Today I'd like to show you my version of plate pedestals made from flea market plates, saucers, and candle holders. Plate pedestals have been on the web before but I don't like to copy others, so I added a few different elements to make them "Mitzi-fied."
To make these little pedestals, (which would be perfect for cupcakes, by the way) you will need a selection of small plates or saucers:
You'll also need some glass candle holders. Most of mine are vintage, but the one in the foreground came from the dollar store:
To make your candle holders swanky, wash them with soapy water and dry them thoroughly. Spray paint them with non-glossy spray paint. Usually two or three light coats will do the trick. We've painted flea market glass before, and I think it's lots of fun.
Once thoroughly dry, use a fine grit sanding sponge and sand off some of the paint on your candle holder. Concentrate on the edges and ridges. The example below was an experiment. I used paint-on pearl paint by Martha Stewart, and it flaked off. Spray paint is easier to control when you are sanding:
Here are the bases for my pedestals after sanding with the sanding sponge:
These are basic decoupage supplies (you might not need a brayer for this project, because saucers are curved):
This is my glue of choice for glass, metal, and ceramic projects:
Now for the saucers or plates. If the center has no design, I used a scalloped punch to punch out pieces of floral vintage wallpaper. Scrapbook paper could be used as a substitute here. One of my plates has a copied vintage perfume label in the center, which I just cut out with scissors. You can find all sorts of cool images at The Graphics Fairy.
Mod Podge Matte was applied to the back of the paper pieces with a foam brush. Press the paper onto the saucer, cleaning up any excess glue. Topcoat with Mod Podge. After the piece dries, a second coat of Mod Podge can be applied.
To attach the candle holder to the plate, I used E-6000 glue. It needs to set over night.
As you might notice here, I used a small milk glass dish for the base of one of the plates:
These candle holders are large enough to support larger size plates. I have more plates and pedestals ready to go, so I'm going to make more!
If you don't have these items on hand, I hope this gives you the incentive to go the flea market or antique mall this weekend!
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