Hey Creative Ramblers! It’s Tracy here from At Home with Sweet T to bring you another DIY. How did you like the DIY Produce stand I shared here last month? Today’s project is going in the opposite direction, from fresh produce to not so good for you desserts with a DIY Dessert Stand. I LOVE my sweets, uh like sweet tea so much so I named my blog after it! My littles’ (how I refer to my 2 youngest kids) birthdays are just a couple of weeks apart, so this year we celebrated with one party. We hosted a Sharks and Mermaids Party, it was so much fun. While planning and preparing for this big birthday party I realized I would need two cake/cupcake stands and I didn’t even have one. No problem, I’ll just make matching stands!
You can use this for a variety of desserts.
The cake stands started with two very cheap round cake pans at Walmart for $.88 each. The round bases are from a craft store costing under $3, you could use pieces of scrap wood for the bases. The support pieces are actually spindles from a broken changing table, you could use dowels if you can’t find spindles.
Clean, sand and wipe off all of your pieces to prepare them for spray paint. I chose to paint all of my pieces white. You’ll be painting the outside and bottom of the cake pan. Here’s a tip: instead of spraying the spindles then waiting until they were drying and repeating that process over and over, I hot glued the spindles to a paper plate standing up. Also it works well for the edges of the pieces if you elevate them by placing them on blocks.
Take your base and find and mark the center. Using a counter-sink bit, drill on that mark.
Find the center on each end of each spindle or dowel and mark those as well. Drill pilot holes in each end of each spindle on those marks. Pilot holes should be as big as the screws shaft but not as big as the whole screw including the threading.
Attach the spindle to the base. The counter-sunk hole will allow the base to sit flat.
Drill a hole in the center of the cake pan. I covered the center mark with painters tape so I wouldn’t scratch the paint while I was drilling the hole. The cake pan is thin so the hole was easy to drill.
Secure the cake pan to the top of the spindle with a screw. There isn’t a way to counter-sink into the cake pan because it’s so thin so I used white screws to blend in.
When you cover the dessert stand with desserts you can’t see the screw anyway right!?
The edge of the cake pan is perfect for adding ribbon or decorating for special occasions too.
Do you suffer from a sweet tooth too? Thanks for having me again Sarah and all you Creative Ramblers! Until next time stop by At Home with Sweet T to see all the party details when I broke in my new dessert stands. There are a few more parties you should see too, like this Dino Party and this Garden Party.
Thanks for visiting!