I have a secret passion- Vintage China! Okay so it’s not so secret to my close friends but I don’t think even they know the true extent of my collection.
Once you start it’s impossible to stop collecting and I think I could easily cater for a wedding of 300 people with what I’ve collected up to now!
So now, everywhere I go, I spot vintage china or accessories, they just jump out at me! Mostly from charity/thrift shops, antique shops, car boot sales, people who know I collect it. I love the look, the feel,the delicacy (also the strength, bone china is practically bullet proof!).
My collection gets used as often as possible for parties, afternoon tea, birthdays, Christmas, any excuse! The rest of the time it sits in a display cabinet in part (and the garage for the large part, there’s so much!). I decided to put it to better use by making something which is how this post came to life, how to make a vintage cake stand.
You will need to select some china, there are various options, a 2 tier stand could consist of a simple cup and saucer, saucer and side plate or side plate and cake plate. A 3 tier stand could be cup, saucer, side plate or saucer, side plate, cake plate depending on what you want to use it for.
Here, I am making a 3 tier stand using a cup, a saucer and a cake plate. The pieces don’t have to be from the same set, the ones I’m using here aren’t matching but I thought they worked well together.
– 3 tier cake stand fittings
2 tier cake stand fittings-
Next you will need some equipment; a drill, a ceramic bit, a ruler, a permanent marker and masking tape.
There are 2 types of drill bit, the first is an arrow shape, designed for drilling ceramics, the second is a round, diamond tipped bit. I have tried both and prefer the second but you can use either.
The left picture shows a ceramic, arrow shaped bit and the right picture shows a diamond tipped round bit.
How to make the cake stand
- 1.The first step is to find and mark the centre of each china piece, this will show where you need to drill. Using a ruler measure the diameter and mark the centre.
- 2.Then turn the plate 90 degrees, measure the diameter and mark the centre again, you should now have a cross to mark the centre of the plate.
- 3.Before you start drilling, put a piece of masking tape over the cross to prevent the drill bit slipping. Place the plate on a plastic bowl to fit the inner diameter, this will protect the surface underneath.
- 4.Finally, pour some water on to the plate as this will keep the drill bit cool and stop the tape catching fire (it happens!)
- 5.Now you are ready to start drilling, if the drill bit still slips try holding it firmly at an angle until the surface of the plate is broken and then lift to 90 degrees and use gentle pressure to drill through. This may take a while, these china plates are surprisingly strong! Be careful as you go through the plate that the drill doesn’t land heavily and crack the plate.
Put together the cake stand using the fittings and washers which fit between each layer, tighten carefully and admire your handywork!
Here’s another cake stand which I use for chocolates such as Quality Street at Christmas, it’s a very neat size because the largest piece is a side plate:
If you are planning a vintage style tea party, why not take a look at stylemyparty.co.uk? They have some great party ideas. To purchase a Cake Stand made out of Vintage China see my store at Big Cartel…