How to Make a Wood Cake Stand DIY

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I love this wood cake stand so much. It was such an easy DIY and I think you might want to make one for sure!

A few years I bought a wood cake stand that had beading and was painted white. I bought it at Magnolia in Waco and unfortunately they don’t sell it anymore. I get asked about the cake stand all of the time. So I decided to make one!

The DIY How to Make a Wooden Cake Stand

In the photo below, you can see the cake stand I bought at the Magnolia Market at the Silos. The top is a plain round wood piece, which you can also use if you want (it’s cheaper than what I used). It also has a very small candlestick as the base.

It looks as if the Magnolia cake stand is a simplified version of the one I made. Why does that not surprise me? I am sharing this so you know that there are a few different ways to make these.

DIY How to Make a Wood Cake Stand

If you look at the photo below, you can see how the cake stand is put together.

What You Need to Make This Craft

You can decide what size cake plate you want to make. Most of these wood materials come in all sizes so just decide what you want and make it! For a listing of lots of wood materials and sizes, click here.

  • one unpainted wooden candlestick (4.5″ – 10″)
  • two small unpainted wooden plaques, one 4″ Wood Base, and one 5″ Wood Base
  • one large round wood plaque for top, 8″ – 12″, 8″ Wood Round
  • one bag of 3/8″ wooden beads
  • thin wire
  • white paint or stain and paintbrush
  • wood glue (I used Beacon Power Tac) but any wood glue would work.
  • polycrylic protective finish

one – gather your materials, as listed above

two – this is the order of the cake plate – 5″ circle on bottom (right side up), candlestick (right side up), 4″ circle (upside down), top wood circle

three – stack the pieces and with a ruler, draw circles to line them up on the piece below

four – glue the 5″ piece to the candlestick and glue the 4″ piece on top.


five – string some of the wooden beads and measure them to fit around the bottom edge of the candlestick

six – once you have the right number of beads, string one side of the wire through the next bead and pull tightly

seven – lift up the round wooden beads and apply some of the wood glue then press and hold until adhered

eight – attach the base to the top piece with the wood glue


nine – add beading around all edges, for a total of three

ten – once the beads are dry, pull out the wire and then get ready to paint

eleven – apply paint thinly to all areas on the cake stand (if it’s too think, just wipe it off)

twelve – once dried, cover with polycrylic protective finish

Cake Stand DIY

This is what your cake plate should look like! Doesn’t this just look amazing?

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I love that the same cake stand looks so different in so many places in our home.

I can’t even imagine how great this will look with a gray stain or even painted a fun color! Pink perhaps??

Frequently Asked Questions
What are other uses for a cake stand?

A cake stand, originally known as a salver, was made to hold a cake (duh), but some of us rarely use them for cakes. I use them for desserts, muffins, and all desserts. I also use my cake stands as a decor item and you can find many of them throughout our home with lots of wonderful items stored on top.

This cake stand is a one of a kind and I am so happy how it turned out. It turned out better than I expected.

Links to the Items Shown in This Post

3/8″ Wooden Beads
5″ Wood Base
8″ Wood Round
4″ Wood Bases
4.5″ Wood Candlestick
Pillar Candle Holder
Mosser Glass 6″ Cake Plate
Mosser Glass 6″ Cake Plate
Mosser Glass 6″ Cake Plate

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  • Donna Roberts Donna Roberts on May 31, 2021

    I love the cake stand but,I also love the plate with succulents!! Where did you find it?? Donna R.

  • Maude  LaFountain Maude LaFountain on May 31, 2021

    Do you live close to WACO ? .. I'm about 35 miles from Waco ....I've been to Magnolia Gardens several times...I love browsing through their store .....they have some awesome stuff in there....anyway I love how your cake stand came out it looks awesome !


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