dubonnet (Her Majesty's favourite tipple) in honour of her long and glorious reign, but feel there needs to be more to the whole shebang than me getting squiffy on upper class booze. The sensible thing to do is to share the upper class booze and invite friends round for a bit of a garden party, which is where the patriotic cake stands come in.
Anyway, I have this week's sales to wrap up and post before I pick the kids up for their orthodontists appointment, so I must drag my ample behind off the blogosphere.
Anon, gentle reader. Anon!