Thursday, January 31, 2008

Put on a Pedestal

This easy craft project is one of my favorites from my Christian Woman column because it is quick and simple. To make a footed cake plate like the one pictured, start with a plate and bowl. If using patterned dishes, make sure the bowl will look good turned upside down. I found lime green plates and bowls at a dollar store. Paired with different colored ribbons, this inexpensive cake plate could put dessert on a pedestal at every occasion from Valentine's Day to Christmas.

To make a cake plate, lightly sand the bottom of your bowl. Run a bead of glue around the bottom of the bowl. You will need to use a solvent like E-6000 that will bond ceramics. Turn your plate over, and adhere the bowl to the center of the plate. Set the project aside for the glue to dry, according to package directions. Then top the finished cake plate with candles, fruit or dessert.

I made this cake plate as a door prize for this weekend's ladies retreat with the Wetumpka Church of Christ. We will be talking about the blessings of Christian frienship. I love practical ideas that can inspire us to reach out to someone else. Something as simple as a pretty cake stand might inspire us to deliver a cake to a new neighbor or invite a friend over for lunch.

I'm also hoping that this project will remind us to put the people in our lives on a pedestal. Not in the sense of making them infallible or unapproachable, but in giving them a special place in our hearts. In their book The Gift of Honor, John Trent and Gary Smalley say, "Honor is a decision we make to place high value, worth and importance on another person by viewing him or her as a priceless gift and granting him or her a position in our lives worthy of great respect; and love involves putting that decision into action" (p. 280). And just like making a cake plate to showcase favorite desserts, putting those we love on a pedestal brings sweet rewards.

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8 comments:

Leah said...

What a great idea! I love this!!

Rebecca said...

That is such a cute idea!!!
What a wonderful thought. Just think what it would be like if everyone put others on a pedestal. Thanks for sharing this.

Becky Welch said...

I remember this from Christian Woman and thought even then how great of an idea this was. You have inspired me to try and make some!!

Nancy Hood said...

I love this idea! and can't wait to use it! Hello Christmas gifts, birthdays and It's Your Day gifts! Is it hard to find the bonding agent? Should I look at a ceramic store?

Melissa Lester said...

I'm so glad you want to give this project a try! I have found E-6000 in the craft section at Wal-Mart, as well as craft stores like Michaels and AC Moore.

Jennifer Driver said...

Oh no ... Now I'm going to be addicted to looking at your blog to see what my favorite sister is up to. Too bad I am about to go back to work! You have done a great job putting it together. I love the craft idea. Miss you!

Vonda Chalfant said...

I can't wait to try this great craft. Thank you for always making me feel like I am on a pedestal and honoring me by being my dear friend! Love and miss you!

Anita McFarland said...

i can't wait to try...I've already been looking at plates and bowls differnetly. It's going to be exciting to see what craft ideas are to come.

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