DIY Cake Stands – A Great Christmas Gift Idea

DIY cake stand tutorial from Bayside Bride, photo by Krista A. Jones Photography

One of the easiest and simplest DIY christmas gifts to make for a cake decorating friend or indeed any friend, is a pedestal cake stand.  The beautiful cake stands above are made simply from candlesticks and decorative plates, glued together with a  strong DIY adhesive glue which you can get in any DIY store.

The candlesticks were sprayed with cream paint and given a “distressed” finish using sandpaper for that shabby chic look. To make a set of matching cake stands, use candlesticks of varying heights to make a collection of three or four – what cake decorating buddy wouldn’t be delighted with this as a Christmas gift? (Image and tutorial from Bayside Bride and Krista A. Jones Photography).

While a cream cake stand is a great all-rounder to showcase any cake, you can also go for a jazzier style too to complement different cake colour schemes and designs. To create a more opulent style cake stand, add beads or pearls around the edge for a decadent or vintage look.  The beautiful cake stand below left is bordered with clusters of silver pearls and is by Delightfully Lovely (available to purchase from their store on Etsy). You’ll find a tutorial here for another beautiful vintage DIY cake stand with hanging crystals from Wedding Chicks.

diy cake stand ideas from Delightfully Lovely on Etsy (left) and from Pinterest(right)

A collection of pedestal cake stands in different pastel shades is another great set to have for parties and sweet tables (from Delightfully Lovely above). But if you’re spray-painting the cake plates, keep this set for yourself because you will have to ensure a doile or cake card is placed under the cake before serving at all times for food safety reasons. But there’s no reason you can’t hunt down some pastel colour plates and then spray paint the pedestals to match if you’re giving them as a gift.

We have a range of colours and shapes below left to inspire your creativity via Minted. On the right, a up-turned pie dish is used to create a very pretty DIY cake stand from Drama Queen At Work (right)

diy cake stands from minted and vintage.com (left) and Drama Queen At Work (right)

And it’s not just candlesticks that can be used for pedestals either – vases or other shaped containers can be used to create a beautiful diy cake stand. Sweet Sugarbelle created the eye-catching bold-coloured collection below left and have a tutorial here: DIY cake stands

diy cake stands from Pinterest (left) and tutorial from Sweet Sugarbelle (right)

Below we have more great DIY cake stands – a wooden pedestal cake stand from Sugar and Cloth (left) and a vintage tea -set style cake stand from DecoLife Mag (right).

diy cake stands from Sugar and Cloth (left) and from DecoLife Mag (right)

For a large cakes such as wedding cakes, the Artisan Cake Company has come up with the great idea sourcing old microwave plates from second-hand stores to create large size pedestal cake stands: DIY cake stand tutorial.

For a more rustic wedding cake stand, Laurie Cinnotto created the tree trunk cake stand tutorial below right for Once Wed.

And if you fancy delving a little deeper into the DIY side of things, we have a great cupcake stand tutorial from Life in the Green House (below right): diy cupcake stand.

rustic tree trunk wedding cake stand by Laurie Cinnotto via Once Wed (left) and DIY cupcake stand from Life in the Green House (right)

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