I was recently faced with the challenge of needing multiple cake pedestals of various heights worthy of use at an upscale wedding. The layout the bride wanted was similar to a layout I had created for another wedding, but the stands I used then were borrowed. Borrowing those stands again wasn’t an option; neither was going out and buying stands.
I had to find a frugal way, so this is what I did…
Tape Measure or Math Compass
Candleholders, various heights
Microwave Turntable Plates, various sizes
Cotton Balls or Pads
Glass Glue (I used E6000)
Magic Eraser-type Sponge
Keep in mind that the candle holders DO NOT have to been right side up to work. As a matter of fact, they may work better up side down! Look at the placement from both ends. Your cake stand needs to be balanced with a stable footing when weight is applied.
Thoroughly wash and dry your candle holders and plates.
Place the end of the candle holder that will be glued near the center on the top of the plate. Use the tape measure or math compass to center the candleholder on the plate, checking all angles before the next step.
Use the permanent marker to draw a ring (on the top of the plate) that will make placement of the candle holder easier once glue is applied.
Using cotton and alcohol clean the edge that will be glued on the candle holder and the bottom of the plate near the marker ring.
Apply glue according to supplied directions to the candle holder making sure all surface area is covered well.
Attach the candle holder to the back of the plate lining it up with the circle that was drawn on the other side of the plate. Hold in place with light pressure a few minutes.
Set aside and let the glue dry and cure at least 24 hours (72 hours is better).
Once the glue has cured, remove the drawn permanent marker ring easily using the sponge.
I bought the candle holders and microwave turntable plates at a thrift shop, and I was able to create all five stands for less than $10.
If there are words stamped into the plates that are bothersome, simply hide them under paper doilies, circles cut from tissue paper that match the colors of the party, pretty napkins or lettuce leaves.
There are multiple ways you can dress up your cake stands to match the event. Add ribbon, lace, tassel fringe, fabric fringe, and even rhinestone trim around the edges of the plates using light corn syrup to temporarily attach them. They will remove easily with hot soapy water when you are done.
Drawing dots, stripes, and other designs on the underside of the plates with markers (washes off easily with an eraser-type sponge) is another great way to enhance the stands. Be sure you do not use markers where food may come in contact with the ink.
To illuminate your display, try using battery powered mini lights (like those used for models) or glow bracelets or necklaces under and around the candle holders.
The five stands I made have already earned their keep. I will be using them again very soon to serve hors d’oeuvres at a graduation party and another wedding!