DIY Cake Stands

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DIY Cake Stands
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A standard store-bought cake stand will display your cake but if you are looking for a cake stand that adds to the appearance of the cake or even matches the decorations, you may be out of luck. This task becomes even more difficult when searching for a cake stand stable enough to accommodate a large, heavy cake. Instead of searching the internet for that elusive stand, create your own customisable stand at home.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Plywood
  • Decorative knobs
  • Latex paint
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Drill bit
  • Nuts

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  1. 1

    Cut a 1/2-inch thick piece of plywood into a circle or square approximately two inches larger than your cake. Most home improvement stores will cut the plywood for you at no extra charge.

  2. 2

    Purchase four to six new or used decorative knobs with attached screws to support the cake stand. Place each knob on a flat surface with the front of the knob facing down. If the knob stands up straight and does not topple over, it will create a stable cake stand.

  3. 3

    Paint the plywood board with latex paint in a semi-gloss or gloss finish. Flat latex paint may be used but it will be more difficult to keep clean.

  4. 4

    Mark the desired locations of the knobs on the bottom of the plywood with a pencil. Space them evenly around the edge of the circle or at each corner if you are making a square cake stand. Make these marks approximately 1/2-inch from the edge of the plywood.

  5. 5

    Drill a hole all the way through the plywood at each mark using a drill bit of the same size as the screws on your knobs.

  6. 6

    Insert the screw of each knob into a hole and secure it with a nut. Install all of the knobs to finish the cake stand. The nuts are raised but since they are located 1/2-inch from the edge and the cake stand has a 1-inch border around your cake, they will not interfere with the placement of the cake.

Tips and warnings

  • Hot glue ribbons or beads to the edge of the cake stand to add colour and decoration.

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