5 DIY Dessert Stands to Make With Wooden Blocks

A fast, fun, and easy way to add a theme to your dessert table.

Skill Level

Beginner

Time

1-4 hours

Skill level
Beginner
Time
1-4 hours
Written By

Jodi Levine

Super Make It

Written By

Jodi Levine

Super Make It

DIY dessert stands are a fast, fun, and easy way to incorporate a party’s theme into your dessert without having to do any elaborate cake or cupcake decorating. Simply glue together pre-made wooden craft shapes, and paint. Once you design one, you’ll come up with infinite combinations. Serve cupcakes and other desserts in their wrappers, and cakes on top of wax paper or parchment for a hassle-free cleanup.
 

1. Butterfly Dessert Stand

Wooden butterflies act as a base for this sweet dessert stand.
 
Prop up the wooden circle on a wide tape roll or other item that mimics the desired height of your finished cake stand. It should be tall enough to be lifted off the table but no taller than the smallest butterfly.
 
With their bottoms resting on the table, stand the butterflies up around the perimeter of the circle in an arrangement that you like. Use wood glue to glue them into place. For extra hold while drying, secure the butterflies to the circle with tape. After about 15 minutes, check to see if the glued connections seem secure. Add more glue underneath if needed.
 
After the glue dries completely use a paintbrush to prime the cake stand. Allow the primer to dry completely. Paint in the color of your choice and let dry.
 

2. Dinosaur Dessert Stand

Wooden dinosaurs add prehistoric panache to this cake stand.
 
Use wood glue to glue the wide sides of the two blocks together to create the base of your cake stand. Let dry. Glue the base to the bottom center of the wood circle and allow to dry. Glue two dinosaurs to the the top of the stand towards the edge and glue one dinosaur to the base. Let dry. Use primer to prime the entire cake stand and leave to dry. Paint in the color of your choice.
 

3. Bird Dessert Stand

Decorative wooden shapes and a bit of paint is all you need to assemble this simple yet stunning bird dessert stand.
 
Use wood glue to glue the small circle to the bottom of the candlestick. Glue the top of the candlestick to the bottom center of the larger wood circle. Let dry. Glue the bird to the top outer edge of the large circle. Let dry. If needed, use a toothpick to add more glue around the bird to reinforce the connection. Use a paintbrush and primer to prime the dessert stand. Let dry. Paint in color of choice. Let dry. Done!
 

4. Cityscape Dessert Stand

Create a bustling metropolis for your next dessert table.
 
Use wood glue to glue the block to the bottom center of the wood square. This will be your cake stand. Let dry. Use a paintbrush and primer to prime the cake stand and buildings. Let dry. Paint in colors of your choice. Let dry.
 
Use the utility knife to cut a window-sized rectangle off the eraser to make a stamp for the windows. Dip the stamp in the white ink and stamp windows on the buildings. Leave the cake stand and buildings separate so they can be arranged and rearranged, or glue the buildings to the stand for a permanent look. If you choose to permanently glue the buildings to the stand, be sure to balance them evenly on the top of the stand so it doesn't tip over.
 

5. Castle Cupcake Stand

Cupcakes get the royal treatment with a castle dessert stand.
 
Use wood glue to build the bottom tier by gluing two wide brick-top castle gates to opposite sides beneath the larger square. Allow the edges of the castle gates to extend slightly beyond the edge of the wood square. Use wood glue to glue a set of one double and one single smooth-top gate under each of the two remaining sides. Let dry. Create a base for the top tier by using wood glue to glue two brick-top gate pieces to the top center of the bottom tier. Let dry. Use wood glue to glue the smaller square on top of these. Let dry. Glue the remaining brick-top castle gate to the top of the stand. Let glue dry completely. Use a paintbrush and gesso primer to prime the entire stand. Let dry. Paint in color of your choice. Let dry completely. Done! Time to put those cupcakes on parade.
About the Author
Jodi Levine

Jodi Levine is a lifelong crafter and author of the Super Make It book series and blog. Her books, Candy Aisle Crafts and Paper Goods Projects, are all about crafts made from everyday supermarket materials. After nearly 20 years in the craft publishing world, Jodi now contributes to various websites and magazines, appears occasionally on The Today Show and works with a variety of brands. She lives in NY with her husband and two sons.