Whoa! This project was a tad bit challenging (to say the least!)! The good news is that I learned a lot and can pass that knowledge on to you! Let me take you through how to make a wreath from assorted china plates – the correct way! Back in January I decided I wanted to try to take inexpensive china pieces and layer them to make a custom plate wreath. I decided I wanted to use china that was all white a gold as I already have gold tones in my dining room and felt these tones would work well in the space.
First Step, Hunting for China
I started out thrifting and was able to find quite a few pieces at The Blessing Barn Store in Mendon, MA. The Blessing Barn is a second hand store that donates all it’s proceeds to local charities, it is one of my favorite places to shop. I was on a mission to find inexpensive plates, cups, saucers, sugar bowls and lids all with different patterns in gold and white. I knew all of these shapes and sizes would bring their own dimension to the layered wreath and add interest. My china search was completed at the Winsmith Mill Market in Norwood, MA. The Winsmith is a great indoor vintage market place with many wonderful vendors. I loved that many of the pieces I bought seem to be from 50th Anniversary gifts from long ago.
Assembling the Wreath
Once I had all the pieces collected, I set out to figure out how to assemble the wreath. I knew the wreath form would have to be flat and that a wired wreath form would not provide enough surface space to glue the pieces on. I eventually found this wreath form on Amazon. It is made from wood fiber and measures 18″, perfect! For the glue, a little research brought me to Loctite Liquid professional super glue. it is noted to be super strength and good with ceramics. (spoiler alert I switched to