Sweet DIY: Clay Pot Cake Stands

Good afternoon fellow crafty people!

We have an awesome and easy tutorial on creating your own Dessert & Cake Stands today!

As you already know we are all about budget partying, so it should come as no surprise that we have decided to use some very common and inexpensive materials for this project. This stand is simple to make and of course VERY inexpensive. Just a couple of simple clay pots and saucers in different sizes and you could have an entire set of serveware for your own party or dessert table display.

Ok here we go!

Here is a list of the materials that you will need to make your own “Clay Pot Dessert Stand(s)”:

  • Loctite Adhesive (super heavy duty for porous surfaces like clay)
  • Pencil
  • Clay Pot
  • Clay Saucer
  • Decorative Material to finish (We used spray paint, but you could be as creative you want of course!)

Step One: Choose a small clay pot and a large saucer. We found that the darker clay versions (as pictured) work better as far as paint coverage is concerned. The orange clay tends to show cracks when you paint it. The larger the saucer you choose the larger the pot underneath should be to make sure it can support properly. You want these to be nice and sturdy!

Step Two: Flip your saucer over bottoms up and place the base of the small clay pot on the center of the saucer. Trace the bottom of the pot outline onto the saucer and remove.

Step Three: Carefully apply your Locktite adhesive to the bottom of the clay pot, taking precautions to keep your glue inside the rim. Flip the pot over and place it inside the traced area on the saucer to secure in place. Let sit for 24 hours to completely dry before you flip it over.

Step Four: Now it is time to decorate your stand. Go ahead and flip it over and admire your handiwork. We chose to take a can of glossy white spray paint to our because we wanted something neutral that we can use over and over. The sky really is the limit here though, you could glitterize it, modge podge collage it, spray it, paint or stencil. It’s up to you!


You now have your very own Clay Dessert & Cake Stand! These are really nice because they weigh quite a bit and are sturdy. If you plan to put food on your stand be sure to use a food safe base of parchment or paper underneath to keep the food from touching your decorated area. You could also apply a coat of food safe polyurethane spray and not have to worry about it!

Have you tried this technique before?

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Cake Stand Ribbon Skirt DIY

Hello everyone! 

We are going to share with you a simple and snazzy DIY today, showing you how to create your own Cake Stand Ribbon Skirt! Often times in our line of work we re-use our vessels, cake stands and serveware. We are all about budget partying, so whenever we can we try to make good use of what we already have by jazzing it up temporarily to serve a new purpose. With that in mind, we have a DIY project to demonstrate. We recently threw a party for our son where we made great use of some ribbon we already had and a cake stand we made last year. The result was a super cute Ribbon Skirt that fit around the stand. This skirt is simple to make and VERY inexpensive. It completely transformed our cake stand, and was removable, so we can use our stand again without the skirt. Since we already had the materials to make it, it cost us nothing but a couple hours! However if you did need to buy everything to make this (assuming you already have your cake stand) it would cost you about $10, and most likely less if you bargain hunt.

So let’s get right down to it…

To see the entire DIY tutorial, step by step, click here and visit our full post on The Flair Exchange blog!

White Wooden Dessert Pedestal DIY

Welcome to the Sweet DIY tutorial area of our blog!

This tutorial is for our White Wooden Dessert Pedestal as seen on our Vintage Circus Dessert Table. We want to share with you just how easy it is to create your own dessert pedestals for cakes, candies, cookies, cupcakes, whatever you desire to put on them! This particular pedestal was inspired by a vintage circus themed party we planned for our son's 2nd birthday a few weeks ago.

While browsing for the serving pieces we wanted to use we were a bit discouraged by the price tag that came with most vintage serving pieces and new ones too for that matter. As a budget conciencious family we are always on the look out for the best deal or cost-effective option and for us that means DIY most of the time. 

So, let's get down to business here.

For this project you will need several common tools and several items all purchaseable at AC Moore


  • 1 clean cloth
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • 1 wooden candlestick
  • 1 rectangular wood block
  • 1 circular wood block
  • 1 small wooden tray
  • 1 pack of woodsies craft sticks
  • 1 tube of liquid nails
  • 1 small square of fine grit sandpaper
  • 1 utility knife + a safe cutting surface
  • 1 can of spray paint (we chose white)
  • empty cardboard box or safe painting area in a well ventilated space


Step One: Prep Work

Take your wooden components and lightly sand them all over to get rid of any imperfections or splintering. You want a nice smooth even surface for your glue and paint to adhere to. After sanding, wipe of any fine dust with a damp cloth, then let your pieces air dry for a few minutes.



Step Two: Measure + Mark + Glue

Select the circular piece of wood to be your base. Find the center of your base piece of wood and mark it by drawing on line horizontally and one line vertically meeting in the middle. Grab the candlestick and find the center of the base of it and mark it the same way. Draw your mark lines slightly up the side of the base of the candlestick about 1/8" in. Take your candlestick and apply a dab of liquid nails to the base then using the marks you made, line it up to match the center of the circular base. Do the same center marking to the rectangular wood block and the top of the candlestick, then line them up and glue together as well. You should now have a candlestick with a wooden block attached at each end. Let the piece dry for about an hour to ensure that it is secure before moving on to step three.

Step Three: Measure + Mark + Glue... Again

Turn your small wooden tray upside down and then find the center in the same method we did in Step Two. Do the same to the rectangular wooden block on the side that will attach to the bottom of the tray. Line 'em up and glue 'em. Let it dry an hour. Just like before. 

Alternative to Step Two/Three: Walk on the Wild Side

If you aren't a fan of measuring stuff, walk on the wild side and eyeball that mess. We recommend you OCD it to death, but if you have a good eye for these things go ahead. Find what looks to be the center of everything, glue them to each other. Done. 



We wanted a nice scalloped edge on our new pedestal and decided to use craft sticks with their perfect little rounded edges to get there.

Step Four: Cut!

Take out one of your craft sticks and hold it up to the outer edge of the tray. Decide how long you want your scalloped edge to hang down and hold it in place to mark a cut line. Take the stick and place it onto your safe cutting surface, then use the utility knife to cut on the line you marked. Use your first stick as a guide to cut all the rest to the same length. You will need approximately two dozen cut pieces to cover each long side of the tray. Lightly sand the cut edges to smooth them out. Overacheivers: go ahead and cut more to glue onto the ends of the tray as well. 



Step Five: Measure + Mark + Glue... Again? Mmmhmm.

Lay your sticks out side by side. Measure the length of about 12 sticks together, then mark that measurement on both sides of your tray, making sure to keep things centered. You want to avoid having a gap at one end with no edging. It will look funny. Use your guides to glue the cut sticks on to the tray sides, lining them up evenly at the top and bottom and keeping the edges flush with one another. Let dry one hour. Did we mention that before? Overacheivers: Do the same for the tray ends. 


Spray painting can come off beautifully or badly. Its all in the...finger. And the wrist. Basically your technique is key. If you aren't already a pro at spray painting we recommend a great tutorial courtesy of Becky Higgins which you can find here.

Step Six: Paint Makes it Pretty.

Now that you have glued and measured and marked and glued and measured and marked and glued again and again and again, whew, it's time to paint! So don't sweat all those pesky little marks we made you draw cause they are all about to disappear. Take your pretty new pedestal to your designated spray painting area. Well ventilated and properly protected. We prefer to go outdoors and take our chances with the elements most of the time. Sure it can be annoying with a little wind, but man is that paint stinky! We recommend you spray two to three coats of your paint. The wood is going to soak it up a bit at first, so if you prefer you can apply a light base coat of primer beforehand. If you are an old hat at this stuff, you don't need us to tell you anymore. But if you are a newbie to spraying paint then we do recommend you read the tutorial on spray painting. Allow your paint to dry according to the manufactuer's recommendations. You are done!

Note: If you plan to serve food that is not wrapped on your dessert pedestal you will need to do one of two things beforehand. You can either make an insert to put onto the bottom of the tray area to serve as a barrier between the painted surface and the food or you can apply a foodsafe top coat to the inside area of the tray where the food will touch. We chose the first option.