Layered cake stand is so effective and really very simple to make: the time-consuming part is collecting all the plates and glasses together. Old-fashioned tea and dinner services are full of plates and dishes we don’t use now. There are special dishes for bread and butter and muffins, stands to go under terrines and teapots, and countless different plates for each course of the meal.
Incomplete dinner services and tea sets and pretty individual plates can be found everywhere and these lovely stands can be made of graduating-sized pieces, from two to about seven layers high.
You can use little liqueur glasses, candlesticks, bud vases, teacups, cut-glass pots or tiny shot glasses to sandwich between each layer. You can go for a totally eclectic look if you need a present in a hurry, or carefully rummage around shops and markets or your dresser to find a selection that are a match made in heaven. It is probably a good idea not to use any really precious pieces, as gluing together a whole set of early, hand-painted, priceless porcelain does not have quite the right preservation principles we should have in mind.
Material you will need
selection of gradually-sized plates, saucers and perhaps a teacup;
little glasses or vases to stack;
instant gel adhesive or glass bonding glue;
wipe-off marker pen.
How to make a layered cake stand
1 Decide how many layers you would like to assemble the plates you are going to use. Choose a theme, style, age or colour of plate, if you have a time to plan the stand. A serving, main course, starter, side and tea plate from the same set make a really simple stand. Whatever plates you choose, arrange them with the largest first and gradually getting smaller, with something interesting to go on the top if you like – a teacup, a sugar bowl or even a little vase looks lovely. Choose the glass stackers that go in between each layer and check that they all fit inside or outside the lip on the base of whichever plate they are to support, and that they an even rim so you can glue all the way around.
2 Clean and dry everything really well. Place the first stacker right in the middle of the largest plate and use a wipe-off marker pen to draw a circle around the base of it. Turn the next plate upside down and stand the stacker on its head in the centre of the plate’s base. Draw a circle around the rim of the stacker, so that you have all the positions of the pieces marked.
3 Then, starting with the largest plate, squeeze a plentiful, even amount of glue around the base of the first stacker and place it inside the marked circle. Make sure that you do not glue over the marker pen line or you will be not able to wipe it off when everything is stuck together.
4 Let each layer dry before attaching the next layer. finally, finish the stack with a single plate or a teacup and saucer or vase at the top.
5 Make a box that fits the stand so that it can be transported safely. The finer the glassware you use, the more delicate the stand will be. Pile it up high with cakes, biscuits and sandwiches, or use it as a stand for jewellery, trinkets and baubles.