Every time I entertain, I wish I had more ways to add dimension to my tablescapes. I love footed dishes and anything on a pedestal, but the store-bought ones are usually either too expensive or too boring. So a lightbulb went off when I saw an amazing Martha Stewart project on Pinterest last week.
They used mix and match ceramics to create unique cake stands by gluing cups, small bowls and ramekins to the bottoms of plates. You can get so creative! Use melamine to make them for kids parties or outdoor entertaining. And these aren’t limited to just servingware; you can use them to organize your jewelry or desk accessories.
Ceramics are one of the few things that are actually cheap in Tokyo, and they have really, really fantastic designs. Oh, and it turns out that sake cups make the perfect bases! The best place to get great ceramics here is at the Japanese equivalent of a dollar store (a 100 yen store). Although, the Japanese chains are much more fun and interesting than any American dollar stores that I’ve ever been to. If you’re ever in Japan, try to get to a Daiso (they have some stores in other countries as well). The best one is in Harajuku, right at the entrance to Takeshita Street.
Each of these projects cost $2-$4 ($1 per piece), and took only a few minutes to make. I’m so excited about my final product that I can’t wait to find some bigger platters and make larger versions!
Assorted plates, bowls, small cups, etc. Antique shows, garage sales and flea markets would be great sources.
Step 1: Match the dish or bowl to the “pedestal” of your choice.
Step 2: Apply superglue to the cup or bowl that you’re using as the pedestal. You’re probably going to use it upside down, so the superglue will likely be on the bottom of the cup.
Step 3: Place the top part of your serving dish face-down. Center the “pedestal” and gently place the superglued side onto the serving dish. Let dry overnight.