I have a growing obsession with cake stands. There is something so classy about putting food and other things on a decorative plate that is elevated above the table. It seems that I’m not the only one interested in cake stands lately and they are popping up in every style, size, and color at a lot of different stores. One thing that all the stands seem to have in common is the price range; it’s hard to find a regular size stand of good quality for less than $30.
Instead of buying cake stands, you can pretty easily make your own. There are a number of tutorials out there with instructions for doing just that. It basically boils down to finding a candle holder and plate you like, then gluing them together. So easy. If you find your pieces at a thrift store, you end up with a easy and cheap cake stand that can be customized to exactly your tastes. The fun, inexpensive melamine plates you can find at Target and Crate and Barrel are perfect for this project.
There is only one problem I have with this and it’s not a problem with the project itself, it’s a problem with me. I start thinking about which plate and which candle holder and my mind comes to a screeching halt at the crossroads of indecision. I just can’t commit to something that there is some small possibility I might not like two months down the road. So I spent a fair amount of time trying to come up with a way to use any plate with any candle holder. I toyed with magnets and craft glue, I thought about using suction cups and finally went with a very favorite product of mine: 3M Command adhesive. I LOVE this stuff and it is the answer to my noncommittalness (yeah, I know that’s not a word).
So whether you want to have infinite cake stand choices or want to be able to take your cake stands apart for easier storage or you don’t want to wait for the glue to dry or you just can’t decide (like me), this is what you need to do to make your very own DIY cake stands.