Wednesday, September 29, 2010

DIY cake stand tutorial

It is hard to believe but these cake stands are DIY. Did you catch the real wedding I featured yesterday with these amazing cakes and cake stands?  Jennie of A Well Crafted Party graciously agreed to write up a step-by-step tutorial on how to create one of these colorful cake stands. 

Cake stand tutorial as told by Jenni:

Materials needed

1 plate
1 candle stick or goblet
Epoxy
1 heavy book
1 can of spray paint (I really like the way gloss looks for this project)
a sheet or paper to protect surfaces while painting

Making a home-made cake stand is incredibly easy. First, start of with a plate—any plate will work but I recommend using one that has the color or image you would like at the top of the stand as this will not be painted to keep the cake stand food friendly. Next, find a candle stick, goblet or really any sturdy object that is the height that you would like for your finished stand. I have used both candle sticks and goblets in the past.
Then take epoxy (use according to directions) and glue your candlestick or goblet to the bottom of the plate. DO NOT MOVE THE STAND.
Place a heavy book on top of the stand and let the epoxy set according to directions. After the epoxy has set you should be able to pick up the stand with no movement from the candlestick or plate
Make sure the plate is set firmly on a protected surface so that you can spray paint the outside of the cake stand. If there are edges of the paint off of the paper I would suggest covering the top of the plate with paper or painters tape
Spray the entire outer surface according to the directions on the spray paint can. Take your time on this step and stand back far enough to avoid drips. Also, this step make take a couple of layers of paint so plan to make the stands at least a day in advance of your party.
After the stand has dried, wash the top of the plate with dish soap and water. The stand is not dishwasher safe but is food friendly as long as food is not touching the painted surfaces. If you are worried about this then just place a doily or wax paper on top of the stand before putting food on it.
Jenni, thanks so much for sharing this awesome tutorial!!!

We love DIY projects at Eat Drink Pretty, if you have one you would like to share please send an email to eatdrinkpretty {at} gmail {dot} com.

32 comments:

  1. Wow, these cake stands are so awesome and seem so easy to make! I'll have to try it.

    Katie

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  2. This is such an awesome idea! Thanks for the tute!

    ~ Clare x

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  3. Very clever! Although making cake stands is currently not on the top of my to do list, I'll definitely remember this should I need some adorable stands.

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  4. They look fabulous - very creative and love the colour!! Leanne

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  6. This is so cute and easy! Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to try it.

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  7. Wow so creative! Love the idea! Thanks for sharing

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  8. That is brilliant! And perfect for something like a wedding, where you'd need several. I'm SO doing this. Thanks for posting.

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  9. oh gosh THANK YOU for this. this tutorial is so much more important in life than all the lessons i had in university all semester. (I MEAN IT.) <3

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  10. Thanks for posting!! I'm border line obsessed with cake plates... my limitation has been deciding what colors to make them. Michaels has 20% off your ENTIRE purchase this weekend - so I may just have to stock up on colors and change it to match my parties hehehe. Here is the link to the coupon!! http://dealspl.us/michaels-coupons/153851p

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  11. How cute is this!??! I am a spray paint junkie to begin with and this is only going to fuel the addiction. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. love it! I have used a candle stick holder, but not a goblet. How clever!! THank you for posting!!

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  13. love love love this! Cant wait to make one. A great idea for a homemade gift too! Thanks for sharing :)

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  14. Very cute and seems pretty simple!

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  15. A wonderful simple DIY idea. I love it. These would make great gifts as well. And such a wonderful way to get the color and design you want in a cake stand.

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  16. Thanks for sharing! Going to find some goblets now to make some of my own....

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  17. I wish I had seen this before my wedding! I was just researching an article on designed on a wedding cake stand when I came across your blog. I can't believe I haven't crossed paths with you before, as I write about parties and entertaining as well!

    I'm going to see if my husband will let me make some red and green cake stands like this for our holiday party.

    Also, just want to make sure that you were aware that Austin Wedding Blog used the images from your tutorial and didn't credit the contributor who wrote it up.

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  18. Thats is amazing and gorgeous ~ thank you so much for sharing!

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  19. Worked wonderfully! Thank you. We now have 7 cake stands for under $15 from supplies at the Good will. Thank you once again!

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  20. Love this so much that i only saw these yesterday via pintrest and i have just made my first one using a sundae glass and plate with mint coloured spray paint. Thanks so much for inspiring me.

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  21. I'm going thrifting tomorrow and definitely looking for these items at the thrift store!!

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  22. Wow! The cake stands.
    They are very attractive and beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Um, why did you comment three times saying the same thing in different ways?

    Great post, though.

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  24. What a novel idea! They look like cake stands sold at the store. Great for recycling too. Looks like the ones used for the top picture for the actual stand are goblets.

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  25. Pretty idea, and economic, I love this

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  26. Adorbs! What a great idea! Would you link this up to our blog hop? I think our readers would LOVE it!
    xoxo, Jordan
    http://www.lilywhite-designs.com/2013/03/frugal-crafty-home-blog-hop-14.html

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  27. This is really cool. I have a question : can you do it with a hot glue gun????
    Thanks. Andrijana

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  28. Love the idea but, I'm concerned. Is it safe to have babies eating off of a spray paint covered dish? It looks adorable but doesn't it worry anyone?

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