Having friends over for coffee and dessert this weekend? Maybe you’re pulling out all the stops for your family dinner on Sunday. This quick and easy project will beautifully display your fruit, desserts, or hors d’oeuvres. Make several serving pieces to grace your dining table and buffet. You can also use your pedestal creations to display a bird nest and eggs, or other spring decorations.
To Make a Lovely Footed Serving Piece, You’ll Need:
For the base: footed sherbet, wine glass, or a vase
For the top: coordinating plate
Tube of Glass, Metal and More permanent glue (available at craft and hobby stores)
Following manufacturers’ instructions on the tube of glue, apply to the rim of the glass. Then, press the two pieces you want joined together. Set a book on top and allow the glue to dry and a bond to form.
Want to use your fine china, without permanently gluing the plate and stemware together? Instead of glass glue, use sticky, floral adhesive where the two pieces make contact, for a temporary bond, and easy removal.
For a garden or tea party theme, select bread and butter or luncheon size dishes with a floral motif and use a matching teacup for the base. Be creative. Finish the look with coordinating napkins and tablecloth. In our first example, we used vintage violet pattern plates atop forest green Depression glass vases.
Vintage milkglass is another ensemble we pair often as serving pieces as it works well in winter decorating and gives any spring or summer table, a lovely, fresh, crisp look. To achieve this look, glue one, footed milkglass sherbet to the underside of a milkglass luncheon plate.
No milk glass or vintage floral plates on hand? Clear or colored glass items work well too as does ceramic, china or crystal. Browse consignment shops, dollar or thrift stores and antique shops for unique, yet inexpensive pieces to dress up your festive dinner table.
Deborah Tukua is a freelance writer, author and the editor of Journey to Natural Living
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