05th Jun2014

Upcycled Thrift Store DIY Dessert Stands

by Dinah Wulf
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Thrift Store Trash to Treasure DIY Dessert Stands

If you’ve been following along with me over the last couple weeks, you may have seen my posts for a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party baby shower I am decorating. I decided to make these Upcycled Thrift Store DIY Dessert Stands for the party but after making them, I’m excited to keep them and use them regularly.


  • Candlesticks
  • Plates
  • Glass Covers
  • Strong Bonding Agent

I found everything you see here for about $25, which is great because it made two and a half (I took the glass cover of one of my actual dessert stands for the pictures below).

Thrift Store Finds Repurposed

Tip: To easily take off old wax and thrift store price tags, simply run the object in hot water and lightly scrub. It’ll come right off!

Make sure to clean each piece very well with soap and water. After they are dry, use a strong bonding agent to adhere the candlestick to the plate. I used Liquid Fusion, which worked beautifully.

Thrift Store Repurposed Candle Holder

Apply a generous amount to the rim of the candlestick and place it upside down on the center of the bottom of the plate. Allow it to dry for 2-4 hours, or as indicated in the adhesive directions.

Thrift Store Find Upcycle

Here are a couple photos. I think they turned out great and will be perfect for the Mad Hatter themed tea party.

Upcycled Thrift Store DIY Cake Stands

Thrift Store Repurposed DIY Dessert Platters

In case you missed them, here are some other decorations I am doing for this party. I am so excited about it!

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Dinah Wulf
Dinah is a craft, home décor, & DIY Blogger for www.diyinspired.com, an eco-friendly site promoting repurposing through reinvention. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. Formerly an educator at CSUF and business owner, she now is a full time writer, Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, 3M DIY Expert, and a member of Martha’s Circle. She has blogged for multiple websites including Fix.com, Earth 911, Home Made Simple, and Sprout Online and has been published in a few magazines and ebooks. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Buzzfeed.
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7 Responses to “Upcycled Thrift Store DIY Dessert Stands”

  • Anne G

    I like this DIY. Maybe I should consider to make up one next year in my new house, for my kid and other family members. That’s such a sharp idea I believe!

  • Laura

    These are so cute! I love the idea of using candlesticks as the base. Did you find those tops at a thrift store too? I can’t wait to see the rest of the party when it’s finished!

    • Yes! I found the tops of the two tall ones at Goodwill! They were originally cheese platters but I threw the wooden bases away (because they were a little questionable!;)

  • A happy mom

    So wonderful! I appreciate your idea so much! I will have try, for my new house disigh!

  • Love this – I’ve tried something similar to this with small mirrors and candlesticks to make cupcake stands – and also those tin stove top covers to make cake stands….but adding the glass cover really completes the look and adds an extra touch of elegance!

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