I have a serious cake plate addiction. The elegance of their shape draws me in and everything, from food to flowers, looks better when elevated. Naturally, I have too many, stands in all shapes and sizes. Some are made of ceramic, some of glass and some are tin ~ you name it, I've got it.
I have never had a wooden cake stand and in recent months I found myself completely bewitched by these beauties. Unfortunately, they are very popular right now and that means they're typically very pricey.
That doesn't work for me, I like cheap, so I decided to look into making one. Well, that idea had its own issues. Most of the tutorials I found required some amount of sanding, cutting, drilling or nailing and, nope, that's not something I have any interest in doing.
So I went to the hardware and craft stores, poked around a bit and came up with my very own, super easy, super inexpensive DIY wooden cake stand. It honestly took me about ten minutes to put together and I love, love, love it.
I featured it earlier this week, when I paired it with my thrift store pumpkin cookie jar vase. I promised to share the simple how to, so here it is.
I purchased a few wooden rounds. I have tons of large stands, but I was looking to create something a little more demure, so I went with the eight inch. Next, I grabbed four of the four inch rounds and one five inch. These sizes were all readily available at the craft store and for 40% off.
If I did want a larger plate, the hardware store carried a twelve and fifteen inch version. Those sizes would work well with one of my existing glass domes. My small stand will work with a cloche if desired. I also have a glass cover from a cheese plate that will work well. The possibilities are endless, you just need to decide what kind of look you're going for.
Whatever you choose, the next step is the same. Paint the rounds with craft paint. Yup. Craft paint. I told you, I am all about easy. I did not wax them, prime them or stain them. I painted them with sixty nine cent craft paint in a brown tone I liked.
To achieve the look I wanted, which allowed the wood grain show through, I used a foam brush and a wet paper towel. I applied the paint with the foam and then rubbed it off with the wet paper towel. I made sure to use movements with the grain of the wood. When all of my pieces were covered with paint I let them dry...that took about five minutes. No joke.
To seal the wood and add a little shine, I rolled on a little decoupage gel with the roller that came with my stenciled pillow kit. Again, I let them dry. I placed the five inch round on the bottom and stacked the four inch rounds on top of it, in a pretty pattern. Everything was bonded together with a sturdy wood glue, the largest round on top and that was that.
I actually have a few more rounds leftover to make a companion for this little guy. It will be a five inch version and sit a bit lower for interest.
I am very pleased with the way it turned out. It's rustic and sweet and has satisfied my craving for a wooden stand.
Look at me, I'm so on trend and I'm actually looking forward to using it for cake very soon.
Although, who am I kidding? I don't bake.
Maybe my stand should have a different name, something without the word cake in it.
Ironic addiction, isn't it?
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