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    The 2nd best thing to do with a plate.

    The best thing to do with a plate would of course be to eat off of it.

    But have you ever owned a plate that you truly adored too much to eat off of?

    A few years ago I started collecting random plates. I would find them at estate sales. Gorgeous plates, not in a set. Sweet little babies separated from their family... from what I can only imagine was by some sort of natural disaster. I mean what type of woman/wife/mother/cook/baker/blogger would own plates that were not kept in a set? I choose to blame it on a twister....

    Anyways, I had this stack of plates. Each one my favorite. And no way to display them. If we ate off of them they would be covered in food and what if you came to my house and I didn't serve you food... you would never see my plate collection!

    So I had this idea. Hang them on the wall. Clearly that is not an original idea. There is an entire section of "plate hangers" at Wal Mart.... but I do think I pulled it off in a slightly original way.

    I really do love each and every one of these plates. They each have their own distinct print, time period, fork scratch.... love.

    Here are a few of my favorites.

    The large platter in the middle is Franciscan Starburst. This print was manufactured in California from 1954-1957. The company thought with the prosperity that came after the war, consumers were ready for something new.... the futuristic starry design was thought to fit in well with the new chrome kitchens and advanced appliances.

    I love the starbursts. The shape. The color. The era that it reflects. This platter was actually the inspiration for my left half sleeve.

    See the starbursts! Oh and I guess it was the inspiration for my SugarDerby logo as well... duh! Also, this picture was taken at Bakerella's book signing. Thank you to her wonderful photographer, Julie.

    Enough about me.... let's get back to these plates. I simply bought "saw tooth hangers" and super glued/ hot glued them to the back of the plates. Super glue doesn't adhere to every plate so I would use hot glue when needed.

    To get my "look" I traced each plate onto a sheet of paper and drew a slight replication of it on the sheet. I used crayon so I could see the different colors. I then taped these to the wall so I could figure out how I wanted to hang them before I actually busted out the hammer and nails.

    Since this picture, I have added at least 6 more plates to the wall. And my collection of randoms keeps growing!

    So, I had to figure out some other way to use my orphan plates.

    I absolutely adore tiered dessert trays. Here are a few of my vintage trays....

    And... um.... I am now going to cut to the chase.

    I have lots of plates. I also have lots of small glass "things" that I can't bear passing up. I have super glue and I have a brain. Here is what I did.


    I took the lid from that small glass bottle..

    and used it here....

    Remember the plethora of milk glass I stumbled upon? Well I got to use some of it...

    Cutest thing ever... It's big enough for a bundt cake or for whatever yummy you have!

    Here they are in full use.

    Oh and, earlier when I said "small glass "things" that I can't bear passing up".... here are few examples.

    Any of these would work perfectly for the middle of a tier.

    And if you are not an estate sale person... or just don't have a chance to get to them... You can find tons, and I mean TONS, of plates and glassware at any thrift store.

    Cheap and easy friends.

    Cheap and easy!

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    Reader Comments (19)

    bought my first random plate this weekend. you're a genius.

    January 31, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermariah

    um, imma need to do this project! and maybe you may have to help me scout materials.

    January 31, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjro

    You can just raid my "supply" closet :)

    January 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

    Thanks girlllll

    January 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

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    February 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter» Archive » Cheese

    I absolutely love your are so good at this! Thanks for sharing all your creative and wonderful ideas Melissa.

    February 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTina

    love the blue dessert display

    February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRandi

    AWESOME!!! I found some Franciscan Starburst saucers - no teacups, at a vintage thrift shop that was cleaning out to close, so I bought them both, for $2 Yay! i love them and use em to take my food porn pics every now & then.(which mostly go on twitter & my facebook page.) I love your idea, and may have to plagerize. if I do, I will def share a photo!

    March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter@stampylisa

    I love those old prints!! What's your FB? I would love to see pics :)

    March 30, 2011 | Registered CommenterSugarDerby

    Great ideas! I too adore tiered dessert trays and cute plates! :) I'll have to get creative and try some of your ideas. Thanks!

    May 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

    Your ideas ROCK! I am in love with the milk glass stand. Thanks for the inspiration!

    May 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

    such a great idea!!!!! kind of a dumb question, but are you able to hand wash them? i guess they're more for decor, but still, cookies are greasy and doilies only do so much!!

    June 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkatie

    Yes ma'am just hand wash them!

    June 16, 2011 | Registered CommenterSugarDerby

    This is such a great, reasonably priced find for my new apartment! I love it. So simple.

    September 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLily

    this is such a wonderful idea. i just stumbled upon your beautiful blog and adore it. i really appreciate your love for vintage and yummy bakes. i will def. be checking this blog all the time now! thanks again.

    p.s. your ultimate ice cream cake cookie pies are featured on my blog :)

    September 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertiffany montgomery

    Or stick it too a wall, love the post.

    cheap canvas print

    November 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSue

    Love your work, I love glass too! What kind of glue do you use and does it hold up forever?

    November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterReStyleIt

    I'm the same as you....I love treasures and especially plates, glassware and pottery. I'm going to make some of these up for Christmas gifts. I also love the thrift stores. Please post other ideas!

    October 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLD Bark

    loved this and posted one of the photos on my blog, I credited you and added a link back to your blog.


    March 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHolly Shaw

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