Romantic DIY Cake Stand

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DIY Cake Stand Upcycle 

This DIY cake stand upcycle project  inspiration came from a gift I shared with my daughter in law.  Our taste is identical which makes her super fun to shop for, but sometimes I’d rather keep the gift for myself.  Case in point is this pretty DIY cake stand I bought from the Interior Frugalista.  As you can see its gorgeous, and one of a kind.  I did manage to gift it to my daughter in law, but remained inspired.



I kept the idea in mind and soon find this little candle holder with cherubs and instantly knew I found the piece I needed to make my own cake stand.  Then I needed to find a top portion.

DIY cake stand before picture.

My first attempt at upcyling this large candlestick was spraying a dollar store metal bowl.  The bowl idea failed terribly the paint somehow wrinkled really badly.  Maybe the paint was too cold or faulty, I have no idea what it did wrong.  Toss the white paint and metal bowl and start over.

The candle holder hit the storage shelf for a couple more months until I bought a thrift store silver platter that had seen its better days.   I promise I followed Marie’s advise and made sure it wasn’t sterling silver using a magnet.  It wasn’t magnetic so it wasn’t stirling. 

Starting over I bought gorgeous metallic pink spray paint even the name Champagne Mist says “girl”.

Two light coats of this paint leaving four hours between coats worked very well.  So glad there was no paint run as I had no ability to sand this intricate candle holder.  After the fiasco of the first attempt I was thankful it went on so well.  

I didn’t think the entire cake stand would look good in metallic pink, so I spray painted the silver tray with rustoleum chalk white paint I had on hand.  Leaving it to dry well between coats.  

Putting the Cake Stand Together

I am not sure if the little cherub stand is a type of plastic or plaster, either way I was scared to drill into it in case the inside was hollow and it cracked. Taking the safer route I glued a little piece of wood into the center and then glued the plate to the wood and to the outer sides.

Attaching an old candlestick to a silver platter using wood and glue.

After applying the glue, I placed the painted silver tray on top.  I then added several cans of food on top for weight and let it the glue dry overnight.

It’s not as lovely and high as the cake plate I gave to my girl, but it will add a different height to any dessert table set up.

To use this stand for food I will always place a small protective pad between the cake plate and this cake plate stand.   Doing it this way I used it and was able to wash it off without any problem.

I will always have to take extra precautions with it.  None the less I love it and it’s one of a kind.

This is one of those no downside projects, you get a one of a kind plate exactly the way your want it.  You can build them outside of the manufacturer’s typical height specifications. They are really inexpensive to put together and you put an item back into service again.

I hope you like the idea and make one of your own.



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  1. Hi Leanna Love the way this turned out, so cute, and I love the pink!

  2. Leanne, this cake stand is lovely!! I like the champagne mist color you used, and how clever to add a block of wood so that you could add the platter. It looks beautiful!!

  3. Such a great idea! I love how unique and personalized you can make this cake stand. Tons of fun. Thanks for sharing and co-hosting at the #HomeMattersParty 🙂

    Life With Lorelai

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Lorelai: I am learning how to shop at thrift stores. I will see things I like but leave them because refurbishing comes with a cost. This plate was really inexpensive to do so I had fun playing with it.

      Have a great week. See you at the #HomeMattersParty

  4. This is just gorgeous!! I love that spraypaint. I’m on a rose gold kick right now but that pearl finish is stunning. #homemattersparty

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Michelle: I have always been a pink nut. This blush metallic is really nice. It reminds me of the dusty rose of the 80’s but with a sparkly modern twist.

      Its been great co-hosting the #HomeMattersParty with you. Thank you for the opportunity. Leanna

  5. It looks so romantic! Perfect for a special occasion

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Pili: The minute I saw the old candlestick with the little cherubs I thought Valentine’s Day. Thank you for commenting its really nice to receive feedback.

  6. This is darling! I have a few cake plates, but none as unique as this. Thanks for sharing #HomeMattersParty

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Emily: I enjoy serving things in special ways. I hope I inspired you to make one like the Interior Frugalista did me.

  7. The pink pearl metallic paint is so pretty! I haven’t used that kind of spray paint before. The cake stand turned out lovely, thanks for sharing your DIY at the #HomeMattersParty this week.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Nicole: I am happy with how my cake plate turned out. I like that you can create them in different heights then the standard sizes. Have a good week. Leanna

  8. Be still my repurposing heart! Great job. #homemattersparty

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Cute comment Deborah. I always say anyone can shop. It’s fun to figure out how to make something one of a kind. Thank you for commenting.

  9. What a clever and resourceful way to create exactly what you want! That spray paint color is so pretty – perfect for special desserts and celebrations! Thank you for sharing this great idea!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Kristine: This new metallic paint colours are so pretty. I know I will be making more items with this paint. I have a serious soft spot for anything pink.

  10. The metallic pink paint is so so pretty Leanna and the cake stand looks perfect! So clever to use the piece of wood to attach the plate too!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Katrin:

      I was never into spray painting until they came up with the metallic ones. This new pink one is my very favorite. It makes anything looking feminine I will have to play with it again.

      It makes me happy when I receive comments. Thank you! Leanna

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Pam: I think the best part of this project was that I took two discarded out of date scratched items and made them useful and enjoyable again.

      Thank you for commenting. Leanna

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hey Marie: I am really happy that you approve of my rework of your idea. It really was hard handing over the cake stand you created. Like I stated in the post the DIY versions are great because you don’t have to stick to the standard heights.

      Thank you for commenting. I am excited that you like it. Leanna

  11. I love the Cherub base and the “Champaign Mist” paint ! The Plate Stand is beautiful! Thanks for sharing it! #HomeMattersParty

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Jeannee:

      I was pretty impressed to find that little cherub candlestick. The pink paint is definitely a new favorite. Thanks for commenting. Leanna

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Donna. A year ago I never used spray paint. I am learning to love it because of all the pretty metallic finishes.

      Enjoy your week and thank you for commenting. Leanna

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Debra: I could not believe my eyes when I found the little cherub candlestick. I was excited for the find. I am quite proud with how it turned out.

      I appreciate you taking the time to provide me with feedback. Thank you Leanna

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Lisa. I was able to make this very seasonal cake plate for 5 dollars. For such a reasonable cost it doesn’t have to be used very often to be worth keeping.

      I really like the one of a kind refurbishing posts I see online and its inspiring me to make some myself.

      Thank you for commenting. Leanna

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Lisa. I was able to make this very seasonal cake plate for 5 dollars. For such a reasonable cost it doesn’t have to be used very often to be worth keeping.

      I really like the one of a kind refurbishing posts I see online and its inspiring me to make some myself.

      Thank you for commenting. Leanna

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