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Thrift Store Pedestals


A quick trip to the thrift store or dollar store and you can have these adorable Thrift Store Pedestals from Mitzi Curi.  They look antique and vintage, but they're actually made with old plates and candle stick holders.  This is a fun and clever way to display anthing from cookies and cupcakes to jewelry, dishes, sculptures, and more.  You could even leave them as a simple display to add a touch of vintage to any room in your home.

thrift store pedestals


  • Flea market plates and saucers
  • Glass candle holders
  • Non-glossy spray paint
  • Fine grit sanding sponge
  • Mod Podge and foam brush
  • E-6000 Glue
  • Vintage paper and/or cutouts (optional)



  1. To make your candle holders swanky, wash them with soapy water and dry them thoroughly.  Spray paint them with non-glossy spray paint.  Usually two or three light coats will do the trick. 

    thrift store pedestals
  2. Once thoroughly dry, use a fine grit sanding sponge and sand off some of the paint on your candle holder.  Concentrate on the edges and ridges.  I used paint-on pearl paint by Martha Stewart, and it flaked off.  Spray paint is easier to control when you are sanding:
  3. Here are the bases for my pedestals after sanding with the sanding sponge.

    thrift store pedestals
  4. Now for the saucers or plates.  If the center has no design, I used a scalloped punch to punch out pieces of floral vintage wallpaper.  Scrapbook paper could be used as a substitute here.  One of my plates has a copied vintage perfume label in the center, which I just cut out with scissors. 

    thrift store pedestals
  5. Mod Podge Matte was applied to the back of the paper pieces with a foam brush.  Press the paper onto the saucer, cleaning up any excess glue.  Topcoat with Mod Podge.  After the piece dries, a second coat of Mod Podge can be applied.
  6. To attach the candle holder to the plate, I used E-6000 glue.  It needs to set over night.

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