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The Easiest, Most Versatile DIY Cake Stands

Jan 12, 2017 By Jo-Ann
The Easiest, Most Versatile DIY Cake Stands

By Rikki Snyder, Houzz

Why should cake have all the fun? Cake stands can display many other foods, such as fruits, cookies, candy and cupcakes, serving as great centerpieces and dishes for your parties. So whether you’re hosting a holiday buffet, birthday party or baby shower, or just have a celebratory occasion, repurpose your secondhand or flea market finds into a delightful way to elevate your tasty treats. All you need is a hot-glue gun and some sturdy dishes to mix and match. Below are four different stand styles to try out.

diy cake stand

Rikki Snyder, original photo on Houzz

Bold Colors and Fun Shapes

Use your cake stand to display fresh seasonal fruit. Add bright color to a tabletop or space by picking vibrant hues. Try using unexpected shapes, such as oval platters.

Related: These Ombre Cake Colors Inspire Pretty Palettes for Home Design

Materials:
Glue gun
Extra glue sticks
● Inexpensive bowls (available in-stores) and platters of different shapes and styles

Tip: Make sure the bowls you choose are wide enough to support your platter so it will be sturdy and able to support the weight of the food.

diy cake stand

Rikki Snyder, original photo on Houzz

Apply a thin coat of glue on the bottom rim of the bowl or mug (the base of the cake stand). Work quickly; hot glue dries fast.

Tip: You can take your cake stands apart again later if you wish. Just place them in the freezer for a half hour to shrink and harden the glue, making it easy to peel off. You can also use craft putty as a more temporary, reusable option.

As soon as the layer of glue has been applied, center on the base the plate or platter that is going to be the top of the cake stand. Press lightly and hold it for a few seconds while the glue is setting. Allow the glue to dry for at least a half hour before using or moving your cake stand.

diy cake stand

Rikki Snyder, original photo on Houzz

Experiment with platter shapes and heights for variety across your table.

Tip: The glue should keep your cake stand together for many celebratory occasions if you take care of the piece properly. After use, carefully hand wash the stand with warm water.

Soft, Muted Colors

Trendy color combinations like this muted mustard yellow and gray provide a blank canvas for your treats.

diy cake stand

Rikki Snyder, original photo on Houzz

Cupcakes and cake alike will shine on these impromptu cake stands. Combine your favorite colors to create an enticing palette for the dessert table. These colors nicely complement chocolate frosting.

Related: Use This Craft as a Thoughtful Housewarming Gift for a Friend or Neighbor

Blues and Whites

You wouldn’t use your grandmother’s precious china but put flea market finds to good use by combining vintage cups and plates in a color scheme of your choice.

A large plate for the base will provide extra sturdiness as well as more space for treats. You can experiment with stacking additional tiers without glue; just be sure the plate can support the food items.

diy cake stand

Rikki Snyder, original photo on Houzz

If your occasion has a theme, decorate with an intentional color scheme, such as this yellow, blue and white one used for a buffet-style tea station. Use your tiered cake stand to display cookies.

diy cake stand

Rikki Snyder, original photo on Houzz

Classic White

Using a wide-mouthed bowl as the base for this cake stand creates a simple but sleek look. Use tall mugs paired with curved bowls to display colorful treats at your next birthday party.

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