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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