DIY Dessert Domes

One of the first projects I shared on Plum Doodles was DIY Cupcake Stands– remember those? I’ve found that people prefer to buy them with covers. The small dessert stands can be topped with a cheese dome. However, the ones made from dinner plates need something larger. Cake domes are easy enough to find, but I wanted something less expensive.


DIY Dessert Stand and Cover |


Can you guess what it is? Yep, a cover from a light fixture. I’ve made cloches from candle sconces, so why not dessert domes from a light fixture? I recently saw a gorgeous cloche made from a light fixture, by Jeanette from Creating a Life.

Supplies and directions may vary depending on the type of cover and knob you use.


DIY Glass Dessert Dome Supplies |



Light fixture cover

Cabinet knob

Various washers

Screw- stainless steel, so it doesn’t rust

Loctite Thread Locker Blue (the red tube totally threw me off)


Parts go in the order shown in the picture above. Thread the metal and plastic washers onto the screw, then add a tiny bit of Loctite to the thread of the screw and into the hole of the knob. The blue Loctite in the red tube will keep the screw from coming loose, but is removable. There is another version that is permanent.


Apply loctite to screw |


For this dome, I placed a clear plastic washer on the hole in the top of the dome, then the knob on top of that. It is a tiny bit tricky trying to hold the dome with the knob and washer in place, while screwing the screw assembly from underneath.


DIY Glass Dessert Dome |


I love the chef dudes on the plate. The black knob coordinates with the black detail on the plate.


Make Your Own Dessert Stand and Cover |


The smaller coordinating chef dude dessert stand:


Small Dessert Stand- Chef |


While I had the glue and sandpaper out, I also did this rooster plate, although I almost hated to use the pretty blue glass.


Small Dessert Stand- rooster |


My latest collection of dessert stands:


DIY Dessert Stands and Dome |


Time to find some cheese domes for the smaller dessert stands.

Note: Depending on the material of your knobs, I probably wouldn’t put these DIY Dessert Domes into the dish washer.

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  1. That’s a great idea. I have a light dome that I bought a few years back, but was the wrong size and I was too lazy to return it. I’ve been racking my brain to try and come up with something crafty for it, but no luck until I just saw this. I don’t think mine is domed enough for something like that, but it does give me some other sparks so THANK YOU for the inspiration and I will be awaiting the gift of my very own homemade (by you, of course) dessert plate with domed lid.

  2. Tami jo says:

    This is amazing ! Only problem for mine is that the opening on top are all much bigger! Any advice?

    • Hmm, I’m not sure. Maybe you could find a metal or hard plastic disc that you could drill a small hole in, then glue over the opening? Sometimes the light covers already have a metal escutcheon that goes over the opening. Or you can buy escutcheons that go behind cabinet knobs, but that would increase your cost quite a bit unless you can find them in a thrift store.

  3. PS I’m going to link this post on my blog’s Facebook page.

  4. I am loving this idea! I happen to love covered cake stands and like to give them as gifts. Something like these would be much more special. Eureka! 😀

  5. What a fUn idea—hmmmmm-

  6. I LOVE this, Sheila! Thanks so much for your kind mention of my cloche! Have a good week.

    Jeanette @ Creating a Life

  7. Wow Sheila…what a great idea!!…the cake dome is beautiful..far better than the ones that you buy!……the cake stands are just so pretty too!…Have a great weekend!!

  8. This is a brilliant idea. Thank you for the tutorial!

  9. This is just the greatest idea, Sheila! I’ve looked at those light fixture covers a million times knowing that they was bound to be a way to repurpose them and you hit the nail on the head. Love it!

  10. Hey girl, here we go again! Just can’t stay away from glass can we?! This is a super idea. I can see it outside for out door meals too, to keep flies etc from food in general! nicely done! ♥

  11. What a great idea! I love the re-purpose of a the light fixture! These are so cute!

  12. Very clever, Sheila! A great idea to repurpose light fixtures like that.

  13. So so clever that’s amazing Sheila

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