FFf Eclectic Red Barn: A Cake Stand as a Vase?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A Cake Stand as a Vase?

Here is the story of how a pedestal cake stand became a vase.

I had four heart-shaped tins and I decided to make some heart shaped candles. I thought I might give them as gifts. 

Heart-shaped Tins

What to use for the candles. You know how when you want to do something, you want to do it now. Well, that was me! So I found four votives. I put them in a glass bowl over some boiling water in a saucepan and let them melt.

Melting Votives for Candles, using double broiler

After they melted, I removed the wicks and poured the melted wax into the heart tins. Fortunately, I had some small wicks to replaced the ones I removed. 

Heart-shaped Tin Candle

As I was waiting for them to cool, I decided to put away a cake stand that I had recently used, which belonged to my grandmother. I turned it up side down so as to be able to fit it in my buffet. (Too many things in there!) I looked at it and thought, "what a cute vase this would make." So I headed outside to pick flowers. I found a pretty rose that would work. 

When the candles were cool, I arranged them around the underside of the now upside down cake stand and then placed the rose (and water) in the now open base.  

Heart-shaped Tins as Candles with a Rose

Heart-shaped Tins as Candles

This was nice, but it was missing something. I went back to my buffet to see what else I could find. I found these heart-shaped paper doilies. 

Heart-shaped Paper Doilies

I placed them under the heart shaped tins. The result looked much better.  My rose was fading so back outside for some more flowers. This time I decided to use some ground orchids and heather. I also included another purplish plant (have no idea what it is).  I even placed some of the heather around the tins.

Cake Stand as Valentine's Day Vase with Ground orchids

It still needed something. I found a quilted, heart shaped place mat. Now it seemed to be complete and ready for Valentine's Day. That's how my pedestal cake stand became, a vase.

Cake Stand as Valentine's Day Vase with Heart-shaped Mat

I am using it on my coffee table, but with the dark wood background, the pictures is a little dark.    Therefore, I took most of the pictures on my kitchen table.

Linking up at Whipperberry.


  1. Very nice. I'm glad I stopped by. I'm going to follow you after I comment. Usually I follow on Twitter, Google +, and also Facebook. Take care, linda

    1. Linda,
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Thanks for following too.

  2. Oh, why not? It looks fabulous!

    Hopping by and following your lovely blog's Pinterest. I blog @ Getting Healthy with Essential Oils

    I am also inviting you to join Tiddle Diddle Handmade Shoppe's first giveaway event.

  3. Isn't it funny how we look at an item one way for so long and then all of a sudden, we find a new use for it. That's what happen with this cake stand. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. what a creative and lovely project! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

    1. Thanks for commenting and hosting Thursday Favorite things hop. It's always nice to find a new way to use an item.

  5. What a good idea! It looks lovely!

    1. Thanks Jeanie for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it. Love when something can be re-purposed.

  6. what a pretty project, Bev. We are featuring this at the party today. We can't wait to see what you're sharing this week!


    1. Lelanie,
      Thanks for liking my cake stand vase and for featuring me in your site. I am so excited and appreciate being selected.
      I have added your button on this blog and on my page.
      Thanks again,


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