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I've always had a love for tiered trays. I don't use them for fruit, fresh breads, or fresh baked desserts - I wish I did, but I don't. Instead I like using them to display miniature things like handmade snowballs in the winter, miniature deer & penguins and a few sparkly pieces of decor. This is how I express myself in using these beauties.

There's plenty of gorgeous tiered trays that you can purchase from just about anywhere, but making them is not only fun, but is unique to you - rather than having one that could essentially be like your next door neighbors.

I absolutely love making things for my home and I'm blessed in being able to do this without much effort. I realize that there's many of you who might be a little intimidated with such a project and so for this reason, I decided to write this article.

This is what one of my blogger friends has to say about these...

Are you all sick to death of seeing our tiered stands? I hope not, because my husband and I finished a few more of them for the shop, so I thought I’d show them to you.

I’m always searching for great-looking vintage bowls and pans, and save them up until I can put together the right combination to make a stand.

Occasionally, I get lucky and find a set of bowls and pans that match, which makes the project easier.

We almost always use portions from antique bed posts for the spindle that divides the tiers. I paint and distress them, and my husband assembles them (because I’m terrible at getting the holes centered in the middle of the pans!)

2 enamelware bowls not found together. I got the smaller, top bowl first, then later found the lower bowl, which is a big one, so it had plenty of storage room.

2 vintage pie tins

a pie tin paired with some kind of metal sifter bowl

Essentials of making a Tier Stand

Ruler, marker, drill, screws, whatever your using for the tiers (antique plates, vintage pie tins, vintage cake pans, etc.), vintage spindles (chair spindles, piece of a headboard, ballusts, etc.), or candlestick holders.

There's two ways of making Tier Stands - gluing the pieces together, or screwing them together.

These are shared from Knick of Time

How beautiful is this. Now let's make one.

Screwing The Pieces Together

Use old enamelware bowls. I get a larger bowl for the bottom of the stand and a smaller bowl for the top.

You’ll also need something strong for the “spindle” that connects the bowls together. Feel free to use things like fancy chair legs, or an antique bed headboard.

And you’ll need wooden round plaques for each bowl. Here a 3″ plaque for the smaller bowl and a 5″ plaque for the larger bowl.

Determine the height you want between the lower bowl and the top bowl, and cut the spindle to size.

Mine was cut about 8″ long. If one end of your spindle is tapered, make sure you cut where it’s wide enough to allow a screw to go into it.

You’ll need two other types of screws called a chrome trim screw. They come in different lengths and have a finish washer under the screw head. The washer keeps the screw head from going through the bowl, which can be a problem on older, rusty bowls.

The first thing to do is drill pilot holes in center of both of the wooden bases, and the bowls.

When drilling the hole through the bowls, put a junk piece of wood underneath it.

Because the spindle is smaller, we just”eyeball” the center and drill the pilot hole on both ends.

Paint both of the wooden plaques and the spindle and let them dry.

Now, it’s time to assemble the tiered stand.

Holding the chrome trim screw with pliers, thread through the bottom of the smaller bowl and small wood plaques.

And into the pilot hole on the end of the spindle, and tighten it in place.

Now do the same thing with the larger bowl and larger plaque on the bottom. This time you'll start with holding the chrome trim screw with pliers, thread through the bottom of the larger wood plaque and then through the larger bowl and into the other end of the spindle.

Gluing The Pieces Together

Courtesy of Home Made Lovely

This tutorial is using glue instead of screws. Although this is much easier, screws are preferred.

Using epoxy is totally different than using glue. First it needs to be stirred extremely well for the two adhesives to work properly. Then after you have it mixed, you need to work fast because it dries very quickly.

1. Start by painting the wooden pieces in the color of your choice.

Now because the epoxy dries very quickly - prep what your going to be doing.

You want to work boom - boom - boom!

Flip the smallest and medium trays upside down. Place the candle sticks beside the smallest tray and the largest tray. Also place the feet next to the largest tray and the finial next to the smallest tray.

2. Place the smallest tray upside down, mix your epoxy together really - really well. Take one of your candle sticks and smear the epoxy to one end with a popsicle stick, also place some epoxy in the center of your tray - allow both to start drying for a second - then place the candle stick to the bottom of the tray. Leave this tray upside down with the candlestick facing up.

3. Now place a small amount of epoxy in the center of your medium tray and also on the other end of the candlestick that's attached to the smallest tray. Allow to dry for a second and put the two together.

4. Now place the larger tray upside down, place a small amount of epoxy in the center, take your other candlestick and place a small amount of epoxy on both ends and also place a small amount of epoxy on the bottom of your medium size tray. Let the pieces dry for a second. Glue your second candlestick to the bottom of your larger tray, flip the other two trays right side up and place on top of the larger tray.

3. With a bit of epoxy, secure the “feet” to the bottom of the largest tray and with another dab of epoxy on the bottom of the finial to attach it to the top of the smallest tray.

Some other tier stands that I think are gorgeous...

One for your kitchen

One for your craft room

One for your bathroom

One for entertaining

How simply gorgeous are these made from vintage and antique dinner plates.

Look at this one made from vintage metal lamp shades.

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