Cake stands allow you to display your decorated cakes. Store-bought cake stands are effective, but you are limited to the colours and sizes available in the store. Making your own cake stand allows you to customise the stand to your specific needs. Making a new stand for each cake is economical, letting you make sure you have a stand in the right shape and size for each new cake creation.
Stack two cardboard cake rounds on top of one another. Use glue to attach them. Allow the glue to dry completely. The size of the cardboard depends on the size of the cake you want to display. If the cake is not round, use cardboard shapes matching your cake's shape.
Cut a piece of wrapping paper to the shape and size of the top of the cake round. Attach the paper to the top of the cake round using glue. Allow the glue to dry completely. Alternatively, cover the top of the round in coloured cellophane or paper.
Cut a piece of 1/4-inch satin ribbon 1 inch longer than the diameter of the cake rounds. If using a different shape, measure the perimeter of the shape and add an inch to it. Attach the ribbon to the outer edge of the rounds. Apply a thin line of glue to the edge of the rounds and press the ribbon into it. Smooth the ribbon as you go. Insert a straight pin into the ribbon and through the cake round every 6 inches to hold the ribbon in place while the glue dries. Remove the pins once the glue has dried.
Cut a piece of styrofoam to the shape of your cake round using a serrated knife. The width should be 2 inches smaller than the cake round. A good thickness for the styrofoam is 3 to 4 inches; however, you can make it thicker or thinner depending on your needs. If necessary, stack pieces of styrofoam on top of each other and glue as necessary to get your desired height.
Cut a piece of ribbon to wrap the outside of the styrofoam from the prior step. The length should be 1 inch longer than the circumference of the styrofoam piece. If possible, use a piece of ribbon that is as thick as the piece is tall. If not, wrap the ribbon around the piece, overlapping it as you go until you have covered the entire outside edge. Use glue and pins as you did in Step 3.
Place the covered styrofoam piece on the bottom of the covered cake round. Center the styrofoam piece and attach it to the round using glue. Allow the glue to dry completely before placing a cake on top.