Serve Dessert in Style With DIY Terra-Cotta Cake Stands

Take your cakes from drab to fab with these stylish and chic terra-cotta cake stands.

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Learn how to make a rustic cake stand from inexpensive terra-cotta pots.

Turn basic flower pots and saucers into gorgeous dessert stands with this quick and easy tutorial. With personalized stamped sayings and a trendy distressed look, your party guests can have their cake and Instagram it too! 

Materials Needed

  • 12" saucer
  • ruler
  • 4" pot
  • super glue
  • pink chalk paint
  • gray chalk paint
  • white paint
  • water
  • paint brush
  • painter's tape
  • gold liquid gilding
  • sanding block
  • alphabet stamps
  • ink pad
  • food-safe wax
  • cloth

Build

Start by measuring and marking the center of the 12-inch saucer. Next, attach the 4-inch pot to the center mark with super glue. Let it dry overnight. 

Paint

Paint the pot with pink chalk paint and let dry. Flip the whole thing over, and paint the saucer with gray chalk paint. Mix two thirds white paint and one third water, and paint the saucer again. Cover the rim of the saucer with painter's tape to coat the outer edge in gold liquid gilding. Remove the tape once completely dry. 

Decorate and Finish

Lightly distress the top with sandpaper until the gray paint and terra-cotta peek through. Next, add a cute saying with the alphabet stamps and ink pad. Use a cloth to buff on food safe wax over both the saucer and the pot. Follow by immediately buffing off the wax, and your new dessert tray is ready to serve. 

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