How to make a cardboard stand

Updated February 21, 2017

You can make eight cardboard stands for you plate collection from a single cardboard box. Finish the edges of the corrugated cardboard and paint the stand to create an attractive display. This stand is also useful for propping up small pictures and plaques. Store-bought plate stands are not expensive but when you have a large collection to display, the expense quickly adds up.

Measure 4 inches from the corner along one edge of the box. Mark this point with a pencil. Do the same with the other three edges on this corner.

Use a ruler to connect these points on all three sides. Cut along these lines. You will have a shape with four triangular sides; one side will be open.

Set the shape on a table on one side. Measure 1 inch down one angled side from the top point. Mark this point. Measure 1 inch up from the bottom point on the same edge. Mark the corresponding points on the edges of the other side. Cut straight down toward the table from each of these points. Stop 1/2 inch from the bottom edge.

Connect the bottom of the two cuts you made. Cut the cardboard along this line. Do the same on the other side. This is your stand.

Spackle the edges of the cardboard so they are smooth. Allow the spackle to dry according to the directions. Paint the stand.


Glossy black spray paint is a good paint choice for a stand.

Things You'll Need

  • Corrugated cardboard box
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Box cutter
  • Spackle
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
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Camela Bryan's first published article appeared in "Welcome Home" magazine in 1993. She wrote and published SAT preparation worksheets and is also a professional seamstress who has worked for a children's theater as a costume designer and in her own heirloom-sewing business. Bryan has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Florida.