Glass or wood candlestick at least 5" tall
old sheet music
Hot Glue Gun and sticks
Chinet Paper Plates
Cardboard from a cereal box
Glass Glitter in silver
small 8" salad plate to use as a template
Large Spool of thread
Please Read Through Directions Before Beginning!
We will be using layers of paper plates and cardboard hot glued to a glass candlestick, edged with a scalloped border and covered with sheet music decoupage and glittered for a whimsical cake stand display piece.
Begin by stacking 3 paper plates together and using 8" china plate- trace around it with pencil to get a cutting line.
Keeping them stacked together cut along pencil line-
be aware that they will shift as you cut.
Use 8" plate again to trace a circle on to the cereal box cardboard.Cut out circle.
Using PVA glue begin layering paper plate circles together with last layer being the cereal cardboard on top.
Place under a big stack of heavy books while continuing on to next step. Or, if it's getting late, glue all layers and let dry overnight (yes, it's actually 4 layers)
Using the large spool of thread as a template-
trace on to the remaining cereal box cardboard to make 26" worth of scalloped edging for side of cake stand.
I used a border stamp by Stampers Anonymous (item # U4-1149) for a template.
The circumference of cake stand top is found by multiplying the width (8") by 3.14 (or Pi) so ours will be roughly 26 inches-and 1 1/2" tall.
Cut out and trace border onto sheet music and set aside.
Hot glue paper plate circles to glass (or wood) candlestick keeping cereal box cardboard on the top.
Hot glue scalloped border to edge of paper plate with small bead of glue.
Continue around side until it is all covered.
It can be trimmed if needed to make finished ends meet up nicely.
I didn't overlap mine.
This will be covered with another layer of paper so don't freak out if its messy or you can see glue!
Now is the fun part!
Tear sheet music into workable strips and coat with decoupage medium and cover glass candlestick and bottom of cake stand till entirely covered.
Allow to dry several hours in the upside down position.
When dry, turn over and cover the entire top in the same process or for a faster cover, cut out an 8" circle of the sheet music and coat paper plate surface with decoupage medium and apply circle and brush on more medium on top and allow to dry for several more hours.
Cover scalloped border with sheet music that you traced earlier using
Now you should have a cute little cake stand that can be glittered around the edges and used to display your pincushions or fake foods or jewelry or whatever you want.
This is not intended for food items to be placed directly on it- although you could display food items on a real plate and put it on this-
it's pretty hard and steady once completely dried- 24-48 hours.
I made one of these several years ago and covered it with random vintage book pages.
You could use any paper you like to convey a theme or just paint it-
It's a great way to repurpose unused candlesticks and recycle those paper plates and cereal boxes while saving money on displays for your cherished objects.
Let me know if you make one and I will share it here if you like!
I ran out of decoupage medium and need to make a trip to the craft store for more but I will show you a photo of the other one that I made.
The border on this one was made from some teachers supply bulletin board border that I had found at the Dollar Store.
I also used a shorter candlestick and it made it more difficult to see the base.
I also used gesso on the glass candlestick and then painted it with several coats of cream colored acrylic paint before gluing it to the paper plates.
I didn't completely cover it with sheet music and I wiped some brown stain on it to age it a little.
I will add more pictures here when I get the cake stand display finished- I know glass glitter is difficult to find (try here) but I highly recommend it due to the tarnished look it gets over time- it turns almost black and makes your project look old and vintage. I'm off to get more decoupage medium...I am thinking about putting holes in the scalloped border to hang little things from...bottlecaps...buttons...hearts...or maybe wizard of oz appropriate items like crows stamped on punched cardboard or tiny scrolls (diplomas) or red glittered Barbie shoes...
be back in a flash!
Love & Stitches,