Cake Stands Galore Thrifty DIY!

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If you are on Pinterest, I am sure you have seen the many ways you can make cake stands using thrifted materials.  Well, I wanted to do my own for Kalia’s first birthday party.  I began hunting down materials two months before her party and gathering candlesticks and plates:

I looked for candlesticks that had cool shapes and tried to find plates with interesting edges.  On a deadline, I finally bought a couple more that were not exactly what I wanted, but I love the way they turned out.

I primed, then spray painted my desired colors.
I applied Gorilla Glue* to the top edge of the candlestick to the plate then applied pressure with some heavy cookbooks.  I left overnight.  *UPDATE 12-3-12- I have since used liquid nails and LOVE the results.  I suggest liquid nails over gorilla glue!

*I used Gorilla Glue because it is what I had around house.  Gorilla glue expands as it sticks, so use caution when applying, a little goes a long way.   If you are unfamiliar with Gorilla Glue, I suggest using another glue to adhere the plate and candlestick.

Spray painted stands are NOT food safe,  so be sure to place a layer on the stand when putting any food.  I used thin circle parchment paper that you can buy for baking- it worked perfectly!

The plates ranged in price from $.90 to $1.91 for the larger.  The candlesticks were $.35-$.75 each and I found one glass cover for $.50!  I would say total cost for 5 cake stands was approximately $11.00 not including the cost of spray paint.  (I actually had the spray paint from other projects!) 

I love them, I alternate between the white beauty above and the blue one for my favorite!

Super easy DIY and I think the results are beautiful!

If you enjoy, please comment, share or pin (or all 3 😉

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  1. Sweet Art by Larissa Loja

    September 12th, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    hi, where can I find the glass top please???? thank u Larissa

  2. Michelle

    September 13th, 2012 at 1:37 am

    I've seen these made with glass candle sticks, but never thought about using old brass ones and painting. These are the prettiest I've seen on Pinterest! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Laurel @ABubblyLife

    September 13th, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Thank you Michelle- that is such a wonderful comment to hear! Thank you SO much!!

  4. ellysan

    September 13th, 2012 at 4:25 am

    Love these!!! Parchment is awesome. You can even buy it at the 99 cent Store if you get lucky!!!

  5. Christina at I Gotta Create!

    September 14th, 2012 at 1:44 am

    Wow!! So beautiful! I love the variety both of colors and shapes you chose. So well done!

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original Linky party is open!

  6. Laurel @ABubblyLife

    September 15th, 2012 at 2:52 am

    Thank you Christina, I linked up!

  7. Style Sisters

    September 14th, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Love how they turned out! I am going to make a couple in the next day or so…good to know about the gorilla glue! Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday on my blog…people are still linking up it is open for a few more days and would love to have this post linked up so you can share your ideas.

  8. Laurel @ABubblyLife

    September 15th, 2012 at 2:52 am

    Thank you Karin- I linked up!!

  9. Amy @ Fig Milkshakes (Home and DIY)

    September 14th, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    I love the colors you chose. I also love that you took time to set up your picture to look so pretty. Thanks for the eye candy!

  10. Laurel @ABubblyLife

    September 15th, 2012 at 2:52 am

    Thank you so much Amy, that is such an awesome compliment!!

  11. Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

    September 14th, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Love, love, love! Such pretty colors! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning!

  12. Laurel @ABubblyLife

    September 15th, 2012 at 2:53 am

    Thank you Jill and thank you for the pin!!

  13. Theresa

    September 15th, 2012 at 1:20 am

    I love this idea & yours turned out so pretty. Just found you via a hop going to look around some more. Visiting from stop by anytime!

  14. Laurel @ABubblyLife

    September 15th, 2012 at 2:53 am

    Thank you Theresa, had fun visiting you!

  15. Rachel (Lines Across)

    September 15th, 2012 at 2:44 am

    Wow I love the colors. What a dramatic display for the party! I especially love how they all go together as a set but they're all unique and different. If you get a chance, I would love it if you would stop back by on Monday and share at Lines Across.

  16. Laurel @ABubblyLife

    September 15th, 2012 at 2:54 am

    Thank you SO much Rachel! And thank you for the reminder, I will be there on MOnday!

  17. Anu@My Dream Canvas

    September 15th, 2012 at 5:00 am

    Wow, this looks amazing. Very creative. I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas.

  18. Pint Sized Baker

    September 15th, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    This is awesome! The cake platters in the store are so expensive. This way to have lots of food props!

  19. Kate / Pennello Lane

    September 15th, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Great idea, and how lovely for a party. I'm going to keep this in mind, thanks!

  20. Sweet Boutique

    September 16th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    These are adorable. I really need some! I wish you would share this on Super Sweet Sunday at Most of my blog is about cakes so these are perfect! Have a great day

  21. Sweet Boutique

    September 16th, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    thanks for linking up! love them.

  22. Jenn

    September 17th, 2012 at 4:01 am

    Those look like fancy ones you would have to pay big bucks for. The tall pink one is my favorite.

  23. Laurel @ABubblyLife

    September 19th, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Thank you Jenn!!

  24. Anonymous

    September 17th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    What kind of paint did you use?

  25. suzyq

    September 19th, 2012 at 4:42 am

    Just love all of them – what type of paint did you use?

  26. Laurel @ABubblyLife

    September 19th, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Thank you Suzy! I used spray paint!

  27. Val @ Home Made Modern

    September 19th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Very nice! Love 'em all!

  28. Candy

    September 19th, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    What a cute idea. I even have a stash of old, cheap candlesticks. So, all I need is some glue and I'm ready to copy these cute stands. Thanks for sharing. Im now following you from Please come visit me and maybe you'll decide to follow back??? THANKS.

  29. lisa lyle

    September 19th, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Those are so cool! I am adding to my weekend to do list! Love it!

  30. Christine Schenk

    September 20th, 2012 at 4:16 am

    E6000 is an awesome glue to use. I've used it to glue glass jars to wood candlesticks. LOVE LOVE LOVE these stands!!!

  31. Aimee -

    September 21st, 2012 at 4:24 am

    Yours turned out so great! I love them so much. Thanks for sharing at my party…I'm featuring you tomorrow! XO, Aimee | simply inspired home living

  32. Theresa

    September 21st, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Hi Laurel, I just wanted to let you know you are being featured in the spotlight @ & you can drop by & grab a featured button from the submit/ linkup page or email me & I can send you the code! Have a great weekend!

  33. Helen

    October 6th, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Laurel I would love to be able to share your ideas with my Is that OK with you ? Let me know

  34. Sarah Reyna

    November 9th, 2012 at 6:58 am

    what kind of glue did u use?

  35. Laurel @ABubblyLife

    November 14th, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    I used gorilla glue!

  36. Anonymous

    February 10th, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Oh my gosh, how ADORABLE!! Thanks for a great & oh so each idea!!

  37. maryanne

    July 11th, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    I am very interested to do this for my daughter’s wedding. How did you prime the brass and the plates? Thanks very much!

  38. laurelstavros

    July 12th, 2018 at 9:19 am

    Hi Maryanne! I use a spray paint that has primer in it so I skip the priming step. 🙂

  39. Maryanne

    July 12th, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Thanks very much-even better,with less work! Yeah!

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