Cake Plate Tutorial

Today I am excited to share with you my second video tutorial.

This tutorial will show you how you can create your own pretty vintage inspired cake plates.  I’ve been making them for the last year or so and giving them as gifts to girlfriends.  They love them!

If you liked that cute rooster cake plate I gave to Pioneer Women be sure and watch the tutorial to find out how to make your own.

The glue I use in the tutorial is The Amazing E6000 which I picked up at Michaels.  Have fun and if you make a cake plate please send me a photo!

One can never have enough cake plates, can they?

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Tiffany says

    You are kidding me! This is something that even I could do. I am giddy with excitement…and planning a trip to Goodwill! Thanks for this fun post. I can’t wait to try it.

  2. BarbMcC says

    Love the tutorial! 2 questions:
    How long should you allow the glue to dry before using the plate?
    How durable is the glue? Will it hold up when the plate is washed?
    I have used E6000 for adhering rhinestones on various surfaces, and found they tended to pop off.

    • says


      I always hand wash the plates and haven’t had a problem with the glue. I put a nice coating of it on and it seems to hold fine. I always let it dry overnight before using the plate. Thanks!

  3. Julie says

    I love them. I made 25 last Christmas to give my English Toffee on. It was so much fun to see everyone’s faces when they received them. They are a great gift for sooooo little money.

  4. says

    This is fantastic!! Thank you!! I just bought supplies last week to do this and had called my mom and asked if she thought hot glue would hold them!! Never heard of E6000 so this is PERFECT timing! Thanks Leigh Anne!

  5. Kathy says

    Leigh Anne,

    Oh my gosh!! I can’t believe this….even I could make this. I am always looking for nice, unusual hostess gifts. What a wonderful idea. An inexpensive and beautiful gift that is sure to be a hit. I can’t wait to try to make one. Thanks for the tutorial on the process.

  6. edyB says

    Soooo ~ now I have to get out there and collect those pretty plates and candle holders! Oh My … The good news is I have a couple of friends in the Estate Sale business who can find them for me! I get first dibs! Woo Hoo!

    Keep those videos coming ~ you are fun!

  7. Sandi P. says

    ohhhh – I had saved our wedding china for 32 years – never used it once – only had 3 place settings – so finally gave it to Goodwill. I could have made a cake plate and had at least one piece of the china! oh well – i’ll go to Goodwill and find someone elses wedding china. Thanks for the tutorial. I’m always so inspired by you!

  8. Joyce says

    Way too cool and easy. I am doing cupcakes for my son’s Jack & Jill wedding shower and was wondering where to find cakeplates to use. I love it. Also going to be using many of your cupcake recipes for the party. The cupcake video was very helpful.

    It’s going to have a Mexican theme and thought the Lime cupcakes would be good.

    Now I’m off to Goodwill to find some festive fiesta plates.

  9. Tessa says

    What a great idea!!! I can’t wait to make one for our family fourth of July picnic. Thanks for the tutorial.

  10. CJ Vierow says

    Great idea! Thanks for the nice, clear directions. I have everything I need to start making a cakeplate today. How fun! CJ

  11. Joan says

    Great tutorital, Leigh Ann. You should go into the business of making tutorials. Clear, understandable, pleasant voice – attractive all around. I watch a lot of knitting tutorials on-line, many of which seem to forget that you are watching to learn a particular thing they are doing, thus leaving you with lots of questions. Maybe their goal is to send you to your local yarn store for further instructions. Yours leaves one just going to Michael’s and the local thrift shop!

  12. Kathy McIntyre says

    Simply amazing!!! Thank you for sharing, I am off to make myself lots!! And of course, I’ll share with others. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!! You are so kind to share your creativity.

  13. says

    I love all your ideas, thank you!

    I’ve actually seen alot of these already done at the Goodwill but think it would be so much more fun to create my own. This just may be a project that I could get addicted to!

  14. bridee says

    I was going to ask you about the glue and you got to it before me. Can’t wait to make these!! So cute.

  15. Michelle Payne says

    Oh my gosh you are amazing. I never would have guessed that your cake stands were homemade. Now I can make my own for my Mother’s Day Brunch!

  16. Carol Price says

    I LOVE it! So easy and pretty 😉 Such a wonderful, unique and creative gift idea. I think I will make several and give them to myself :-). Thank you, once again.

  17. Tamara says

    I have been scouring Goodwill, garage sales, estate sales looking for cake plates. Now I need to shift my focus. Amazing E6000 is on my list. THANKS!

  18. Robyn says

    LOVE the idea. I have a variety of plates that are one offs – now I can do something else with them. And then the question will be, where do I store them….oh well, figure that out later. Guess I’ll just start with a few.

  19. Heather N. says

    I love this idea! I had to show my husband how beautiful and easy these are to make. He agreed, but wasn’t to excited about my big plans for thrift store shopping this weekend. :) I have several family birthdays coming up and I think this would make the perfect gift. THANK YOU!

  20. says

    My good friend Marilyn made me one of these last year for my birthday. She used a matching plate and bowl set. It turned out so cute, and I can use it two ways, as a cake plate or flip it upside down and I have a really cute bowl to put things in as well.
    I cannot wait to make some of my own!

  21. says

    I love this idea! I have seen it before on other blogs lately, but your tutorial inspired me!! I ran out to our second hand stores and got the goods!! I made 2 and put The Worlds BEST Cho. Cake on it. I love it!! THANK YOU!!

  22. Cara says

    This is a great idea! I love all your cake plates and I would love to have lots of options like you have. Where and how do you store all of them?

    • says


      Storage can be an issue especially with an addiction as severe as mine. I am lucky enough to have a closet in my husband’s office that is totally dedicated to all my serving pieces – it is a sickness!!!

  23. Allyson says

    You are adorable. I don’t know why this is my first video of you, but so cute. You sound exactly as I imagined.

    I have done this with the E – 6000 and that stuff is the best. My problem is the same as Cara’s above, storage of all of these things. I made some cute ones and ended up giving them away because I just don’t know where to store them. Where do you keep all of these gorgeous creations?

    Lastly, I smacked my head and made the duh sound when you turned that plate over and put that candlestick on top. That NEVER occurred to me and I can prove it with lopsided plates. GENIUS! I will shop now to craft another day. Great tutorial.

  24. Catherine says

    I just whipped up 3 of these this weekend for less than $5 each! They look soooo great! Now to make a cake and some cupcakes to go on them. . .and then some more to give as gifts. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Patty says

    Aren’t these great?! I made these for my daughters and daughters-in-law for Christmas year before last and topped them with cupcake truffles. All 5 were thrilled. Another idea along the same vein…my grandmother collected Fiesta ware. When she passed away, my stepmom glued the plates to the cereal bowls and each of the grand daughers got one, a great reminder of my grandmother everytime I use it!

  26. says

    Thanks for posting this tutorial! I have seen some of these on other sites, but you are the first who has posted a video tutorial, which is very helpful for me! I am going to a wedding next weekend and think that this could make a very +personal wedding gift, especially if I can use my Cricut to cut some vinyl in their monogram and put it onto the plate! You’ve got me very excited! Thanks for the inspiration!

  27. says

    Love it!! We have an awesome Goodwill store in McMinnville that I can totally see picking through and creating some cake plates… I’m seeing Wedding gifts, Christmas presents, etc…

  28. says

    Love this! Thank you Leigh Anne. I am a stay-at-home mom, been married to my hubby for 26 years and have 4 kids. I am excited about making some of these cake plates, I am doing my first wedding reception in December and this is so helpful! Love your website!

  29. Lindyloo, South Wales, UK says

    This is a wonderful idea, we often have lovely plates in the Charity shops here in South Wales, UK so I will be looking for some suitable items.
    Thanks for the tutorial. Linda

  30. Joanne says

    Leigh Ann,

    When my mom passed away, she left me dozens of beautiful, collectible plates. Not being a collector myself, I’ve been wondering what to do with them. Now I know. I’ll make cake plates as gifts for her dear friends, neighbors, and for my own daughters and nieces. Each one will be a unique reminder of a well-loved & special woman. Thanks for being so clever!

  31. says

    Great idea! Yard sales here I come. I see dessert tables with beautiful, one-of-a-kind cake plates and appetizers plates. Wish I’d thought of using candlesticks. Thanks for the inspiration!


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