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DIY Pedestal Plate or Vase

The following post is from Janel of Life with Lucie and Ella.:

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Months ago, I saw Myra’s post for DIY Hurricane Vases, and I fell in love with them. What a great way to take some simple dollar-store or thrift-store items and give them new life.

When I needed a decorative item for my mantel with a little more height, I decided to take inspiration from Myra and make my own with the flowers and vase from my Rolled Paper Flower Arrangement tutorial. I also realized that I could do the same thing to create a pedestal plate — it’s a great way to display different items at a buffet for a special occasion. Items at different heights add a little more visual interest.

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Whether you want a tall vase or pedestal plate, the process is the same. You’ll need some Gorilla Glue to glue your pieces together and some water to activate the glue. Because the glue dries a bit bubbly and has a color when it dries, I preferred not to use a clear glass plate or vase because you’d be able to see the glue in the finished product. But, of course, if you fill up your vase or pile up treats on your plate, the glued section will be covered so probably won’t see that anyway. Just use what you prefer.

How to Make a Pedestal Plate or Vase:

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  • plate, diy vase, or other decorative item to which you’d like to add some height
  • glass candlesticks (I got mine from the dollar store.)
  • Gorilla Glue
  • water
  • heavy books


Clean the surfaces where you will be applying the glue. Place your decorative plate or vase upside down. Use water to create a damp circle where you will attach the glass candlestick.  Also apply a little water to the rim of the glass candlestick where it will attach to the plate/vase. Try not to get any water inside the well of the candlestick or you will trap moisture inside.

Apply a small amount of Gorilla Glue to the rim of the glass candlestick. The glue will expand when it gets wet so don’t apply too much.

Place the candle holder on top of the plate, vase, or other item and center it. Carefully, place a heavy item such as a large book on top of the candlestick. The weight will help create a better bond between the two items. Allow the glue to cure for 1 – 2 hours.

source: Janel of Life with L and E

Fill your pedestal plate with cookies or your pedestal vase with flowers and enjoy!

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Janel is a stay-at-home mom of two and law school wife. Raised in a budget-conscious and do-it-yourself minded family, she loves seeing something in a store or magazine and making her own version at home for less money. Janel blogs about motherhood, crafts and recipes at Life with Lucie and Ella.