26 Jan

DIY Tutorial: Clever Dessert/Cake Stand

DIY cake stand tutorial

I’m so excited to share this fabulous – and super useful – DIY project with you today!

The tutorial comes from Jacinda at Prudent Baby, and features a clever & inexpensive way to create your own dessert/cake stands for all sorts of parties and occasions.

With all the fabulous scrapbook paper that’s available these days, the sky is the limit as far as aesthetics go… you could even add ribbon, craft gems, and other coordinating scrapbook embellishments to create your own completely unique look!


Here are all the details, as told by Jacinda…

DIY cake stand tutorial

You’ll Need:
Corrugated cake boards
Canned goods (unopened)
Several sheets of scrapbooking-weight paper
Tools: x-acto knife, ruler, cutting mat, pencil, rubber bands, non-toxic glue (I prefer Aleene’s Tacky Glue.)

Trace closely around the edge of each cake board with the pencil and cut out your circles with your x-acto knife on the cutting mat

2. Apply glue fairly close to the edge of the wrong side of your paper circle and attach to your cake board. Repeat for each.

3. Measure the height of your canned goods and cut strips of paper to height.

DIY cake stand tutorial

4. Wrap paper around can, marking a 1″ overlap and trim length of paper.

5. Apply glue to the length of the 2 short ends and wrap paper around canned good, overlapping and gluing down the end. Wrap with rubber bands to dry. Repeat for each.

DIY cake stand tutorial

6. Cut 1″ strips of paper to create the “thickness” of the “plates.”

7. Place cake board bottom-side up and apply glue along very top of the entire length of your 1″ strip and begin wrapping strip around edge of cake board. If there is a “front” of your cake-board, be sure to place paper seam towards the back. Repeat until the entire circumference of all of your circles is covered. Glue the strips of paper together as you go.

DIY cake stand tutorial

8. Place your largest can at the bottom and center your largest cake board on top. You can stop there for a pretty cake stand. You should glue your stand to the can (I would probably use a glue gun but haven’t tested this yet)

9. You can add additional tiers by centering another can on top of your first cake board and gluing another cake board on top.

These are great because they are sooo inexpensive to make, totally customizable and you never have to worry about leaving a pretty plate behind at a party!


Thanks again to Jacinda & Jaime for sharing this project with us! For more clever DIY ideas like this, be sure to check out their blog at www.prudentbaby.com.

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Rebecca SAYS:

Very cute idea! This would be a perfect solution for a cake/cupcake stand(s) at a wedding reception! I’m bookmarking this idea :) Thanks!

Reply January 26, 2010 at 11:09 am

Jill SAYS:

Genius! I love it!!!

Reply January 26, 2010 at 11:26 am

Rowaida Flayhan SAYS:

wow! so nice love this idea!

Reply January 26, 2010 at 11:26 am

Andrea SAYS:

So clever! I am already spinning with what I can use to substitute cans or the papers I would buy. I love the idea of customizing them for baby showers/holidays… thank you!

Reply January 26, 2010 at 11:32 am


Thanks for the idea! I have a cupcake stand, but no cake stand! Perfect and budget friendly! ;)

Reply January 26, 2010 at 11:54 am

Susie's Homemade SAYS:

What a GREAT DIY!!! I will be using this often!!

Reply January 26, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Elisha Akram SAYS:

What a Great Idea! Im totally at aww… So simple so cute & so budget friendly!

Reply January 26, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Jordan - Polkadot Prints SAYS:

This is one of those – “why didn’t I think of that?” projects! :) I love it! I can see this being reinvented many times over for various events.

Thanks so much!

Reply January 26, 2010 at 2:46 pm

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Reply January 27, 2010 at 8:10 am

holly SAYS:

love the tutorial. a good friend of mine recently did something similar. instead of cake boards, she used styrofoam – gives each layer a bit more “substance” but is probably also a bit more expensive.
she is doing a western/cowboy theme so she covered the top with kraft paper and the sides (of the styrofoam) with red ribbon. to separate the layers, she used mason jars. it is super cute!

Reply January 27, 2010 at 9:56 am

Ellen SAYS:

Super-cute idea! Now if I could just stop staring at the Girl Scout cookie… :/


Reply January 27, 2010 at 11:04 am

kelly SAYS:

Absolutely love it!!! i will use this creation many times over. Can’t wait to make my first cake stand!

Reply January 28, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Morgan SAYS:

LOVE this idea! Thanks for sharing, Jenn!

Reply January 29, 2010 at 3:47 am

Megan G. SAYS:

This is adorable! Thanks for sharing!

Reply January 29, 2010 at 9:31 am

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