Tuesday, 23 July 2013

how to make festive cake stands

Here's a fun little DIY from my daughter's recent first birthday party.  As part of her confetti themed party I wanted to have some food displayed on colourful elevated stands. I didn't want to buy something specifically for the party, so I set out to make something unique (and budget-conscious). Here's how I did it and how you can do it too...

pre-cut circles (I used styrofoam as I had some on hand, but you can use MDF instead for durability)
wooden dowel or ornate pieces of wood in different lengths (think furniture legs)
glue (craft glue or hot glue gun)
tissue paper to match your paint colours

1. Select some paint colours and matching tissue paper
2. Paint the large circles and wooden stand parts and set aside to dry. Once dry assess if you need to apply a second coat
3. Cut strips of tissue paper approximately 2-3 finger widths and accordion fold so that you are left with a rough square. Making sure you don't cut off the folded parts, carefully cut a semi-circle so that when you unfold the tissue paper you are left with a scallop border
4. Glue your wooden bases to the underside of the painted circles
5. Attach the tissue paper scallop border around the top of the stand (the circular part)
6. Stand back, admire and then top with food!

I'd love to see if you make some of these cake stands for your party, so make sure to leave me a comment with a link to some photos!


  1. NIce idea. Thanks for sharing. I like it very much

  2. Thanks for really very great innovative idea. I'd love make some of these cake stands for my son's birthday party.

  3. Gteat idea. Where did you get the wooden stands?

    1. I picked them up from a recycling centre, but you could get them at your local hardware store


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