Vintage Cake Stands: Make Your Own!

vintage cake stands

vintage cake stands

Vintage cake stands are a coveted item these days. They add a charming touch to a vintage themed wedding. If you’re lucky, you can find vintage cake stands at resale shops and yard sales. But they’re not easy to find – at least not at a cheap price.

Don’t fret! You can make your own vintage cake stands. And it only takes a few minutes!

Here’s what you need:

  • vintage plate
  • glass candlestick
  • crystal drawer pull (this is optional)
  • epoxy glue (slow drying if you are making more than one vintage cake stand)
  • ruler
  • Sharpie
  • Popsicle stick
  • Q-tip
  • something to mix your epoxy in (I used a recycled aluminum tray)

Find the half way point on the back of your plate and place a dot using a Sharpie or other marking device.

vintage cake stand

Pour your epoxy in a well ventilated area. (I used the fast drying epoxy, and it hardened in the tray and was no longer usable after about four minutes. If you are making several plates I would suggest using the slow drying epoxy.)


Mix the epoxy using a Popsicle stick.


Dip Q-tip in epoxy and coat the rim of the candlestick.

diy vintage cake stand

Adhere candlestick to back of plate using fingers to press it into place.

cake plate

If you are adding a drawer pull to the other side of the plate, place a dab of epoxy glue on the drawer pull. Turn plate over and adhere to middle of plate.

vintage cake plate

Let dry for recommended drying time.

cake stands

Enjoy your lovely vintage cake stands!! You can also make two tier cake stands using one small plate and one dinner plate. Just make sure the base is good and sturdy. You can use a vintage drinking glass or old fashioned, tulip shaped ice cream sundae dish for the base. The last thing you want is your goodies to topple over!

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  1. Posted by Amberdawn on April 12th, 2010 at 11:15pm

    I love this idea! So simple, but what a dramatic change :)
  2. Posted by Hazel on April 13th, 2010 at 3:24am

    This is really pretty and seems very easy to do... Thanks for the idea... would want to try this on an ordinary dinner before applying it on a bigger project. Thanks!
  3. Posted by nestug on April 13th, 2010 at 5:14am

    it's so cute and very easy to do
    i love this website there are so many lovely ideas
    thanks for sharing
  4. Posted by Angela on April 13th, 2010 at 5:07pm

    Nice to see vintage coming back. I love finding items like these knowing there's often some history behind them. Maybe the set you find might have been a wedding gift from the 50s etc.
  5. Posted by The Tiny Homestead on April 13th, 2010 at 10:49pm

    I just love using cake stands. They make everyday snacks and treats seem fancy. I think I'll try making one, or three of these :)
  6. Posted by Sydney on April 14th, 2010 at 7:30am

    I used E-6000 and it worked very well. I have made too many now and need to give some away! Great idea, easy and fun to do!
  7. Posted by Christina on April 14th, 2010 at 10:42am

    Thanks for the tip on the E-6000! Actually, they would make great gifts Sydney!
  8. Posted by Dandelion & Grey on April 15th, 2010 at 8:51pm

    This is beautiful! I just might need to make one for myself! xo
  9. Posted by jessica on April 15th, 2010 at 9:45pm

    ok, i must be dumb... if that's a cake stand - why would you put a drawer pull in the middle of it? Wouldn't it stick in the bottom of the plate?

    I've had a "blonde day" so it could just be i don't get it today! lol!

  10. Posted by Christina on April 16th, 2010 at 6:53am

    Jessica, don't feel dumb!!:) You're right, you wouldn't put a whole cake on this type of plate, unless it was a bundt cake. This type of plate would be perfect for your other goodies, like squares, tarts and cookies. Or you could use it for sliced cake.
  11. Posted by Sarah on May 1st, 2010 at 11:10pm

    I love love love this idea! I'm totally stealing this for my upcoming wedding. We wanted to do our cupcakes as our centerpieces but couldn't find anything but those ugly wire racks. This way not only do we have a beautiful way to display out cupcakes but someone will get to take it home.
  12. Posted by Christina on May 2nd, 2010 at 9:28pm

    These would be perfect for cupcake centerpieces Sarah! Glad you liked the idea!
  13. Posted by amber on June 18th, 2010 at 12:39am

    This is beautiful, would you mind if I repost this on my blog?

  14. Posted by June on April 7th, 2011 at 8:50pm

    A brillian and inexpensive idea for making pretty cake stands.Thank you for sharing.
  15. Posted by Chris I on May 31st, 2011 at 10:59pm

    I am so going to make these for my house! What a wonderful way to use Vintage dishes, rather than just putting them in a curio!
  16. Posted by gaabi on September 16th, 2013 at 9:16pm

    Better than epoxy glue would be a silicone aquarium sealant. Much tougher and more permanent and non-toxic -
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