DIY Cake Stands

And the DIY continues…

This weekend, I finished up one of the projects I was really excited about — my DIY cake stands!

I originally saw this idea mentioned on Pizzazzerie and have been pretty smitten with the idea ever since. After all, I’ve swooned over Rosanna cake stands, but I really just couldn’t bring myself to spend all that money. Instead, these past few weeks I’ve been hunting for supplies and assembling these beauties. All in all, three cake stands cost me about $50 total to create.

And (in theory), they were pretty easy to make and assemble.

[SIDE NOTE: First try through, I did coat number 1 in matte finish spray paint, but coat 2 in glossy finish. Bad call. Coat number 2 cracked as soon as it dried, and I then had to use paint stripper -- which is a super intense chemical -- and remove all the paint and start over. Needless to say, this project was a little more time-consuming than I planned. Choose your spray paint wisely.]

But yeah, easy to assemble ; ) If you’re thinking of making your own gorgeous little cake stands, here’s how I did it…

First, I started with a few key supplies:

  • Candle stick holders — I found mine at HomeGoods and Ross for $6-9 a piece.
  • Plates — The large one is from HomeGoods ($15) and the smaller ones were from Walmart ($1.50/each). I also happened to see plates at the Dollar Tree after the fact that would have worked.
  • Spray paint
  • Gorilla Glue
  • Gloves — I hear Gorilla Glue is a nightmare if you get it on your skin.
  • Heavy book(s)

Then, I began to assemble like so…

  1. I took the candle stick holders outside and spray painted them. Because the ones I chose had lots of ridges, I flipped them over half-way through to make sure I got the paint in all the cracks. Be sure to cover the surface you’re painting on!
  2. Once dry, I brought the candle stick holders back inside to glue them to my plates. Following the instructions on the Gorilla Glue packaging, I affixed the candle stick holders and the plates, put heavy books on top to hold it tight, and let it sit for a few hours.
  3. Because of my first spray paint mishap, I waited a full week to do the final step — adding another coat of spray paint, this time to the whole stand. I placed the cake stands face down (spray paint is not food-friendly) and painted the candle stick holders and the bottom of the plates, thus making it look like one nearly seamless piece. Because the edges of my larger, square plate came up a bit in some areas (guess that’s why it was at HomeGoods), I then used fine sandpaper to sand any paint that went too far onto the top of the plate.

And voila! Cake stands!

Now I just can’t wait to put these beauties on my dessert tables. The larger stand is for Michael’s 3-tiered rice crispy treat groom’s cake, and the 2 smaller stands are for some delicious Italian cookies that my grandmother is bringing down from Jersey!

And once the wedding is over, I’m going to re-spray paint these babies red so they match my kitchen! Gotta love items you can recycle!


PS: If you love DIY and are interested in winning your own custom wedding monogram, be sure to enter the contest I’m currently running with Ten23Designs!

About Nicole Denton

With a love of planning just about anything — from her own wedding, to bridal and baby showers, to dinner parties, and more – Nicole is the Plunge Project’s founder and former editor-in-chief. A New Jersey native, Nicole has called Chandler, Arizona home since 2013, where she currently lives with her husband Michael; two pit bulls, Shelby and Link; and cat, Kity Perry. A University of Tennessee graduate, Nicole has a bachelors in communications and a career at a rapidly-growing digital marketing firm.

6 Comments on DIY Cake Stands

    • Nicole
      October 19, 2010 at 11:14 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks! They really are one of the cooler projects I feel I worked on :) Plus, I know they’ll come in handy for years when we entertain!

  1. Elizabeth
    October 19, 2010 at 10:25 pm (5 years ago)

    Ah, brilliant! My venue has some pretty basic display stuff, but I’ve been hunting around thrift stores and the internets for cake stands and other dishes. Plus, like you said, they’re good to have around, so even if I spend a little on them, at least I’ll get to use them forever! I’m definitely going to try my hand at making a couple, though!

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