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.
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Things you need
- Decorative knobs
- Latex paint
- Drill bit
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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