Each of the above spring fever vignettes began with a cake stand. Cake stands seem to be trending now, and are available at many home decor sites. They can be used to elevate and call importance to a display. Place a favorite figurine with a few accessories on a plate stand, and in a few minutes you have a sweet arrangement. Stacks of books can be used in the same way. I wanted to have multiple cake stands without the multiple price. I was inspired by a Pinterest post to make my own cake stands. It really was very easy and quite satisfying.
I actually considered a variety of "plates" for my cake stands: saucers, orphaned plant saucers, and regular terra cotta plant saucers. I had seen a post that used the plant saucers. They used a textured stone-look spray paint. It was an interesting look and one that I was considering. Check out Our Home Away From Home blog to see what I mean.
I gave it some further thought, and asked the opinion of my husband, and together, we decided the regular saucers and plates went best with the candlesticks. These candlesticks, although inexpensive, had an elegant look to them. But, I'm still thinking about that stone textured spray paint. I just might give it a try with the right candlestick.
After gathering and choosing your materials, you will want to thoroughly wash them with soap and water. In addition, you can wipe down the glass and plates with rubbing alcohol. The idea is to create a very clean surface for the glue to bond and the paint to adhere.
Use a strong glue, especially made for glass. I chose Gorilla Glue. There appears to be many choices, but the Gorilla Glue seemed easy and straightforward to use. Follow the directions on the packaging of the glue of your choice. The Gorilla Glue recommended that one surface be slightly moistened and the glue be put on the other surface. The directions said the glue bonded best with moisture and pressure. It also cautioned that a little glue went a long way.
We chose to wet the bottom of the plates and turn them with face down on newspaper.
Then a small amount of glue was put on the top rim of the candlesticks. We carefully added books to create the pressure for bonding. Follow the directions on the glue for bonding time.
The cake stands are glued, dried, and ready for spray painting.
I have had very good experiences with the Rust-oleum line of spray paint. I have used it on numerous projects from furniture, lamp bases, mason jars, pots for plants, wastebaskets, tissue holders, and so much more. I am particularly drawn to some of the special finishes in this line and the paint and primer all-in-one. They have a line of hammered metal finishes that are really fun. For this project, I came upon the metallic pearl mist finish*. I thought I would try it.
The can does read "Paint and Primer in One". I found that if you don't use a white primer with the pearl mist, the glass will be translucent and have a beautiful pearl sheen, but the candlestick glass base and white saucer will not be all the same finish. I wanted a consistent white, pearl mist finish for the entire cake stand. I ended up priming the stands in white after my first attempt with the pearl mist. Then I applied the pearl mist and got the beautiful finish.
A. When using the pearl mist spray paint*, spray your piece with a white primer paint first. Finish with the pearl mist for a lovely sheen.
B. If you want a white glossy finish, you may be able to use one of the regular Rust-oleum Primer and Paint All in One products.
Follow the manufacturer's directions for spray painting, number of coats, and drying times. I like to do my spray painting in the backyard. I use two sawhorses and a board for my staging area. I have a set of toy blocks that I used to elevate the candlesticks and help them from sticking to the board below. I also, spray painted each piece right-side up; let it dry; turned it over and spray painted the bottom of the plate and any parts that needed coverage. This insured an even coverage of the entire piece. I repeated this process twice: once for priming, and once for spraying the pearl mist.
One caveat: I made these cake stands for display purposes. I will not place food directly on the plates. If I want to use them for muffins, or cupcakes, or cookies, I will place a piece of parchment, doily, or other paper material on the plate before placing food on them.
I think these turned out very well and I can see myself reusing these little beauties in many different ways. How would you use them? Please share your ideas with me.
Have fun creating!
These sweet, little, spring vignettes were as easy as 1,2,3 and completed with a few things that I already had in my spring decor box. Both feature the candlestick/saucer cake plates I made. This was one of the reasons I made these mini cake plates. I wanted to have multiple cake stands for display purposes, but I didn't want to the multiple price that would come with them. I was able to make 4 cake stands for the price of one! Cake plate stands are currently trending and are a great way to vary the height of a display or call attention to an arrangement. I use stacks of books for the same purpose, too.
Here are the three steps to the sweet peeps vignette:
Step 1: Place some reindeer moss on the mini cake plate stand.
Step 2: Center the little peeps on the plate.
Step 3: Twist a few pieces of pip berries or the like together to form a "u" shape and place around the peeps.
There you have it: 1...2...3! I think this little beauty will find a home in the powder room.
I've had my little peeps for a few years. As part of our third grade science curriculum, we learned about the life cycle of chickens and we hatched baby chicks. I saw these in a gift shop and purchased them for my classroom decor. They came out every year for the the egg to chick unit. When I retired, the peeps came home with me and I am enjoying them in my spring decor. You could substitute a number of figurines for the focal point of this piece. I have a friend who loves all things to do with birds. I can see her putting one of her bird figurines or birdhouse in the center of this piece. Another friend has a collection of rabbit figurines. A little bunny would be equally charming. Look around, and see what you have or what makes you smile.
The nest in the candle jar cloche was inspired by a visit to a rather high end home decor shop and from several views on Pinterest. Cloches and cake stands seem to be trending now, and like all things can come with a price tag. For this piece, I took one of the candle jars that I saved and up cycled it as a cloche.
Here are the three steps to the nest in a cloche.
Step 1: Layer small rocks in the bottom of the jar. I bought a bag at Dollar Tree and just used enough rocks to cover the bottom of the jar.
Step 2: Add a second layer of reindeer moss or grass on top of the rocks. (By this time, I had run out of reindeer moss, but had this bag of firmer green grass left from last springs decor. Yes, I save bags of raffia, grasses, and potpourri, when possible from season to season. While these items are relatively inexpensive, it doesn't take much to pop them into a ziplock bag and store them for use for another season. There is also the fact that sometimes I get attached to some of my finds and have learned that I can't always find them in succeeding years. Plus, I just feel good about recycling and reusing materials.)
Step 3: Place the nest in the jar and slightly tip it so the eggs are easily visible.
At this point, I thought the cloche needed just a little more color and interest. Once again I twisted a few pip berries together from the same one I deconstructed for the sweet peeps vignette.
Step 4: Place the twisted berry floral behind the nest. The wire in these florals is your friend. Bend and use them to your advantage.
Step 5: Place the nest in the candle jar on the cake stand.
The nest in a cloche was as easy as 1...2...3... and....4....and ...5, but admittedly they were all very simple steps. Once again, I had most of the materials for this piece in my spring decor stash or crafting cabinet. I did purchase the nest with the eggs from JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts. The nests came six in a pack and actually have a little clip on the bottom. JoAnn's has some fantastic sales and was able to purchase these at 40% or 50% off.
By this time, you may have noticed that I haven't been hot gluing these pieces together. I like the freedom to rework the pieces and reuse the materials in different ways each year.
t the end of each piece, I step back and do a little evaluation of the piece. I am wondering if I should spray paint the lid of the jar white to match the plate stand. I think I might like it as it is, but I am still contemplating the spray paint. For now, this little nest in a jar is going to find a home on the family room bookshelf.
Have fun creating! I would love to hear from you and how you might personalize these vignettes to your liking. Please feel free to share ideas and photos.
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I am very pleased with how this little sweetie turned out. I am also happy to share how very simple and quickly this piece came together.
Step 1: Add reindeer moss to plate. Form a "wreath" of moss on the edge of the plate. Leave the middle bare for the placement of the bunny.
Step 2: Add the bunny to the center.
Step 3: Add small eggs to arrangement. My personal preference was for speckled, mini, pastel eggs. I was lucky enough to find a fairly large amount of these as foam eggs for less than $3.00. At first, I was turned off by the package because there were also orange eggs in the mix. The orange eggs didn't figure into my design, but then I realized, that this was such a good value, that even if I didn't use the orange eggs, I had a good buy. My back up plan for eggs was to consider using real, speckled candy eggs. Of course, I would discard these after I was finished with the vignette. Each succeeding year I would add "fresh" candied eggs.
Step 4: I added a few rocks as another natural and tectural elements.
At this point, I thought this vignette was complete. I went on to do another Fostoria dish vignette and realized that the Fostoria piece needed some sticks added to it. I went into our yard and picked up some sticks and clipped some twigs from young trees.
Here is my sweet bunny vignette with sticks. What do you think? This arrangement came together in just a few minutes.
This little beauty will be placed on our family room bookshelf. Although, I enjoy moving pieces around, and so this piece could easily find a home in the living room, bedroom, upstairs hall...That's the fun of creating a versatile piece like this.
Have fun creating!