Learn how to make a DIY cake plate from thrift store materials and basic hardware. You can also easily disassemble this one to store it!
Hi! It’s David from Cheltenham Road.
Running Cheltenham Road my own, small, handmade business has a lot of challenges and one of them is how to display my products at craft shows.
I’m a big fan of cake stands in general (mostly when they have cake on them) and they are great for the shows. However, they are awkward to store!
I’ve come up with a very easy, very inexpensive option for a cake stand that comes apart for easy storage. Happily it will work just as well as an actual cake stand!
To make this DIY cake plate, you’ll start out with some basic craft supplies as well as a few tools.
DIY Cake Stand
- A large tart pan from the thrift store
- A $1.00 wood plaque from Michaels
- Two 1/2″ plumbing flanges and one connector
- Wrapping paper
- Off White Spray Paint
- E6000 Glue
- Matte Mod Podge (not shown)
- Hard Coat Mod Podge
- Small piece of scrap wood
- Foam Brush
- Sharp Craft Knife
- Electric Drill (optional)
The whole project came together very quickly but there is a fair amount of waiting around for things to dry so I advise having snacks on hand!
I traced the outline of the bottom of the tart pan onto my wrapping paper:
and then used Matte Mod Podge to attach it smoothing out bubbles as I went. Once that had thoroughly dried I trimmed away any excess paper and sealed the whole thing it with three coats of the Hard Coat Mod Podge – sanding between coats to build up a nice, glossy finish.
While the Mod Podge dried I used the spray paint to coat the ring of the tart pan, the wood plaque and the piece of scrap wood.
Once all that had dried (see what I mean about drying time) I attached the flanges to my DIY cake plate. One went on the top of the wood plaque:
and the other was attached to the piece of scrap wood. (An electric drill is handy here for pre-drilling your screw holes)
Then, following the directions on the E6000 I glued the tart pan base to the tart pan ring:
and (once that had . . . dried!) I attached, again using the E6000, the piece of scrap wood to the underside of the tart pan base.
Screw it all together and you’ve got yourself a cupcake delivery system! (or a craft show display item – your choice).
And when you’re done, just unscrew the connecting pipe and you have a nice, neat, store-able, cake stand for next time:
Notes and Thoughts:
- I had to play around a bit with the pipe fittings to make sure the screwed in at straight angles – test the ones you buy before you buy them to make sure everything screws together nicely
- I didn’t paint the very bottom of the tart pan but you easily could if you wanted.
- You could do pretty much the same procedure but flip the tart pan over if you didn’t want the edge or the ring to face up. That might also make a nice “frame” around the mod-podged design.
- The Bingo wrapping paper is from Paper Source. You could use scrap paper or anything that appealed.
- Yes I ate all the cupcakes. These are the kinds of sacrifices I must make.
As always, I will monitor the comments if you have any questions or if anything wasn’t clear.
Thanks very much!