DIY Cake Stands

As a baker and a blogger I want my desserts to be presented beautifully. As a self confessed hoarder of all sorts of tableware I’m running out of storage room and don’t want to pay some of the exorbitant prices asked for some of the things I like. Especially cake stands. I mean come on $70.00 for a cake stand!

full table 2 edit

I’m also still trying to figure out how to utilize my old wedding cake pillars and plates but in the meantime I’ve put together a few economical pieces. When I googled DIY cake stands there was no shortage of inspiration. DIY’ers have creatively used melamine, wood, candlesticks and tumblers to display their desserts. The one thing I kept coming back to was storage. This probably wouldn’t be an issue if I could be satisfied with just a couple. One day when I get my nerve up I’ll share with you how many cake stands I have.

blueberry baby bundts on stands

With storage space at a premium I put together two cake stands with interchangeable parts and one with a permanently joined base and plate. I also felt that the best way to display them is with cake of course.

damask collage

blk white stand 1

Forgive me for not showing the picture of the plywood in this first one. I totally forgot until it was covered and it was too late then. The Mr received a package in the mail and part of the framing was a piece of plywood. He knew not to throw it away and just placed it on my table. Thanks babe! It’s covered it with contact paper on both sides. The base is an old Tupperware dip stand that I painted black a couple of years ago and have used as a riser in previous posts. By not gluing the two together I can interchange them with other pieces and the plate can be stored flat.

white gold collage 3

new gold stand edit

Stand number two started out as three 12” square pieces of plywood that I’ve used for charger plates. I used gorilla glue to bond them together. After that they received a couple coats of Valspar white satin spray paint. The gold metallic trim was a wonderful find in the clearance section at Meijer’s. I applied it to the edges with hot glue. The base was once a candle holder. Once the candle burned down I cleaned it out and applied 3 coats of gold glitter paint. Just enough to give it a little shimmer. Two separate pieces easy to stack and store.

white stand collage

new white stand edit

The base and top are joined for this one. The top is a cake pan that’s at least 15 years old. It had an odd lever/scraper deal in the bottom of it. For what I don’t know but it broke it off. It left a hole in the spot where it separated when it came off which rendered it useless as a cake pan. Good thing I didn’t throw it out. The base is a plastic tumbler. White spray paint again for both of them. This time I used super glue to attach the base and the white ruffle ribbon around the edge.

full table 1

I’m going to do my best to not go overboard with my DIY cake stand obsession. Even if they don’t take up lots of room I’ll have to learn to say enough. Or else, I could……….

The recipes for the cakes will be posted to Sweet Sensations in a few days. I’m also sharing this at the following parties this week:

Wow Us Wednesday’s

Tablescape Thursday’s

Inspire Me Tuesday

Katherine’s Corner

DIY by Design

Rustic and Refined

The Scoop

34 thoughts on “DIY Cake Stands

  1. Jacqueline

    You did a fabulous job! I know your pain, I am so out of space. Now my niece wants to come over and throw things away (she lived in my basement for a year so she knows my storage issues). I said, “You realize I am a tablescaper and I turn to these items to create my tables!!”
    I know what that pan was!! My mom had those and it ran around the bottom and sides of the pan to release the cake from the pan. They were wonderful. Guess they stopped making those ages ago but I forgot about them until you talked about that pan.

    1. Sandra Post author

      Thanks Jacqueline for clearing up the pan mystery and for being so supportive. At times I want to prune my stash but I know as soon as I get rid of something I’ll regret it.

  2. Pandora's Box

    These are adorable, but I know what you mean about storage! Mine are all in the bottom of the linen closet and a bedroom closet…and they are stacked, too! Have you ever used E6000 glue rather than super glue? It’s much stronger – try it!

    1. Sandra Post author

      I have seen E6000 but never used it. Will use a Michaels/Joanns coupon and grab some. Yep, my closets are packed also. I also make use of the space under the beds. Sad isn’t it!

  3. Jacqui Odell

    I have to share this with my mother in law. She’s always looking for new ways to make stands. Thank you for linking up to Party Time and we hope to see you again next week!

  4. susie

    I have to confess I have close to one hundred cake plates and I too have to be resourceful with storage. many times I make mini stands and just layer nice plates over nice glassware or bowls.Spray paint performs miracles as does modge podge, double sided adhesive tapes can be a girls best friend I have a goal that I set I want to get a least one of every color out there pretty ambitious huh?Susie

    1. Sandra Post author

      100 oh my gosh!!! I am light years away from that. Where do you keep them? You’ve set a very ambitious goal and I look forward to seeing your creations.

  5. Alycia Nichols

    Go for it! Don’t leave me hanging out there all by myself with a load of cake stands!!! What’s worse is that I hardly ever bake and have the nerve to still have that many!!!!! 🙂 (I use them for stuff other than cakes, though, so I still feel justified.)

    You came up with some really creative and relatively easy ways to have the exact style and size you need! SO great of your husband to anticipate your desire to keep that wood!!!

    I’ll be back to blogging and visiting again soon. Just got out of the back brace (again!!!) today. Going for some advanced tests on my back on Wednesday. 🙁

    1. Sandra Post author

      I’ve been toying around with the idea of an Etsy shop but not sure if I’m ready to make that commitment yet. Cake stands are great for flowers, candles and also glasses on a buffet table. Gotta be creative right!

  6. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Wow I love that you made these beautiful cake stands! You know that I rarely make cakes, but for those rare occasions, I had bought some (not many) cake stands… and yes they are expensive! I’d totally use your idea and make into a fun project. Instead of looking for a perfect one, create one yourself, right? Great idea, Sandra!!


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