DIY – How to make a one tier vintage cake stand

I’ve been wanting to make one of these cute little one tier vintage cake stands for some time, I was a novice in this department, however Edie has made these before, and was the perfect person to tutor me.

I was lucky enough to have my grandmothers original silver vintage handle, and I purchased a sweet little plate from our local bazaar. Have fun with this, these plates are just gorgeous for food photography, tea parties, and any occasion really where you want some of the prettier, finer things in life.


  • Vintage plates (available from Salvation Army stores, Bazaar’s, ebay etc)
  • Cake tier hardware (mine was from family, but you can easily buy kits from ebay)
  • Drill
  • Rubber washers (I found mine in the plumbing section of Bunnings)
  • Ceramic/Tile drill bit (I used a 6ml drill bit)
  • Masking Tape
  • Ruler/Measuring Tape
  • Pen


  1. Start by marking up your plate by finding the centre. Use the ruler to help you. Once you find the centre, place a piece of masking tape in the middle. (The tape is designed to help keep your drill bit from sliding off the ceramic)
  2. I drilled my plate in the sink, as you will need to run the water over the centre of the plate to keep the drill bit cool. – Alternatively, you can use a spray bottle filled with water.
  3. Start at an angle, and gently use the weight of the drill to start drilling into the plate. Use very little pressure, and keep the drill on low speed. This will take several minutes, even up to 15, but you just want to go slowly so the plate doesn’t crack.
  4. After this time, the drill should easily make a smooth hole in the centre of your plate.
  5. Remove the masking tape, and dry off the plate, then assemble the hardware using rubber washers inbetween to secure the handle.
  6. Once finished, display with sweet little cakes, macarons, or anything else that tickles your fancy!


  • Wow that looks so easy! I know a lovely lady that makes three tier ones and she uses vintage plates (Valentina’s cake stands). Using a piece of your grandmother’s must make it that much more special 😀

    • Reply April 19, 2015

      Must Love Rust

      Hi Lorraine, They are easier than they look, we are hoping to do some of the three tier ones soon, just looking for some really cute handles for the stand. 🙂 Love your feedback!

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