How to make a cake stand

Follow Style at Home's step-by-step guide to making your own cake stand

cake stand with cupcakes
(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

Need some inspiration to get into the kitchen? From fancy paper cases and giant cake moulds to pretty display ideas, we can't get enough of the cupcake revolution. Our decorative cake stand is just the thing to display your proudest domestic goddess results - and is easier to make than, dare we say it, a cupcake.

1 hour


What you'll need
* A2 piece of foam board (5mm), £4.59, Ryman
* Marker pen
* Craft knife
* Scissors
* Cutting mat
* 1 sheet each of Nouveau (Pink) and Indian Summer gift wrap, £1.50 per sheet, Oliver Bonas
* Glue stick
* Blue and Red Cross Japanese masking tape, £5.95 for two rolls, Papermash
* Ruler
* Superglue

Once you've mastered the basic construction, try adding fancy scrolls to your base pieces.

Step-by-step guide

cake stand making step 1

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

1) Draw around a dinner and side plate
on the foam board and cut out. Draw around each plate on the pink wrap
and cut out. Then cut the same from the second wrap. Glue onto your foam
circles. From the remaining foam board, cut two rectangles 18cm x 5cm
and two 15cm x 10cm.

cake stand step 2

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

2) Cover the raw edges of the circles with Japanese masking tape, using a fingertip to push the tape flat.

cake stand step 3

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

3) Mark the middle of each long edge of your four base pieces and cut a slit 2.5cm x 0.5cm. Cover with wrapping paper,
using one pattern for each side. Tape the raw edges as before, then
slot together. Superglue the shorter cross to the centre of the bottom
of your larger circle and the taller cross to the centre of the bottom
of the smaller circle. Then glue the taller cross to the centre of the
top of the bigger circle.

Looking for more craft ideas? Why don't you try making our Pretty floral cushion and Pretty hanging heart.

Thea Babington-Stitt
Assistant Editor

Thea Babington-Stitt is the Assistant Editor for Ideal Home. Thea has been working across some of the UK’s leading interiors titles for nearly 10 years. 

She started working on these magazines and websites after graduating from City University London with a Masters in Magazine Journalism. Before moving to Ideal Home, Thea was News and Features Editor at Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc and Country Homes & Interiors.