How to Make Inexpensive Cake Stands

The day I fell in love with Pinterest was when I learned that you can make beautiful cake stands out of old plates and cups.

Awesome, right?

Being the crafty lady that I am; or try to be, I knew I had to give this a whirl.

What you’ll need

  • A couple plates + cups – I purchased mine at Value Village for an insanely cheap price
  • Some glossy spray paint
  • 1 Frosted glass finish spray paint (craft store)
  • Epoxy
  • Doilies – because you should never place food on a spray painted surface
  • Beads if you want to wrap them around the base of the stand before painting
  • Newspaper
  • A couple of text books
  • Rag + water
  • Working gloves… because getting epoxy on your fingers sucks. Trust me.

Step by step

The epoxy that I used recommended that the surface you’re sticking to be wet.

Use a damp rag to wet the bottom of the plate.

Then place a small amount of epoxy around the rim of the glass.

Place the cup down on the plate.

Use a couple of text books from your boyfriends’ office as ‘clamps’ because you’re too lazy to go down to the basement to look for the real clamps. And, how would you clamp this, anyways??

Repeat with all of your other plates and cups.

Warning: you could get epoxy on the books.

… sorry Kevin <3

Wait a couple of hours…

The epoxy should bubble up and be hard to the touch. Try touching it with the end of a pen, just in case.

Spray the glass with frosted glass spray paint. This will make sure that the colored gloss spray paint stays on the stand for years to come!

The frosted glass finish spray paint looks like this (second one on the left):

Start painting!

I flipped the stands upside down and started with the base. The thinner the coat the better, so it doesn’t run. Do 2-3 coats before flipping the stand over and doing another 2-3 coats on the top of the stand.

Voila! Now… to make room for all of your new cake stands.

I think I may have gone a tad overboard; they’re just so fun to create!

Stay tuned tomorrow for the recipe to the delicious cupcake above, and don’t forget to enter my latest giveaway ;)

Have a fabulous Monday!

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  1. This has been so helpful to me! I am planning a sweet 16 EnglishTea Party for my daughter and have been looking for cheap cake stands. Well there aren’t any! This will work out great! Plus she can have them hen she moves out on her own.

  2. Thanks I will be using this to make my mother-in-law some stands for Yule gifts! Now I must go in search of plates!

  3. Beautiful work. Are the paints food safe?


    • Hi Kathryn – the paints are not food safe. I always use doilies on them. Super fun to make and serve on. I get compliments about them ALL the time!

    • I’m not sure, Rita. I’m sure you could use another glue, I just wanted to make sure they stuck together really well!

  4. I love love pinterest. The cake stands look great. What is your pinterst? I would love to follow you.