This is a such a simple make that I feel a bit of a cheat doing it as my first tutorial, but I think every host and hostess needs a cake stand, so I'm doing my bit for a pretty serve-ware filled world.
Plates - as many as you want, two or three would get you a traditional cake stand
Teacups - one less than the number of plates, you could use glasses or egg cups instead if you want your gaps to be deeper or more shallow
Adhesive - something suitable for glass & ceramic
Pretty drawer knob
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Pick the components of your cake stand.
Usually I would favour a mismatched look, but I bought this lot (as part of a dirt cheap 60-plus part set) specifically for making things with.
Thoroughly clean & dry all of your components, you don't want anything contaminating the adhesive.
Decide on your layout, you might find that teacup handles render some layouts unsuitable, I couldn't use either of the top layouts as the handle prevented the top plate and teacup rim sitting flush.
You might want a carry handle on the top like the shop bought cake stands, a pretty drawer knob would be great for this!
There is a step here that I skipped, you might want to measure and mark your centres & plate to teacup positioning, I just did it by eye.
Get your adhesive out and read the instructions
Prepare your adhesive as per the instructions, remembering to crack a window first in case it smells of rotting fish like this stuff did.
Now glue it all together, piece by piece.
I smooshed (technical term) some more glue around the edges after the pieces had been initially glued in position.
Pop something heavy on top and go do something else.
Add some sweet treats (& maybe some mini paper bunting if you're so inclined) and there you have it.