This DIY cake stand will come in handy for so many baking and decorating situations! You can make one yourself for so much less than it costs to buy one!
I do own a number of cake stands of different shapes and sizes, but now that we have our new open shelving installed in the kitchen, I thought I could use just one more. 🙂 You can see the shelving in this year’s Christmas home tour if you missed it when I shared that last week. I’ve always loved the look of a whole collection of cake stands all lined up on a shelf and they do also come in handy for making any baking you’ve done seem a little more special. I had a feeling that this would be a great little DIY challenge for me and I was so excited to find that I could actually make a beautiful cake stand that rivals any you would be in a store for very little money. Cake stands for everyone!
Supplies Needed for the DIY Cake Stand
To make your DIY cake stand, you’ll need:
- An unfinished wood pillar candle holder
- An unfinished wood round (mine’s about 11″ in diameter)
- Wood glue
- Sanding paper
- Finishing nails
- Paint in your choice of color and a brush
I bought the wood pieces from the craft store using a coupon and everything else was just stuff I already had on hand, so that made this project less than $10! The wood round I used is meant to be used as a clock face so it has a little hole in it, but that’s not a big issue for me.
How to Make Your DIY Cake Stand
Start out by giving your wood pillar candle holder and your wood round a really good sanding with a medium-fine grit sandpaper to remove any rough edges.
Paint each piece separately on all sides. I originally planned to do three coats of paint for really even coverage, but then I found that I liked this kind of a white-wash effect I was getting while I was doing my first coat, so I stopped there. I went with a classic white acrylic paint for this project because I don’t actually own an all-white cake stand yet and I thought that would be the most practical. This DIY cake stand would look amazing though in any color, if you have a specific color theme that you’re working with for a special party. That would really make your cake stand out!
When your paint has fully-dried, attach your round piece to the pillar candle holder “base” by using wood glue and a few finishing nails. I just used our brad nailer and it was easy-peasy. 🙂
Feel free to add a dab of wood filler and some paint to cover up the finishing nails if those are bugging you.
How to Use Your DIY Cake Stand
Since this cake stand is painted, I recommend that you lay down a little sheet of parchment paper first before you serve any cakes or cookies on it. Don’t worry about cutting the parchment into a perfect circle to hide it; the edges of a square sheet of parchment hanging off the edge of the stand will just add to the professional baker look that you have going here with this stand. 🙂
Cake stands are also great to use around the house for all kinds of decor purposes. I love to place them under a little potted plant (real or fake) to raise it up closer to a window or just for cuteness, or to display special things like the snow globe collection we displayed on our shelves for Christmas.
They also look amazing on a shelf all on their own, just waiting to be used for your next baking creation. 🙂
So that’s my DIY cake stand! Do you love the look of cake stands as much as I do?
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.