Tuesday, September 13, 2011

D.I.Y. Cake Stand

I've never collected much of anything, but I have to confess to an obsession with cake stands. Everything looks a little more fancy and appetizing when it's elevated on a cute little pedestal. Needless to say, the last thing I need in my tiny NYC apartment is another cake stand. Well, I've never been very practical so lets get creative and make some anyway! 

Step 1: Visit your local thrift store and purchase an assortment of quirky wine goblets and plates or platters. I chose this green retro glassware because I loved the details. I also thought this porcelain plate had a great shape for a cake stand. 

Thrift stores have some of the most amazing hidden treasures. During my hunt for dishware, it took some real discipline not to take this mermaid home. While you're out, don't forget to stop by your local Arts & Crafts store. Select colorful craft paints that work on glass and ceramic. Look for specialized enamel paints that are acrylic, certified non-toxic, and waterproof.
Step 2: Use a hot glue gun to glue the goblet to your plate of choice.Step 3: Paint stand with a foam brush or spray paint. Let dry completely in between coats. 
Step 4: Use a smaller brush to add details. Whether it's gold trim or polka dots, showcase your personal style in your cake stand design. 

Step 5: Seal in your handiwork with a clear finish. Zinsser Brand Bulls Eye Shellac works best and is food safe, but you can use any non-toxic , waterproof sealant. These won't be dishwasher safe, but you can wipe them clean after each use. 

Now, get to the baking so you can showcase these beauties! 


  1. WHOA! This is fabulous. You are amazing!

  2. I love this, I think they also look nice not painted :) what gleu did you use?

  3. can't wait to do this...thank you for the wonderful idea..:)

  4. Where did you find the food grade shellac? I have called every store in our area, and no o ne carries any!

    1. Hi! I used the Zinsser Brand Bulls Eye Shellac. It's all-natural and non-toxic. Most hardware stores carry this brand. Good Luck!

  5. I'd like to attempt to make my own cake stand, the only problem is i need one 16 inches in diameter and to hold a three tier cake! HELP!! lol x

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