DIY Wedding Cake Stand

Cake stands are great if you want to add some height and presence for your wedding cake without adding an extra tier, and we thought our DIY cake stand is just a bit more unique than your standard silver-plated cake stand. It also allows you to easily incorporate your wedding theme and designs into this element too. 

DIY wedding cake stand idea

And trust me, we were so glad we didn’t add an extra tier to our wedding cake when we only had 130 guests. We had too much wedding cake to take home at the end of the night as it was.

our how-to on a DIY wedding cake stand

What you need:

  • A standard glass or ceramic cake stand, found at your standard home good stores (Home Outfitters, Pier1, The Bay, etc.). Our 3-tier wedding cake had a 10″ base, mounted on a 14″ cake board (verify your cake board size with your cake vendor), so we got a 12″ cake stand. Cost: $30
  • A strong cake board from Bulk Barn, we got a 14″ board to match the cake board that the baker will put the cake on. The board should be larger than the cake stand so it would drape over the edge. Cost: $2.00
  • Decorations of your choice, ours were pearl strands that were also used in our centerpieces
  • Glue gun or strong tape
  • Thin wires
  • Tape measure
  • Marker/pen
  • Ribbon & double sided tape (optional)


  1. Flip the cake board so it’s resting on top of the cake stand upside down and the white “underside” is showing.
  2. underside of the cake stand

  3. Using a tape measure, measure equal distance around the radius (outer edge) of the cake board, mark these points lightly down.
  4. Drape a section of pearl beading over 2 marked points along the edges of the cake board to figure out how long you want to make your decorations. You don’t want it to touch the table but hover above it. I counted the number of beads that would look good. 15. Wrap a wire on the very top end of the bead strand, then every X number of beads, I wrapped another wire.
  5. Once you have all the wiring done, you can simply tape or glue gun down this wiring to the board along the marked points you made earlier.
  6. close up of cake stand beading

  7. Flip the board back the right side up, your beads should be dangling down perfectly. Voila!  A beautiful and unique cake stand. Rotate your cake stand around and find the most uniformed side, mark down “front” on the back so that you know this side is the side that should face the guests.
  8. beading from the top side

    marking the prettiest/neatest side to face the guests

  9. On the day of the wedding, our cake vendor mounted her same-size cake board on top, and wrapped the 2 board edges together with a white satin ribbon and some double sided tape. If your cake vendor won’t help you out, ask your decorating team or bridal party to help finish this last detail.

Other cool DIY cake stand ideas:
A budget-savvy groom on Rich Bride Poor Bride used a wooden wine crate as his cake stand for his winery wedding.

Don’t forget to check out our DIY Cupcake Stand post and other cool DIY inspirations as well!


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  1. Pingback: DIY Cupcake Stand « Briderella's Wedding Blog – Toronto Canada

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