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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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Feb 19, 2014

i am going to give this a try


Feb 12, 2014

I have made these with floral clay and then took it apart after use. You can turn any glass upside down and add a plate on the top. Makes a great cake plate when the glass is wide and sturdy. Stemware can be interesting for lightweight things. I sold crystal at one point and it was fun to stick different dishes together for serving pieces. Hint: For glass plates, cover the floral clay with a doily on the plate. If you have a clear glass plate with a design, you can color the underside with dry erase.


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Jan 24, 2014

Love this idea...my girlfriend and I do something very similar with tea cups and saucers, either matching or odds and ends. We use a product call adhesive wax that really holds but can still be taken apart if needed. We use the result as a sugar cube holder or small dessert server. If the saucer is a deeper sort it is even better.


Mar 24, 2013



Mar 10, 2013

we made these a long time ago in homemaker's club. I put them outside and fill with different types of birdseed. When it rains they become little birdbaths.


Feb 17, 2013

This sounds awesome...I'll let you know how mine turn out!


Feb 3, 2013

I really like this idea and would like to make some of these. My question is does the glue dry clear??? I have several pieces of glassware that I want to use but they are clear glass and would need a glue that dried clear. Thanks for any info that you can give me.


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