Tiered cake stands made of upcycled teacups and saucers are very popular – and perfect for a Mad Tea Party! They’re actually really easy to make. Let me show you how it’s done!
The first thing to do is scoure thrift shops for cute, old fashioned tea cups and saucers. You’ll want to mix and match: combine cups of a certain design with saucers of a different design, but do try to make them go together in a certain way. Match by color, type of decoration, rim design, or some other aspect.
Other things to look out for:
- The ear of the cup should not reach above its rim
- Get cups and saucers in different sizes, so your cake stand will taper towards the top in stead of going straight up. Look for small plates as well as saucers.
- Make sure there will be enough room left on the saucer to put food on, if a cup is placed upside down on it.
- Find a small item to put on top. This can be anything: a tiny cup or bowl, a small box, or a figurine. I found a little candle holder.
- You could also use other items to put in between the saucers, like candle holders or egg cups. Or vary with cups placed upside down and right side up.
This is what I came home with:
Clean cup, clean cup! Make sure your croquery is clean and dry before you start, so do the dishes.
Step three, which is already the final step, is glueing everything together. Use a type of glue that is suitable for ceramics, preferably a transparent glue. I used epoxy glue.
Don’t glue everything together all at once. It is safer to do it in two steps: first glue each cup to one of the saucers. Wait for the glue to dry and only then glue the sections together. This will prevent the items coming apart again or shifting when you place them on top of another section.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll be tempted to do everything at once anyway. Take my advice and refrain from doing so – go do something else in between while you wait for the glue to dry, because watching glue dry is like… well, watching paint dry I guess.
(I give myself very good advice, but I very seldom follow it. So the next step for me was to glue the things that came off because I didn’t wait for the glue to dry properly during the first round, together again…)
Then, glue your sections together. Again, wait for the glue to dry. And you’re done!!
The only thing left to do now is to bake some delicious eat-me cakes and invite all your friends to a mad tea party!