How To Make A Rustic Cake Stand Platter Out Of Wood And 3 Ways To Use

This Dear Casa
by This Dear Casa
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1 Hour

An accident earlier this year left us with a lot of material for projects like this DIY cake stand. Are you thinking this photo is not of a cake on a stand? It’s true. Read on to see more!

If you follow me over on Instagram, you may have seen in my stories that a huge branch from our tree fell during a snow storm and landed in our yard, but mostly in our sweet neighbor’s yard. We ended up saving a lot of the branch for fire wood and I snagged some pieces for projects.

My son standing on our smashed fence

My friend Adam stopped by and I was telling him about my craft challenge and with just one sentence he inspired me to make a cake stand from my wood scraps! As we were talking I realized it would be useful as more than a cake stand though!

Thanks for reading along. Hope you enjoy the tutorial and all the rest!

Step 1: Gather materials.

In the Materials section I included supplies for both cutting your own wood and supplies if you want to buy precut slabs.

Step 3: Draw your cut lines.

Step 4: Use a handheld sawzall to make your cuts.

Step 5: Measure and mark placement of the feet.

Of course you can choose not to use feet, but I like the height they provide.

Step 6: Double check the placement of the feet.

Step 7: Attach the feet to the cake stand top.

Ta da!

Full disclosure- I did not make this cake. I bought it from Trader Joe’s. I love their desserts in a pinch. When I got it home, I realized it was almost comically small for the wood cake stand. I decided to use a vintage pink stand I have for a layered look. If you are using found wood like I did you will want to make sure to use a food safe wood sealer (I linked one in the step one materials section) if you intend to set food directly on top of the wood. If you purchase wood slabs from a craft store, read to see if it is food safe.

This would make a nice gift for a mom who appreciates a hand made, organic, rustic vibe. My husband’s family loves a charcuterie cheese board. They inspired me to create this scene. At any family gathering there is sure to be some variation of cheese, cured meat, olives, nuts, dips and a fruit like apples. Everyone snacks on this spread while cooking and catching up. When my husband and I were B.C. (my phrase for the time “Before Child” lol) he would grill bratwurst and we would make a charcuterie cheese board and eat just that for dinner. Simpler times sigh.

It could also be used as a plant stand. We live in Washington surrounded by evergreens. It feels very woodsy and this sort of rustic look fits right in. To prevent mold from forming, use a spray sealer to protect the wood. I didn’t link one because I haven’t found one I was super happy with.

Thanks for reading! Would love to hear what you think in comments! Some notes- I marked this project as Intermediate skill level in case you choose to use a drill. As for time, I stated 1 hour and that is if you make cuts and drill.

For another fun DIY that is super budget friendly check out this keepsake silhouette idea.

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  • CHolt CHolt on May 07, 2021

    Did you allow the wood to dry at all before using for your project? I was curious if they would split as they dried if they are not already.

    I love this look and we have several downed trees, it would be nice to do something constructive with them!

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