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diy project: kate’s twig serving platter

by Grace Bonney

since it’s the season for entertaining (and i chipped a couple plates in my plate set) i decided to turn some of my old plates into a two tiered serving platter that has a bit of nature meets modernism. when i showed it to my boyfriend his first reaction was – i don’t want to eat anything that touches that stick! so, with that in mind, this can also be a nice jewelry tray, key holder, or general catch all. i am using it for mixed nuts and stashing the shells in the top tier…happy crafting! –Kate

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What You’ll Need:

1. old plates, bowls
2. branch or twigs (look for pieces that are at least and inch in diameter and relatively straight)
3. saw and mitre box (or compound mitre saw)
4. epoxy (look for the one that is quick set and dries clear)
5. epoxy applicator (popsicle stick, chop stick, skewer, etc.)

1. clean your plates very thoroughly and dry completely.
2. cut the branch cleanly on both ends at the height you desire. you should try different heights and play around with it, because once you glue there’s no going back. to check if you made clean level cuts, you should be able to balance the plates on the twigs without glue.
3. once you have your pieces, mix your epoxy and apply to the bottom of the first twig with a popsicle stick or chopstick. place in the center of the plate, press down and hold for a minute. if you feel uncertain eyeballing the center point, you can measure and mark it with a pen.
4. apply glue to the top of the first twig and set the second plates on it. hold for a minute.
5. apply glue to the second twig and place in center of second bowl. hold for a minute.
6. allow platter to sit undisturbed for 24 hours.

NOTE: this piece is most definitely hand wash only. use a damp cloth to clean the plates. the piece will be sturdy enough to carry by the sticks if you prefer though.


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  • “i don’t want to eat anything that touches that stick!… well, mix nuts are ok.” that’s exactly what i thought as well =)
    Love the shape, i think i’ll actually give this one a try~
    Thanks for the great idea! i <3 diy wednesday!

  • Wow, this is a great idea! It looks really good on the table in front of that sofa, too. One suggestion — I’d suggest cutting the top part down a bit, just for the sake of visual balance. You’d have to sacrifice the nice branch at the top, but overall, I think it would have a little more impact, in a less is more kind of way. In any case, nice work!!

  • I love this idea, but am a little hesitant about the sturdiness and durability of using glue. I wonder if it would be possible to drill a hole in the center of the top dish with a dremel, insert the stick through it, and have the dish rest on one of those little twigs sticking out the side of the stick? Any thoughts?

  • Cool! At first glance I assumed there would be drilling of plates involved, but so much better with epoxy!

  • I love it! I think a third smaller plate on top would be even cooler, although perhaps not that practical. (What would you put in it?)

  • hey everyone! thanks for the feedback!

    on the epoxy versus drill issue. i thought about this and i considered drilling a hole in the base of each twig and inserting those small wooden pegs and using those to connect, but in the end i would still add glue to keep those in place. this simplifies it, and i have been very pleased with the strength and durability of epoxy. in the end it is a fragile object, but aren’t all tiered serving platters kind of fragile?

    the key is making sure your ceramics are clean, relatively lightweight, and that your twigs are cut flat. good luck!

  • Mmmm. Beautiful. I think I might varnish a stick, maybe people won’t mind eating things that touched it — although it won’t look quite as natural…

  • I find it so funny that people don’t want to eat anything that touches a stick…doesn’t a lot of our food grow on trees and plants, and hey, in some cases, in the ground?

    Don’t mean to complain but we are *so* removed from nature and where our food comes from that it’s alarming.
    Uh, but I love the idea, actually. Which is why I’m on this page, and commenting…Thanks for sharing!

  • This was a super idea and we really enjoyed making it. You have a lot of really great things here on your site and I’ll be letting people know about it.

  • wow just beautiful I can see a catered event with a table full of various size dishes, tall and short branches… and for those so scared of eating near a twigs oooh scary… I can see an entire dessert table of the dishes full of chocolate truffles, cookies and chocolate dipped strawberries!

  • Won’t eat anything that touches a stick??? Wow–I hadn’t realized that nature deficiency had hit our culture so hard. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
    I love the serving platter, and I’m not afraid to touch food that’s touched wood!

  • Love the idea…I would definitely have no problems with eating food near the stick, or even on the stick! (Toasting marshmallows at campfires comes to mind). It amuses me that people feel sticks are unsanitary in some way…but that said, I can hear my daughter now saying “Ewww”…

  • hey everyone!

    here are the resources:
    the sofa is from apartment therapy in san francisco. the curtains and bowls are from anthropologie. the curtains are currently available but the bowls are from last year. i think ikea has a similar organic style dinnerware though.

  • This is a really good idea. I’m going to make it for my mom for Christmas! She’s going to love it! Way better than an oridinary store bought gift!

  • Hello All –
    Will someone provide a name brand epoxy – I can’t find one that dries clear.

  • This is a very cool idea. Think of the possibilities if you used a birch branch, or a red maple or maybe even a beech, which its’ smooth, gray bark. Very cool!

  • I still cannot find that couch!!! i love it! but im horrible at navigating on apt therapy