This is a project that I first saw here by Kate at Centsational Girl. I really loved the idea and wanted to try it myself. I’m planning a birthday party for my little guy who’s turning one next month, and I thought these would be perfect! The party colors are going to be red and aqua, since I’m doing a vintage sweet shop theme. I won’t be going all out but I want to focus on a few cute details. Here’s my finished ones, in his fun party colors~
These were really a fairly simple project, and not at all expensive, so give it a try yourself!
First thing I did was go to Goodwill and pick out the cups and plates I wanted to use. I tried to choose ones that looked balanced together. I felt the taller cups needed larger plates, so I tried to pick light weight ones since I wasn’t sure how much weight the stemware glasses can hold. I also looked for plates that didn’t have a real obvious rim on the top since I didn’t want it to look like a plate but the top of a dessert stand : )
I actually got two of each of these styles so that I would have four dessert stands total. After I brought them home I washed them really well and got all the sticky residue from the goodwill tags off. This would definitely show through the paint so be sure not to skip this step. After I chose the plates I ran to home depot to gather up the rest of my supplies:
Kate recommended using frosted glass as a primer and Dap household sealant as the sealer since it’s waterproof. So I went ahead and picked up one of each of those. Then I chose my colors that I thought would best match my son’s party theme. I didn’t notice until I got home, but I accidentally got the aqua paint in a “satin” finish, when I meant to buy gloss. I briefly thought about returning it, but I didn’t and I think it looks fine anyway. The frosted glass allows the spray paint to stick, since not all paints are designed for use on glass. Thanks for the tip Kate!
We had a rare sunny day and I knew it was time for action! So I laid out a painting cloth (old sheet) and set out my plates so I could start spraying them.
I wanted to do one big plate and one small in each color so I set them a little ways apart so when I got to the painting step I wouldn’t have any over spray. I did end up having a little because of the wind, but I just made sure it got covered and it wasn’t a big deal. I started by spraying frosted glass on the tops of all the plates as they’re laid out here. It dries quick, around five minutes, and then I flipped them all over and carefully centered all the stemware on the proper plates.
After I had each one placed, I sprayed with frosted glass again. It was a little difficult to see where I had sprayed on the plates, but was much easier to see on the glasses. Here’s one after I had finished a coat~
After a few more minutes of drying, I went ahead and started on the spray paint. A few tips about spray paint. Make sure you shake really well as directed, always keep your hand moving, and put on several thin and even coats, rather than one thick gloppy one. Here’s my red plates after one coat of spray paint, you can see that it isn’t at all covered, that’s how it should look after just one coat.
The red didn’t cover as well as the blue, so I ended up having to do three coats on it and only two on the blue.
Once I was finished with all the coats I let them dry about 30 mins before going out and flipping them over so I could do the tops of the plates and the tops of the glass bottoms, which couldn’t be painted from that angle (spray paint cans always have to be held upright, unless they advertise otherwise). I did the same number of coats on the tops and I was done painting. Easy peasy!
After I let them dry a couple hours I brought them inside the garage for the night. The next day I felt it was safe to handle them enough to do the gluing. I laid them out on newspaper on the kitchen table and followed the instructions on the Dap Adhesive. You can use the ring that was created while painting as your guide. Mine went on a little thicker than I would have wanted, but it turned out all right in the end.
After I pressed the cup firmly down onto the ring I used a cue tip to go around and wipe off the adhesive where it was extra thick.
They need 24 hours to dry completely, but after that they’re ready to use!
Kate points out that you should put paper between your food and the plate since direct contact with spray paint is not a great idea. I can’t wait to bake some cakes to put on these!
Hope you try making some yourself! I’m already thinking of different cups and plates that would work well : )