How to make your own Tiered Serving Platter for ***CHEAP***

Hello everyone!
I have a fun, inexpensive little idea for you all today. It is after all going to Mothers Day soon I thought you might enjoy a fun gift idea.
 I was at a wedding shower a few weeks ago and someone brought some delightful lemon squares on the most lovely tiered platter. I asked where she had gotten the platter and she revealed…….
some one had….
“Hmmmm.” I thought
“Wow!” I said.
“I could do that for super cheap!” I kept thinking all day.
All I would need are some cute dishes, a little Epoxy (found at any Home Depot or Lowes) and some inexpensive candle stick holders.
I have been on the look out ever since for some cute dishes.
I found these fun dishes at Walmart. All of them were under $2 a piece. The candle stick holders I found at Hobby Lobby on sale for $1.50 each.
These cute Forth of July dishes came from Target. The grand total for this platter was about $4.
I found these sunny dishes as my local Macey’s Grocery Store. If you watch in the seasonal section of most grocery stores they usually carry a small selection of dishes that match the current season. I’ve been buying some here and there to use in my food photo shoots. These dishes were $1.50 a piece.
The candle stick holder is from Hobby Lobby, but these fun dishes came from Target. They have so many fun, cheap (99cents for many of them) summery dishes right now. I thought it would be fun to use this cute blue cup as the stand for these colorful dishes. Wouldn’t they be cute at a kids birthday party loaded with fun crackers or cookies? You could even epoxy the cup on the top and use it for dips. The possibilities are really endless!
This is the epoxy we used. Cost is about $4. It can be found in the paint section of Home Depot or Lowes. It will be with the other glues and caulks.You can purchase epoxy that will set up in a variety of times. You’ll want to the kind that sets up in 5 minutes. If you purchase Epoxy that sets up in 90 seconds you won’t have time to get it on your dishes before it starts to harden. Trust me folks. Give yourself the 5 minute window of opportunity.
Find a paper plate, and some toothpicks. Squeeze the epoxy out of the tube and mix it around with a toothpick.
On the bottom of your candlestick holder carefully apply the epoxy.
Thanks to MyHandsomeHusband for his assistance in putting them together!
Place the epoxied end of the candle stick holder in the center of your plate. Let it sit for about 30 minutes, then put the epoxy on the top of the candlestick holder and place your top dish on it.
Let the epoxy sit to set up for about 2 hours. It will harden pretty quickly but I would leave it alone for the 2 hours just to be sure everything is set in stone.
Have fun! Give one to your self, give one to your Mom, Give one to your sisters, give one to a friend. At this cheap price you can afford to! Have a great day everyone!
Recipe for these great looking Peanut Butter Cupcakes comming to a blog near you soon……

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  1. 1
    April 25, 2010 at 4:10 am

    Very, very cute!!


  2. 2
    April 25, 2010 at 4:24 am

    oh how wonderful! Too bad we are far away from our families and it costs too much to ship stuff but awesome idea for others who are close to us!!! What section did you find the epoxy in at Home Depot? I plan on heading there tomorrow along with Target to pick up some cute plates and run around town to find some candle sticks!

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    April 25, 2010 at 4:31 am

    You can find epoxy in the paint section at any Home Depot or Lowes. It will be with the other glues and caulks.
    Also, I couldn't find candle stick holders at Walmart, but did find them at Hobby Lobby. Most craft stores would carry them, I would think.
    I would love to see what cute dishes you find and how yours turn out!

  4. 4
    April 25, 2010 at 11:36 am

    What a fun and neat idea!

  5. 5
    April 25, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    What a great idea! Im going to see what I can come up with..might be fun to buy a few dishes you love but can aford to buy the whole set of..or maybe finding vintage ones at a thrift shop. Thanks for such a great idea!

  6. 6
    April 25, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Love the idea! Will definitely try this out soon!

  7. 7
    April 25, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Definitely book-a-marking this one! Thanks!

  8. 8
    April 25, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    I love this idea!!!! so cute – I can't wait to make myself a set

  9. 9
    April 26, 2010 at 3:34 am

    Ooh, great, easy gift idea! I see beautiful dishes all the time and wonder what I can do with them, now I know. I wonder how a silver candle stick would look.

  10. 10
    April 26, 2010 at 4:34 am

    I love this. Now I will be on the hunt for cute dishes.

  11. 11
    April 26, 2010 at 10:46 am

    I LOVE THIS idea!!! I will be making these! I've always wanted some cute serving platters and they really are expensive (especially for a college student).. This is so inventive! they look great.

  12. 12
    April 26, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    your talents and energy constantly amaze me!

  13. 13
    April 26, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    I love it! I will definitely add it to my “to make soon list”. Thanks for sharing!

  14. 14
    April 28, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    OMGOSH So cute! I love it! My sister is buying a house and I am so making one of these for her.

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    April 28, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    GREAT idea!! Wow! I really want to go whip up a whole bunch of these now, starting with that colorful one from Target! Problem being: where the heck would I store these when they are not in use? Ack!

    Thanks for sharing!

  16. 16
    May 1, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    I found candlesticks at Target in a four pack for only $2.99- can't beat that price. I already made six different platters and I am wanting to make more, I love them. Everyone I know will be getting one as a gift this year! Thanks Jamie!

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    August 8, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Found this from a link on a friend's blog. Adorable, and perfect for a non-crafty person like myself.

    I see a Target run in my future.

  18. 18
    August 15, 2010 at 1:13 am

    Are you using plastic and glass and ceramic? This is an absoultely Wonderful Idea! Thanks so very much for sharing it!

  19. 19
    August 15, 2010 at 2:07 am

    I have found that ceramic works best. The plastic ones look so cute, but come apart if not handled and stored with care. Good luck! Hope you have fun with them.

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    August 20, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    OK that is just way to clever not to mention cool. I hope I saved some of my old candlesticks.
    I want to start making some Ü

  21. 21
    March 16, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Great idea!! I've been looking for inexpensive serving platters for my daughter's bridal shower…these will be perfect!

  22. 22
    April 30, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    What a wonderful idea, I love it!

  23. 23
    May 2, 2011 at 6:56 am

    What a FAB idea…. Love it and thank you for sharing :)))


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    May 20, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    I just saw this – what a great idea! I really want to have more serving dishes now that we are finally settled and don't have to move again – at least that's the idea right?! Now I've got to do some bargain shopping!

  25. 25
    June 5, 2011 at 3:19 am

    Hello, Thanks for posting. I'll be making like 16 of these made of various plates for my potluck-dessert wedding reception. But I found this great museum Wax/earthquake putty by Quake Hold that will let me take them apart after the wedding to use the dishes as regular dishes. Couldn't find it in stores, but had to order off of home depot's website.

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    June 21, 2011 at 7:57 pm


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    June 23, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I have things I need to do today, but I think a little detour into Target might be ok…just to check out the dishes. I paid a price for just a pedestal that holds about 6 or 7 cupcakes. Wish I'd seen this first. Cute ideas.

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    July 27, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    I made these a couple of years in a row for Christmas. I filled them with home made goodies and tied a ribbon around the base. They look so pretty and were a big hit! I bought plates at second hand stores and the candle stix you can find during the off season at any dollar store…

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    November 28, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Thanks for the great ideas for plates and combinations and the info on using epoxy from Home Depot! I definitely want to make one of these sometime, so I can proudly and beautifully display the baked goodies I make. Thanks! ;D

  30. 30
    April 25, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    I wanted to make tiered serving trays out of my grandma's china. I obviously didn't want to use glue, so I used duck tape! It worked great!! Thanks for the wonderful idea!

  31. 31
    Darling Kimba
    January 20, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Just don’t leave them in the sun… the glue will go yellow.
    I’ve tried a couple of glues for glass and so far, if left in the sun for an extended period of time the glue goes yellow or brown.

  32. 32
    June 4, 2013 at 11:15 am

    I want more, I want more!! Ingenious ideas that is! lOVE THIS ONE!

  33. 33
    July 25, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Love this idea!!! I’m going to hit the Goodwill and Salvation Army stores to see if I can find some fun and unique plates and different things like cups, dessert bowls and candle sticks for the bases.

  34. 34
    October 5, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Excellent, what a webpage it is! This weblog presents
    useful information to us, keep it up.

  35. 35
    January 1, 2015 at 3:58 am

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    for the reason that i enjoy too find out more and more.

  36. 36
    July 12, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Hi, I don’t know where I’ve been but I just saw these at a craft show and figured I could make them. I’ve purchased the candlestick holders from the dollar store, they were hidden I would have never found them on my own. My plates I’ve purchased for $3.00 each on sale at Home Goods. I’ve also purchased many from second hand shops. Thank you for all the tips on the glue, I really appreciate it. I was wondering how to do the rods so it can be taken apart for storage. Also I need an honest opinion on mine. Let me know if you want to see a pic. I did 3 full size plate because I figured that way the New Bride I’m giving it to could put a whole cake or pie on top. My 18 yr old daughter didn’t think it looked right. Also, how do you suggest washing them.

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      Christine Leo
      March 12, 2021 at 1:15 pm

      I do not put my tiered platters in the dishwasher. I just set them in the kitchen sink and spray them with water, then add some dishwashing liquid and scrub them clean, then rinse.

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    Jenny H
    October 4, 2017 at 5:42 am

    These are adorable! I just made one that I am going to use as a holder for my jewelry. Necklaces on bottom, bracelets in the middle and earrings and rings on top. The possibilities are endless!

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    December 10, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Goodwill people!! Go to Goodwill for the plates and candlesticks!! It’s where I go for these kinds of crafts–really CUTE trays!

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    November 13, 2018 at 9:16 am


    • 41
      Christine Leo
      March 12, 2021 at 1:16 pm

      I use gorilla glue epoxy and it is food safe and dries clear.

  40. 42
    Patty Ickes
    January 14, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Hi! Love your ideas of cake stands but isn’t the epoxy glue Poisonous? Thanks!

    • 43
      Christine Leo
      March 12, 2021 at 1:16 pm

      I use gorilla glue epoxy and it is food safe.

  41. 44
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    Christine Leo
    March 12, 2021 at 1:13 pm

    These tiered platters are a great way to share great-grandma’s dishes with all the grandkids…just make everyone a platter using dinner plates, salad plates, cups, etc. Mugs and cups can be used in place of candlesticks. I use gorilla glue epoxy. If you put a cup on the top it can be used for dips.

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