DIY Tutorial: Dessert Plate Stand

Thursday, January 27, 2011

After making the perfect cupcakes, you'll need something to display them on. How about an individual cupcake stand?!  After contacting Jennie from A Well Crafted Party for permission to use her dessert stand tutorial made exclusively for Eat Drink Pretty, I was so excited to hear that she created a small cupcake stand for Bump Smitten. So lucky! These homemade dessert stands are simple and affordable. Plus... they can be done in an assortment of colors and sizes. Thanks Jennie for the exclusive
DIY tutorial!

From Jennie... Warning—after learning how to make a cake stand you might not be able to stop. You may end up with a very large collection of DIY cake stands in many shapes, colors and sizes. And, you may find many new uses for your fun new hobby. 

Using a very simple technique I created several 10-inch cake stands for my sister’s wedding and painted them in the wedding colors. They were a fabulous focal point for the dessert table. Check out the full-sized cake stand tutorial created for Eat Drink Pretty

But, after creating several full-sized cake stands I decided to create a small set of mini-sized stands that will be just perfect for cupcakes or other mini-sized goodies. I also decided to try making the stands with plates with pretty patterns to really make them stand out as unique stands.


1 plate— 4-inch plates make great cupcake stands
1 candle stick, goblet or sundae glass
1 heavy book
1 can of spray paint (I really like the way gloss looks for this project)
1 can of acrylic sealant
a sheet or paper to protect surfaces while painting

Step-by-Step Instructions:

1. Start of with a plate—any plate will work but I recommend using one that has the color or image you would like at the top of the stand as this will not be painted to keep the cake stand food friendly. Affix the plate to a candle stick, goblet or sundae cup using a glue made for ceramics and glass. I have used both candlesticks and goblets in the past, but used sundae cups for this project.
2. Place a heavy book on top of the stand and let the epoxy set according to directions. After the epoxy has set you should be able to pick up the stand with no movement from the candlestick or plate.
3. Make sure the plate is set firmly on a protected surface so that you can spray paint the outside of the cake stand. If there are edges of the paint off of the paper I would suggest covering the top of the plate with paper or painters tape. Keeping paint from the surface of this stand keeps the cake stand food-friendly.
4. Spray the entire outer surface according to the directions on the spray paint can. Take your time on this step and stand back far enough to avoid drips. Also, this step make take a couple of layers of paint so plan to make the stands at least a day in advance of your party. After the stand has dried spray with a sealant.
5. Before use, wash the top of the plate with dish soap and water. The stand is not dishwasher safe but is food-friendly as long as food is not touching the painted surfaces.

Enjoy these cake stand examples below, provided by Jennie:
Photography: A Well Crafted Party / Real Party Photos above are from Cheery Summer Wedding (Photographer: West Impressions / Cakes: The Cake Diva) and a Vegas Themed Wedding Shower.


Unknown said...

Thank you for featuring my tutorial! I'm excited if followed such adorable cupcake ideas!

Sarah said...

Wow...what a terrific idea! I can't wait to try this out. Thanks!

jessica said...

absolutely adorable. i love it and am addicted. shared it on our blog too. thanks so much for sharing with us!

jessica said...

forgot to show you where we shared thanks again.