DIY Entry #30: Tiered Dessert Trays


I love this idea!  Nicole created her own tiered dessert trays using thrifted plates and glasses.  They became the highlight of her dessert display!

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{Lauren B. Photo}

Best of all?  These are easy AND budget-friendly!


1. Buy plates you like. I usually make three tiered, but for variety on a whole table of them it is good to do different heights – two tiers, three tiers or even just one (I did this to make a cake stand – using a platter and a champagne glass). Keep in mind you can just kind of like the plates – they are mostly covered up!

2. Buy glasses or candle sticks to place between the tiers. There are NO rules – buy what you like and it will look good together.

3. Wash and dry everything throughly.

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4. Glue it all together. The best glue I’ve found to use is plumbers goop. Just place a small amount on the glass where it will touch each plate and hold it in place for a few seconds.

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5. Admire your handiwork! These dry overnight so be careful with them until you are certain enough time has passed. After the wedding you can use them as fruit stands and give them away as gifts.

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9 comments on “DIY Entry #30: Tiered Dessert Trays

  1. This is a great option, and much less intimidating than a huge wedding cake. You can also offer more choices, for those picky guests…

  2. Camerin writes...

    Very creative! And what I love is that this is a project that doesn’t just have to be for a wedding. You could use the concept for any party, shower, etc.

  3. This is such a creative idea! I can only imagine the endless possibilities that you could make with these unique trays. I’m sure it would also be a great conversation-starter. Thanks for sharing !

  4. I think tiered dessert trays add a very personal touch to each table/dessert table. If there is some thought into the desserts, guests get to share in exploring the couple’s favourite treats.

    The other wonderful thing about using tiered dessert trays is that if you are able to give one to each guest table, the tiered set-up becomes a point of socialization and conversation.

  5. Sandy writes...

    you were an answer to my prayers–it’s exactly the idea I need to use!! :-)

  6. While surfing on a net in a gloomy Saturday I came across this blog accidently and surprised! I just wondered how come this lady turn a tray plates to a wonderful thing. I just love her creativity and decided to follow. With the thrifty plates and glasses I tried to make a birthday cake tray for the upcoming birthday for my son. What else to say it was the centre of attraction in the party. Even my jealousy friends would appreciate me and asked how could I do it. Now am trying to ornate it with some other things! And you know something my designed trays would be a must in almost all parties and showers of my friends and relatives. Thanks to the author!

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