How to Make A Beautiful Concrete Cake Stand Using Quikrete

5 Materials
$6
1 Day
Easy

I’ve been busy mixing up a lot of things this week. One was a batch of pillowy soft oatmeal cookies. The other was a beautiful concrete cake stand using *QUIKCRETE® concrete mix.
MY INSPIRATION: A CHARMING PAIR OF SQUAT, GLASS CANDLESTICKS THAT I’VE NEVER USE BUT CAN’T SEEM TO PART WITH.
The candle holders made a perfect base for a concrete topper. As for the topper mold, I rummaged through my recycling bin and recovered a clear, plastic take-out box and a rusty, round cake pan.
First, put on those gloves as concrete is VERY caustic to the skin!
Second, since concrete dust is very fine, measure and pour the mix slowly and carefully. Try not to breath in the dust.
Finally, if you are using a metal mold for your cake stand topper, set a large piece of plastic wrap into your mold, making there you have several inches of excess spilling over the sides. Otherwise, you will have one heck of a time unmolding your topper!
STEP 2: MIX CONCRETE
First, sift out most of the larger pieces of gravel for a smoother final product. Then, place 4 cups of concrete mix into your mixing bowl, and stir in 1/2 cup water to start. If the mixture is looking too dry while you stir, add another couple tablespoons until the consistency of your concrete is that of wet oatmeal.
Next, press enough concrete into your mold to reach 1/2″ up the sides of the mold.
NOTE: Make sure the surface of the concrete is PERFECTLY EVEN or your creation will be lopsided!
STEP 3: PLACE YOUR CANDLESTICK
Fill the hole in your candlestick with concrete, then place it hole-side-down in the center of the mold. (This will help it grip to the topper.)
Press another 1/2″ inch of concrete into the mold. (Ideal topper thickness should be between 1 and 1-1/2″. Any thicker will be too heavy and prone to topple.)
For candlesticks with straight sides, press the concrete at least 1/4″ up the sides of the candlestick to secure it in place. If your candlestick has a lip, press the second layer of concrete over the lip to secure.
Smooth out the concrete so that the surface and edges are all even.
Tap the mold to work out any bubbles.
STEP 4: DRY
Allow your cake stand to dry for 24 hours in a well-ventilated area.
STEP 5: UNMOLD
Once dried, set your cake stand right-side-up and peel off the mold. Clear plastic will lift off like a dream!
Here is another cake stand I made using a metal pan, plastic wrap and a candlestick with a lip. Again, the plastic wrap unmolds and peels off with ease.
And you’re done!
As you can see, the scalloped sides of the plastic take-out container made lovely edges!
For the full tutorial as well as how to make your cake stands food-safe, follow the blog post link below!

Suggested materials:

  • Quikrete Standard Concrete Mix (4 cups)  (Lowe's)
  • Water  (Da Sink)
  • Plastic take-out container  (Da restaurant)
See all materials

Top Hometalk Projects

11 Unexpected Ways to Use Spices in Your Home
31 Space Saving Storage Ideas That'll Keep Your Home Organized
16 Creative Ways To Upcycle Pallets
15 Genius Curtain Ideas To Instantly Upgrade Your Space
14 DIY Hacks to Stay Clean While Camping
31 Amazing Furniture Flips You Have to See to Believe
29 Of The Best DIY Mirror Projects Ever Made
30 Creative Ways To Repurpose Baking Pans
16 Creative Ways To Upcycle Pallets
16 Ways to Showcase Your Herb Garden
15 Fabulous Fire Pits For Your Backyard
Fake It Until You Make It! 27 Creative Hacks for High-End Looks
30 Ways To Use Old Jeans For Brilliant Craft Ideas
18 Easy DIY Projects That You Can Do This Weekend!
16 Ways to Showcase Your Herb Garden
Leilani Smith

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

Go

Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Belen
    on Sep 3, 2016

    are the concrete stands heavy?

  • KJ
    on Nov 7, 2019

    So I’m assuming with the weight of concrete you can’t use just any base. Would have to be a certain width at the bottom and weigh a good amount so it doesn’t topple over. Not something we can really experiment with before inserting the base into the Quikcrete. Any suggestion for sizes and type of bases to use.

Join the conversation

3 of 26 comments
Your comment...