I know, I know, it’s going to get really hard to concentrate on this post with all these delicious macarons dancing before your eyes. Hmmm, pistachio… If you manage to tear your eyes away from this crunchy-chewy (crunchewy?) gift from our friends the French, you’ll see what I’m here to talk about. My gift to you – if you ever wondered how to make your own cake stand. And you probably have since Pinterest is 50% DIY cake stand tutorials!
This round wooden cake stand is on the smaller side at 8 inches, perfect for small pies, cupcakes, and macarons. The fluted foot launches it into the modern age because everything is fluted or reeded now. I’m not complaining, in fact, I love it, since I’m always very attracted to textures. I’m curious to know how you feel about fluting. Read to find out how to make this modern cake stand and let me know in the comments!
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To make this DIY Cake Stand, you’ll need…
- Wooden curtain rings or wooden craft rings (2 3/4” wide – 7cm wide)
- Plywood sheets (1/4″ thick – 6mm thick)
- Glue gun
- White paint
- Food safe varnish
- Masking tape
- Concrete mix
Step 1: Build the DIY cake stand base
To start building the base, take 2 wooden rings and place them on top of each other. Use something straight to make sure you build the base straight (it’s very easy to go wonky…). I’m using a 3D ruler that’s so brilliant for woodworking! You don’t need to specifically get a tool like that for this DIY, an open hardcover book will do.
When your rings are aligned, hold them steady and apply a line of hot glue inside, between the 2 rings. Try to make sure the glue doesn’t squeeze through any gaps and doesn’t show on the outside of the rings.
Since wooden rings are usually not perfectly shaped, you might have to press down on them to eliminate any gaps when you apply the glue.
Continue building the cake stand base until you have glued 12 rings.
Step 2: PHYSICS! Lower the center of gravity
Yes, guys, a physics lesson! Isn’t this fun…… Just joking, I’m the least qualified person on Earth for this. However I do know that this cake stand is rather tall and since wood is not a heavy material, it should have a low center of gravity to prevent it from toppling over once you put all sorts of delicious things on top of it.
To make the base heavier, we’re going to pour a little concrete inside! First you need to wrap the bottom of the base with masking tape. Rub the tape to ensure it adheres fully to the wood.
Next, mix a small portion of concrete according to your manufacturer’s instructions. You should aim to get 3 or 4 tablespoons of mixed concrete.
Carefully pour the mix into the base and tap the base on the table to help the concrete settle.
Let it dry for a few hours before you remove the tape.
Step 3: Paint the DIY cake stand base
When the base is dry, paint it with matte white paint. Let the first coat dry, then apply a second coat.
Step 4: Cut the round top
For the cake stand top, use a plate or a compass to draw an 8″ (20cm) circle onto the sheet of plywood. Cut the round shape with a handsaw or with a jigsaw.
Sand the edges of the top to smooth them down.
Now, apply a food-safe varnish to protect the wood so that you can wipe it down after using it.
It’s super important to choose a wood finish that is suitable for contact with food. Your average varnish is a no-go as it will leach chemicals into your food. Yuck, I’ll have my macarons without contaminants, thanks! Here are a few good food-safe wood finishes that work well: Tried & True Varnish Oil and Bayes Wood Conditioner.
Step 5: Assemble the DIY cake stand
To finish the cake stand, turn the round top over and place the base on top of it (concrete side up). Adjust the base to ensure it is in the center of the top and draw around with a pencil.
Next, apply a circle of hot glue where you marked the emplacement for the base and press the base into the glue. Press down well and wait until the glue has cooled down before you turn the cake stand over.
And voila! Head to your favorite macarons supplier to adorn your new cake stand. Hmm, I really need to get over this macaron obsession. The only way is to simply go and have a few I suppose…