Friday, April 18, 2014

Paint your Own Custom Cake Plates and Planters

If you have an upcoming birthday party or other celebration,
these inexpensive, painted cake plates can add a
pop of WOW to your table!
I'm a portrait photographer, so I made the cake plates to
use in photo shoots and they cost just a few dollars each!
Start at a thrift store and look for fun shapes to put
together.  The base can be a vase, candlestick holder...
Let your imagination run wild in the glassware section.
Then select plates with fluted, cutout... or any edge that pleases you.
I paid less than a dollar for some of these vases.
You will go wild thinking up cake plates!
Start by placing the base on the bottom of the plate.
Don't affix it yet....just spray paint it like this:

I used spray paint that already has primer in it and it did
a great job of adhering to the glass.
I experimented with both glossy and satin finishes.
This red one is the glossy.  I like this better.

I wanted to try this little blue cake plate for cupcakes.
I painted this with the satin.
The satin works nicely for my photography because
I don't get the glare.
But you may prefer the glossy if you're using them for actual serving.

I saw these little fruit cups and goblets at the thrift store
and thought they would make pretty cupcake holders!

After I got the bottoms painted, I left them to dry
then flipped them over and painted the tops.
I let that dry.

To stick the base to the plate, I used Silicone.
I asked for this in the paint department at Home Depot.

This is why I affix AFTER painting...
I can see exactly where to place the base.

Wipe off any excess with a paper towel.

Here are my creations using my friend Wanda's
amazing FAKE CAKES!
If you want to learn how to make fake cakes  CLICK HERE.
The red and yellow cake plates are painted with the gloss,
the others are painted with a satin finish.

These colorful, custom cake stands make a bold statement
on your table.  Spray paint them to match your theme or d├ęcor.
You can repaint them for another occasion!
Group several together for parties or celebrations.
If you use these for actual food, DO NOT place food directly
on the painted plate. 
Use a doily.  You can find doilies at the dollar store for cheap!


I use them all the time in birthday portraits.

To take this a step further, my artistic friend Wanda used
the same concept to make a wonderful planter.
This time, affix an array of bowls and glasses like this:
(Affix before you paint.)

Spray paint the entire thing with a stone finish spray paint.

Now you have a fabulous, unique custom plant stand!

You are only limited by your imagination!