Although the holidays seem far away still, it is never too early to start thinking of holiday gift giving and entertaining. To help you get a head start, here is a simple and elegant craft project. Whether you keep it yourself for serving your guests, or give it away as a gift, it is sure to get rave reviews. The beauty of this project is that you can usually find lovely plates to use at a thrift store and the other materials at a hardware store, making this inexpensive and easy to do.
Tiered Serving Tray
Two or three plates in graduated sizes (small to large)
A drill with a glass/tile drill bit
Threaded lamp rod
Nuts and washers that fit the lamp rod
Lamp spacers (two of equal length and a shorter one)
Mark and drill a hole through the center of each plate. The hole should be as large as the lamp rod. Place a nut and a washer on one end of the lamp rod, and insert the rod through the hole in the largest plate. Turn the plate over and attach a lamp base by adding a washer and threading on a nut.
Turn the piece right side up, and add a lamp spacer, a washer and nut, and the next plate. Secure it with another nut and washer. If you are using three plates, add the next plate, and secure the same way. A short lamp spacer goes above the top plate. Finish the piece by screwing on a lamp finial.
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