Learn how to make this DIY cake pop stand from a wood plaque, vintage Christmas graphics, and Mod Podge. It’s really easy and the perfect party display!
Hi, it’s David from Cheltenham Road.
Each year I throw a big Holiday Dessert Party. It’s one of my favorite things to do – tons of great friends and, of course, a chance for me to
eat share a lot of my favorite desserts!
This year is no exception, and I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve been building my list of recipes and ideas over on Pinterest and trying to get things done as far in advance as possible so I can relax and enjoy the season.
I always try to make each dessert just a nibble, and cake pops are always a big hit.
DIY Cake Pop Stand
In years past I just stuck them in some styrofoam, covered it with fake snow for a festive look, and called it a day. This got a bit messy as the evening wore on.
This year I thought I’d kick it up a notch and create a DIY cake pop stand just for the cake pops (or anything else I might stick on a stick! Last year I made s’mores on sticks – I highly recommend s’mores on sticks!).
Anyway. I gathered my supplies.
Gather These Supplies
- A square wood plaque from Michaels (painted white)
- A print out of an vintage Christmas graphic scaled to the size of the plaque (Graphics Fairy is great for that)
- Matte Mod Podge (not pictured)
- Hard Coat Mod Podge
- Foam Brush
- Painters Tape (not pictured)
- Electric Drill and a bit sized to the popsicle stick dimensions
I painted the plaque and allowed it to dry before Mod Podging my graphic into place using Matte Mod Podge.
While that was drying I made a simple grid to guide drilling the holes for the cake pop sticks. I just made an “X” in the center and then kept dividing up the squares until I got a good number of evenly placed intersections.
When the decoupage image had dried thoroughly, I went back in and gave the edges a light sanding to both add a bit of distress and also to remove any extra paper.
Then I sealed the whole image with Hard Coat Mod Podge (so it would be easy to clean up after the party).
When the Hard Coat Mod Podge had thoroughly dried I taped my grid over the image and drilled at the intersecting points.
Tip: To keep the depth of each hole the same I used a scrap of painters tape on the drill bit so I’d know when to stop drilling each time.
And I was done!
One Holiday Party Project knocked out. Now I just need to go buy a Costco sized bag of sugar, and I’m all set!
I hope you enjoyed my DIY cake pop stand tutorial. I have a bunch of other ideas for the party, and decorating in general, up my sleeve so please do check in on the Cheltenham Road blog every now and again to follow my progress.
Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!
- Square wood plaque
- Acrylic paint - white
- Vintage Christmas graphic sized to the plaque
- Matte Mod Podge
- Hard Coat Mod Podge
- Painter's tape
- Foam brush
- Electric drill and bit
- Paint the plaque with white acrylic paint and let dry. Distress the edges with sandpaper.
- Print out a graphic to fit your plaque on a laserjet printer. Cut to fit the top of the plaque.
- Mod Podge the graphic into place on the top of the plaque and let dry 15 - 20 minutes. Then brush over the top using Mod Podge, and let dry.
- Make a simple grid sized to fit the number of cake pops you have. Tape over the top of the plaque using painter's tape and drill.
- Seal the entire plaque with Hard Coat Mod Podge and let dry.
I only paid $1 for the wood plaque - everything else I had on hand. Costs may vary depending on what you have on hand.