Victorian Tea Stand Out of Porcelain Plates

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I threw an Authentic Victorian Tea Party baby shower for my awesome sister-in-law.

I love the Victorian Era and watching TV shows and movies during this time period. So when planning the baby shower, I knew I wanted to make the afternoon tea as authentic to this era as I could.

In order to serve food in this traditional manner, I made three of these 3-tiered Victorian Tea Stands.

They turned out beautiful and were very sturdy.

1. Place painter's tape on the front and back of the porcelain plates in a cross or star-shaped pattern to prevent cracking.

Tip- Buy an extra plate to practice on first. Shop at thrift stores for these. I found 8 of the 9 plates at a thrift store for .50-.75 cents each. The beautiful gold and pink plate on top of one of the stands were $1.00 at an estate sale.

2. Using a measuring tape or ruler, measure and mark the center of the plate.

3. Place the plate on a stack of thick towels or on top of a box that will support the plate.

4. Using a knife or Exacto blade, remove tape in the center where you will drill.

5. Dip the drill bit in water and start drilling. Sporadically stop and dip the drill bit in the water. Water really helps the drill bit cut through the porcelain.

6. Drill slowly using medium pressure. Be patient as the drill bit works its way through the tough porcelain.

Important Note- Use the correct bit ( I’ve linked to it here). If you are not using a diamond coated bit/hole saw bit you will likely break the porcelain plate.

7. Remove tape, clean plates, and assemble them using the hardware.

I just followed the directions on the hardware and the stands came together super quickly. Tip– Tighten these firmly but not too tight.

That’s it! Now you can enjoy your next event with a fun custom 3 tiered Victorian Tea Stand.

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  • Margaret Howard Margaret Howard on May 18, 2021

    Very nice!

    What is the hardware called, & where did you buy it?

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    • Jeanne Martin Jeanne Martin on May 20, 2021

      @ Pdmkiss - It's called Cake Stand Hardware. The link to it in the materials list doesn't take you to it correctly on Amazon, so just search for cake stand hardware.

  • JoLene Krawczak JoLene Krawczak on May 19, 2021

    Beautiful! Thanks for the excellent tutorial.