Project Wedding- The Cake Stands

As you know, our little (6'4") bro got married this summer.
The bride is from another state, so they hosted a reception there. (It was fabulous, by the way).
But we needed a party in Cali.
So we, his sisters who act mostly like his mother, planned a little "open house."

"Project Wedding" (I just made that up cuz it sounds like "Project Runway") was a total blast for us.
Our summer was filled with brainstorming, shopping, planning, procrastinating,
and getting excited about this big event. As Kathryn put it...
"we started planning, and then it was like we couldn't stop."

So this week, we are going to share some highlights from the open house that was given by us sisters,
(who have no idea what we're doing, because we've never done this before)
who are trying to make their mom proud, because we know she would have made it beautiful!

*The colors: Turquoise and White (silver accents)
*The vibe we were going for: Backyard casual, yet still classy enough to look wedding-ish.
*The delegating went like this: I'll do the food and serving things, and Kass, you do everything else.

I had a vision of lots of cake stands. I love pedestal cake stands. I wish I had 500 in different shapes and sizes.
I don't though.
But sometimes I get a vision and do a little research.
With a little bit of trial and error, my handy husband makes it appear before my eyes.
I totally assisted... I'm not afraid of sawdust. I am a little afraid of the nail-gun though.
stands at reception
(photo by shandimariephotography)

Here's how we made 9 of these things, on the cheap.
I knew I wanted lots of different foods out, in small quantities (so as not to spoil on a hot August night).
I thought that my dinner and salad plates, that I already had, would be a great size to serve with.
So we made the stands to be a little bigger than the bottom of the plates.
plate on stand

We ended up making 2 different heights for each plate size. So here's the four different ones.
4 sizes

The tops were made out of the smoothest plywood I could find, that was thin enough to work with the trim.

I found the trim at Michael's. I think it's meant for dollhouses, but now it is meant for me.
Home Depot only had a few basic trims to choose from in this thin size.

I searched high and low for some kind of candlestick or dowel, or anything that could give these things height.
Then I found these table legs at Home Depot-the perfect solution!
table legs

The completely genius thing was that they have a screw built in one end!
This side screwed directly into the base.
table leg screws

The bases were made out of 1" pine (plywood doesn't work very well with a router), cut into squares. We used a 3/16 ogee router bit to do the edges.
bases 2

On the tops, we found the center, then used a countersink bit for the hole.
Then we attached the top to the stand with a 1.5 inch screw.
We cut the scalloped moulding at 45's with the miter saw.
Then we attached the trim with wood glue and a pin-nailer.
Then I filled the nail holes and sanded away.

I decided not to fill and sand the top hole.
top of stand

I realized if I left it this way, I could unscrew these and store them so much easier.
(You know how much I despise the thought of having one more thing to store.)
Plus, the tops would be covered by the plates.
2 plate sizes

It worked out really well to serve the food quickly, by exchanging a full plate for an almost empty one.
This way, we didn't have to bring the whole stand inside to refill it.

So there is the story of the stands. I need to put these things to good use, to justify the time we put in
on them. I'm thinking they'll get spray painted black/orange here real soon. They'll be so gorgeous in
red for Christmas and Valentines. Pastels at Easter.... yeah, you're gonna see these things again.

And by the way, they don't even have to be holding food. Ahh, the possibilities...
stand with pic
(photo by shandimariephotography)

Stay tuned for more "Project Wedding." We're gonna get right on top of the blog this week!

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  1. Great project! I really like the color and square shape, great job!

  2. Love it! The color, the trim, and the square plates. I'm sure your brother and sister-in-law appreciated all the hard work.

  3. Note to my husband: I need a router. My birthday IS coming up, you know.

    (And I think you could totally rock the turquoise holding orange pumpkins.....with some drape-y spider-y webs hanging from that trim...eek - I'm in love.)

  4. Great job! You have a very cute blog here. I'm visiting from Made bY you Monday! I'm a follower! Stop by Sassy Sites when you get a chance! xoxo

    Marni @ Sassy Sites!

  5. Those are amazing!! Thanks for sharing them!! The color is fantastic too.

    Aimee @ Justkiddingaroundatlanta

  6. I'm SO impressed! These are beautiful--and so creative. We just did an open house for our daughter and served your "caprese ka-bobs" as one of our foods. They were a big hit!

  7. OH my goodness!! Those are one of the cutest things I have ever seen!! Nice! I love your blog, everything is very cute! You are very, very talented!

  8. Wow. I am stunned at how simple this is and how gorgeous they turned out! I am adding this to my list of crafts that I must make.
    Again, wow.

  9. I am absolutely LOVING this and think my husband is going to have a project on his hands. Fabulous job.

  10. Flipping GORGEOUS! Wonderfully and cleverly done. I could see giving these as gifts, too. After I make some for myself, of course.

  11. Those are so adorable!!

    You have become quite the carpenter! I am very impressed! Keep up the good work!

    Can't wait to see what you will do with these stands next.

  12. Love it! How did you do the boxes that are holding the cupcakes?

  13. Thanks for sharing such a great idea! They look sensational!

  14. Beautiful! Amazing design to construct these. I love that scalloped edge.

  15. Those are adorable!! And LOVE the color choice!

  16. So I just spent an hour reading your joke...and I've decided that you two have made my list of top 10 people I'd like to be best friends with (along with Ree Drummond and Martha). Can I just follow you all day, every day so you can teach all your secrets to being talented and amazing at everything?

  17. These are great! I love the color. They look so elegant!

    Stopping by from the DIY show off, hello from your newest follower :)

  18. These were too Cute! I had to share them on my blog! Hope you don't mind!

  19. So, so pretty! I love that shade of turquoise! Looks like Tiffany blue! Love it!

  20. Hey ash I want to see some pictures of the rest of the place?? But i must say i might come to you when my daughters are getting married. Oh wait if i ever have any daughters.

  21. Visiting from UCreate...great job!!!

  22. These are wonderful. The scallop was such a great touch and the color is beautiful!

  23. Scott & I had the best wedding planners ever :)

  24. These are so fun, and multi functional. I was thinking that when they don't have cake on them, they could be filled with nuts, fruit, or other goodies from the kitchen.

  25. These are amazing! Thanks for sharing. I see some of these in my future. :)

  26. OH MY FREAKING AMAZINGNESS!! I'M NOT WORTHY I'M NOT WORTHY!!Dang I sure wish I had the mad skillz you ladies do!!!! AHHHHHH MAZEEEE INGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Very cute. Of course, I am a bit obsessed with cake stands and this just adds to the list of "must haves," so I am sure there are "some" people in my house who will not be pleased that I stumbled upon your post!

  28. Those are awesome! Great idea to put them together yourself...and be able to take them apart again. I'm excited to make some of my own.

  29. I love this idea. I totally have a cake stand fetish, but sadly I only own one because of the storage issue. Making them collapsable is genius.

  30. WOW! What a great project! I love how you made the cake stands. Thanks for sharing ;)

  31. I absolutely adore those stands! I might have to make some! I'm your newest follower! Found you through Be Different, Act Normal!

  32. Please, please keep the "Project Wedding" posts coming! I found your blog through Be Different, Act Normal, and I am so glad I came by! I am planning my sister's wedding, and I NEED ideas! :) I'm going to show her this one! (we are doing a lot of dessert!)

  33. OH how I LOVE these. I so plan to make some, sometime anyway. I came from Be Different. Now I am going to hang around and see all the other marvelous things you do.

    Just Another Day in Paradise

  34. Really these are just so great for a party! Love it that you made them too! Joni

  35. I featured these on my blog

  36. dude, you totally had me at "turquoise"!
    I must make one...tomorrow =)
    thanks for such great instructions and photos

  37. Lovely stuff! I love how creative this all is!

    Would you be willing to sell/rent these bottles and things to me for my sister's wedding? Let me know!

  38. OH.MY.GOSH. You are a cake stand genius! Thank you so much for sharing this project - I just love it! I am featuring you on my blog tomorrow (this post) and will link back and credit to you. Please let me know if that is a problem in any way.


  39. Would you mind sharing the paint color? I just love these, especially the color! I've been searching everywhere for that exact shade.

  40. Hi Kelsey! I originally spray-painted with Rustoleum (aqua, I think). But then I repainted with a "Smart Craft" brand of acrylic paint. The color is called "pool." The second color was really close, but a tiny bit brighter and more blue. If you can't find this brand though, the Rustoleum spray paint is really close.

  41. Those are seriously the cutest cake stands ever! I'm so going to have to make these. Thanks so much for sharing!

  42. Those are great. Love the color, and the simplicity!!

  43. Found you on UCreate-- what an ADORABLE idea!! Must make now ;)

    We're your newest follower! Come say hello some time :)

  44. Really good instructions for these cake stands! Must have been an awfull lot of work, but the results are astonishing! Really love your work!

  45. I am in Love I am going to home depot in the morning to make these for a babyshower I am throwing this week. Can I ask where you bought your dishes? That would be a huge help! My email is thanks a million!

  46. These are fantastic! (And, I'd love to know what color your paint it because I love that color, too!)

    You have so many AMAZING ideas! Found you at "be different, act normal" and I am so glad I did! I can hardly tear myself away to get something done today!!

  47. Thank you for the inspiration. I made something similar, for a special yellow dessert table, and linked to this post. Check out it out at

  48. These are too adorable! I can't wait to make a few! I heart stands!!!

    hugs! Kim @ Party Frosting!

  49. THIS IS SOOOO AWESOME! i can't wait to make my own! thank you so much for sharing!


  50. Love this! The scallop trim really makes it. Never would have thought to look at Michaels for it!


  51. Very nice! I love it and i think I can make them myself. Thanks for sharing. I posted this on my blog w a link to yours. Thanks!!

  52. I just LOVE this tutorial---thank you!! Now I wish someone would cut the plywood for me. LOL! Posted this tutorial on my blog here:

  53. I love your cake stands...super cute!

  54. Great tutorial! I love DIY cake stands. I posted a link on (I spotted this via you are my fave). :)

  55. u r so creative,this looks awesome

  56. I am showing off your darling cake stands on my blog this week- left a link so my blogging gals could find you- Hope this is ok- If not just let me know and I will take it off.

    Here's the post if you would like to see it-

    bee blessed

  57. This is so simple, and so genius! I wish I had the wood working tools to make some!

  58. Pure Joy Events is hosting a Party Tutorial contest. Link up your tutorial at for a chance to win some fabulous prizes.

  59. WOW! Those came out super cute! I would love to make some for my buffet. I would also LOVE to link to your how-to if you didn't mind.

  60. This is fantastic! Love the tutorial, thank you! Shared on our wall this morning:

  61. HOLY COW! I loooooooove these! Love, love, love!

  62. oh my goodness I love these! they're awsome!

  63. Cute idea! I also love pedestals and would love to have a bunch.

    I am wondering if there is a way to make them easier to store all together. I guess you could just unscrew them to store.

  64. Wow, I could not love these anymore!! This is fabulous!! Absolutely a new follower! Hope you get to come check me out sometime too!

  65. Gosh, this is great! Thank you for sharing!

  66. Your post was sent from someone on I was cleaning out the garage and found some awesome ceramic candle stick bases and decided to use them for a base for pedestal cake plates. This post is sends me right on my way! Thanks so much!!

  67. I love this post. I've convinced the hubby to make me some cake stands. and, I've been looking for dishes exactly like yours. would you mind sharing where you got them?? thanks for all your fun ideas!

  68. These are very pretty and useful too...

    Wedding Decorations

  69. Could you give a bit more info on the painting of these and what types of paint and how many coats and did you seal them? thanks I would also like to know where you got your plates.

  70. I know you already had the plates. but Where did you get them? what type of paint did you use?
    thanks so much!!

  71. Love these!! Wish I had a reason to make them!lol Love the colors too - they were my colors at my 1st wedding also! TFS

  72. Could you share the dimensions you used for the base and top?

  73. We made your cake stands for my daughter's birthday party and they turned out amazing! Thanks so much for your tutorial!! You can see the finished result here:

  74. These are great, so when I wanted to pin it, it would not let me pin a pic. Why is that? I am guessing it has something to do with people stealing ideas and claiming it as theirs. Is there a way to pin a picture. I really want to be able to come back to the post and try to do this. Thanks.

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  76. Love these but could you give me the size of the base? Also, where did you find the furniture legs, would Michaels have them?

    thanks so much!!

    1. Debbie- The bases were 5x5 inches. I found the furniture legs at Home Depot. Good luck! :)

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  78. Hi Ashleigh,

    This type of cake stands are really rare. I'm glad to see your creation !

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