When we had the 50th birthday party, we re-used a project from our daughter's wedding. We had five different cake stands holding five different wedding cakes -- all on a pink dresser.
For the birthday party, I knew I was going to serve "Everything Bundt Cakes" for the dessert, and I wanted several different flavors, so I figured it would be so easy to re-use the wedding cake stands. To make the original cake stands, I simply found various glass vases at the thrift store. The vases with broad openings work best. I had Bob cut out some scalloped wood circles of different designs and sizes, and glued the bottom of the vase to the center of a scalloped circle. E-6000 works perfectly for this. Be sure to let it dry overnight.
After they were dry, I laid them on a drop-cloth in the garage, turned them all upside down, and spray painted with a gloss spray paint. These vases below are painted a cream color for the wedding.
After the surfaces are coated really well with the spray paint, and they have completely dried, turn them right side up and spray the top and edges of the scalloped circle. Let them dry well, and Voila! You have some darling, unique cake stands!
For our party, I wanted them all a glossy white, so I re-sprayed them. It started out to be such a quick project. I had them all re-painted and gleaming in no time at all.
I left them in the garage on the tarp just drying their little hearts out, when Bob and I came thundering into the garage with our car. Oops. Actually, I was quite relieved to find that we had just run over a couple of cake stands When we first felt the car go over something, I had terrible thoughts that it might have been our old cat. Ugh.
They are now put away on the shelves waiting for the next function, for which they might be a completely different color! That's what I love about these... they were so inexpensive and easy to make, that I don't feel bad just spraying coats of paint over and over, to match any decor for any event. I would never do that with the more expensive ones that I have.