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May 23, 2010

Cake Plate and Fork Holder

I took a trip down to a brand new dollar tree store near where I live.  I found the cutest summer bandanas.  They are pretty large at 20" by 19" and the colors just scream summer.  I walked over to the glass section and picked up a clear glass plate and a small glass candle holder and went home to work some magic. 

You'll need your handy dandy Mod Podge for this project: glass candle holder (not pictured below), glass plate, scissors, brush, fabric.

The first thing you'll need to do is cut the fabric around the plate.  Place fabric under the plate and pull lightly with one hand and cut with the other hand.

as you can see below, I have a fabric cut in a circle, it doesn't have to be perfect, imperfections makes home made things look even more special.  Although, I would iron the fabric before you place it on top of the Mod Podge, I forgot to do this step and the line that runs across the blue flower below, showed up after my project was completed.
Make a little stand to place your plate on top, it will be easier to work with the plate if it's elevated.
I made mine with a jar and I placed a kitchen towel on top so keep the plate from sliding.
  Next, place your plate on top of your stand face down.  Add the Modge Podge all over the back side of the plate, try not to add too much because then it will goop out when you press the fabric to get rid of bubbles.

Place the fabric on top and brush on Modge Podge on top of the fabric.  Using your fingers, gently smooth out the fabric so that you can get rid of any air bubbles.  Let this dry over night.
Once the Mod Podge is dry, you can cut any extra fabric around the plate.

For this cake plate, I want to add a stand.  I got the stand at the dollar tree store too.  Use Gorilla glue (good for glass).  You only need very little glue all around the rim, this glue expands as it dries.  It dries within half hour so be sure your plate is dry and ready from the Mod Podge. 
Find the center of the plate and place your stand on top with the glue.  Let this dry for half an hour.
Below is a picture of the plate already dry but the edge did not get any Mod Podge.  It's not too late to add more Mod Podge to repair this edge.  You want to make sure that your edges are sealed with Mod Podge so that no water enters in when you hand wash this plate.  Obviously, you can't put this in the dishwasher, but you can hand wash and dry immediately. Place it face down for a couple of hours so it will completely dry.
This is the finished plate, now I'm going to make a tres leche cake to place on top and gift it to my mother in law, she loves tres leches cakes.

After the cake plate was done, I wanted to make a fork holder to match.  I cut out some flowers from the fabric and found a gravy jar, washed it and dried it clean.  Used Mod Podge to attach the flowers and let dry over night.

I then found some matching ribbon and used a glue gun to attach the ribbon to the jar:

This is the final cake plate and matching fork holder:

Isn't it pretty? I can't wait to go visit my mother in law in a couple of hours and give this to her.  She's such a sweet and fun lady, spending just five minutes with her you'll want to add her to your best friends list. 

Here's a picture of her and me at a party, sometimes I forget to smile : )


  1. I made serving plates like this before ages ago.. but never one on a stand. What a cute idea..now to find a clear plate..I really would like to do this again. I love yours..it's so pretty,and I love how you've done the fork holder.

  2. I really like the fabric and how it coordinates with the ribbon...

  3. Hi Maria! This is so clever, and I'd love to try it!!.. I just have to find the clear plate first! I have looked for them, but maybe people are buying them faster than the store can keep them on hand around here! I'm going to keep watching for them, though, so I can try this! Yours came out beautiful! ~tina

  4. CUTE! I love the matching fork holder

  5. How clever are you!!! I love this idea and they turned out beautiful!


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  7. Wonderful Idea and I love the final product. I might try to make one of these for when I host my book club. They would love it. thanks for leaving a comment at Asleep on the Couch.

  8. My grandmother showed me this years ago and one more step you forgot is you want to lightly sand the back of the plate it makes a smoother finish!! Very nice cake stand!!



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