Thursday, March 7, 2013

Original DIY Cake Stands

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.

So, I just had to re-make two of them. I had two old vases in my cupboards, and it didn't take very long to have those ones completely done and lined up with the others.



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.

7 comments:

  1. Those turned out great! I'll bet your event was a huge hit. I'm also very glad it wasn't your cat!

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    1. I'm glad too! I couldn't bear to see the old fella go that way!

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  2. Those are such pretty cake stands - love them! I definitely need something better than a plate.

    cake stand & tableware

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  3. Hello,

    I am so happy I found your page. I did a google image search for vase cake stands and voila. Your stands are beautiful and your posts gives me inspiration for my diy project.

    One question. Where did you purchase your sign holders? They are so cute!

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  4. Hello,

    I am so happy I found your page. I did a google image search for vase cake stands and voila. Your stands are beautiful and your posts gives me inspiration for my diy project.

    One question. Where did you purchase your sign holders? They are so cute!

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    1. I bought the little easels at Joann's, and for the signs, I had my husband cut the rectangular shapes from a piece of chalkboard stock that I bought at Home Depot. And then I just wrote on them with chalkboard markers. Hope that helps! If you found a similar shape at a craft store, you could paint them in chalkboard paint, too. Good luck!

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