For parties, it’s so lovely to have big displays of cakes, cookies, and other sweets, all on white ceramic cake stands (like the ones Martha Stewart makes each year for Macy’s, which I adore!). But what if you need a whole bunch of extra cake plates for one particular party, or if you’re limited on budget? Well, here’s how to make a cake stand… for just two bucks! That’s the magic of the dollar store and a little spray paint!

This project is courtesy of Victoria at VixenMade (who previously shared her amazing bowling theme party with us, also). To make her $2 cake stand, she started with a tart pan and a candlestick:

DIY dollar store cake stand - make this cake plate for just $2! #diy #partyideas #crafts

Then, she glued the candlestick to the tart pan using Amazing Goop brand glue.

DIY dollar store cake stand - make this cake plate for just $2! #diy #partyideas #crafts

After allowing the glue to dry, she applied white spray paint, and voila!

DIY dollar store cake stand - make this cake plate for just $2! #diy #partyideas #crafts

A brand new white cake plate! Doesn’t it look fabulous on Victoria’s red hutch?

DIY dollar store cake stand - make this cake plate for just $2! #diy #partyideas #crafts

You could make several plates with little more effort than just making the one, which is fantastic. You could make them in various heights by using different candlesticks, and you could stack them up as “double decker” stands, too. Just one word of caution: be sure to put something in between your food and the spray painted surface. Cupcakes in wrappers would be fine, but you wouldn’t want to put “unwrapped” food right on the stand. A cut out circle of wax paper would be an easy way to make the stand food-safe.

Check out the VixenMade blog for more on this project. And thanks so much to Victoria of VixenMade for sharing! (Now I’m thinking… what else can I get at the dollar store and make over with spray paint?) : )


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  1. 1
    Friday, July 27th, 2012 at 4:29 pm
    Victoria says:
    Thanks SO much for featuring this!! I'm still so flattered!
    • 1.1
      Monday, July 30th, 2012 at 9:00 pm
      Heather says:
      You're so sweet Victoria! It's an honor to feature your ideas, you're SO creative! : )
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    Friday, July 27th, 2012 at 10:10 pm
    Amy Silva says:
    Oh My Gosh!!!! What a fantastic idea!!!! I am totally going to do this as it would be such a great (and economical) way to display my diaper cakes at shows, parties, etc! Thanks so much for sharing :o)
    • 2.1
      Friday, July 27th, 2012 at 10:12 pm
      Amy Silva says:
      Check me out at !!!
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    Saturday, July 28th, 2012 at 7:14 am
    Bellenza Bistro says:
    So clever! And this allows you to have LOTS of pretty cake stands at a fraction of the store price!
    • 3.1
      Monday, July 30th, 2012 at 9:02 pm
      Heather says:
      YES! : ) We totally think alike - I'm picturing them made in multiples, too! It would be so fabulous. You could even paint them all different colors for an ombre effect (for example: white, light pink, medium pink, and dark pink). Or rainbow colors!
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    Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 at 10:36 am
    katie says:
    wow, this is fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • 4.1
      Thursday, November 1st, 2012 at 7:48 pm
      Heather says:
      Agreed! It's amazing what you can find at the dollar store sometimes, isn't it?!
  5. 5
    Friday, November 16th, 2012 at 1:22 pm
    Michelle Davis says:
    Just spray paint food safe?
    • 5.1
      Friday, November 16th, 2012 at 7:02 pm
      Heather says:
      Hi Michelle! It is not - that's why I added the disclaimer "Just one word of caution: be sure to put something in between your food and the spray painted surface." Better safe than sorry, for sure!
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    Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 at 6:59 pm
    Heather says:
    You could take it one step further and spray the inside and when needed for like nuts or candies, flip and use and put a flower or something in the candle holder. Great idea otherwise! I'm going to make this!
    • 6.1
      Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 at 7:55 pm
      Heather says:
      That's a great idea! A good way to get even more use out of it : )
  7. 7
    Friday, May 10th, 2013 at 10:01 am
    Tracy Lynn says:
    I have been looking for an inexpensive cake stand to keep at work. and wow... this is an awesome idea!!!And I love my dollar store! lol
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    Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 at 11:33 pm
    Maria says:
    What a great idea! Thank you for sharing!
    • 8.1
      Thursday, June 20th, 2013 at 12:50 pm
      Heather says:
      Hi Maria!

      I'm so glad you like it! Thank you for reading! : )
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    Sunday, June 23rd, 2013 at 12:24 am
    Andrea O. says:
    Love this idea! but would the candlestick hold the weight of a 2 tier cake??
    • 9.1
      Sunday, June 23rd, 2013 at 11:42 am
      Heather says:
      Hi Andrea!

      If you need to compensate for a heavier cake try a thicker candlestick with a wider base. That may give you the support you need. I'd think the biggest issue with a two tier cake would be balance so the wider base is really important! : )
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    Friday, July 12th, 2013 at 4:26 pm
    Natasha says:
    I can't find those pans at any of the dollar stores in my area. Where did you find yours?
    • 10.1
      Saturday, July 13th, 2013 at 10:51 am
      Heather says:
      Hi Natasha! I'm not sure which dollar store Victoria used to find that specific tart pan but any tart pan of a similar size should work! : )
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    Thursday, August 29th, 2013 at 2:43 am
    Mema says:
    I also like to take my cake plate and turn it upside down and use it to place small appetizers or cupcakes and place small flower or candies or food picks in the candle area. Wish I had seen this before I spent money on a "martha vineyard" cake plate that this one is almost a duplicate of. Love your website.
    • 11.1
      Thursday, August 29th, 2013 at 9:51 am
      Heather says:
      Hi Mema! Those are good ideas! Thanks for sharing them! : )
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    Friday, May 9th, 2014 at 2:14 pm
    Roxanne says:
    This is great. Gonna make for our church bake sale display. And to sell at our church Christmas Bazaar.
    • 12.1
      Monday, May 12th, 2014 at 12:40 pm
      Heather says:
      Hi Roxanne! These should work perfectly for both occasions. Let me know how it goes! : )
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    Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 at 12:12 am
    Bettye Wingate says:
    How did you get the paint to stick to the glass candle stick?
    • 13.1
      Thursday, January 8th, 2015 at 2:45 pm
      Heather says:
      Hi Bettye! Victoria used spray paint on both the candle stick and the tart pan. : )
  14. 14
    Saturday, August 8th, 2015 at 4:38 pm
    kipa says:
    You used finnish design candlestick :D
  15. 15
    Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015 at 1:29 pm
    Rachel says:
    Love this! We are ordering several different cakes for my parents 50th wedding anniversary and have been looking for an inexpensive way to display them. Thank you!
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    Monday, March 7th, 2016 at 6:31 pm
    MamaClark says:
    I've tried this with another brand of glue with less than awesome results :-( I'm excited to have another option! But, how can I make it food safe?
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    Thursday, July 21st, 2016 at 4:56 pm
    Patricia byrd says:
    Very goog idea..
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    Monday, August 1st, 2016 at 12:00 am
    Gina Duran says:
    I've seen this idea before but the issue I've run into is all the tart pans I'm finding are not solid but have the removable bottom. Anyone know where we can buy solid pans?

    Great idea though!
    • 18.1
      Monday, August 1st, 2016 at 8:55 am
      Heather says:
      Hi Gina! Sorry, I don't know.
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    Saturday, August 27th, 2016 at 7:19 pm
    Cindi O'Shea says:
    Such creative ideas
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    Monday, November 7th, 2016 at 3:59 pm
    honorbradshaw says:
    you could also use those pretty doilies from the dollar store to put on the cake stand. which I love by the waycan't wait to try it. the doilies come in various sizes and colors .
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    Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 at 6:58 pm
    Kathy cortez says:
    I love this ideal what dollar has the ans
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    Saturday, May 5th, 2018 at 4:34 pm
    Paula says:
    I'm going to do this for my wedding, I already have the crystal plates.
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    Sunday, March 3rd, 2019 at 11:10 am
    Dorothy says:
    I need more inexpensive idea for craft show