DIY: Dollar Store Wicker or Glass Cake Stand

Do you want to serve dessert at a BBQ or outdoor dinner party in a stylish way, but don’t want to fuss?  You can easily elevate any dessert using two items you may already own to make a wicker cake stand.

Raising the height of the platters and serving dishes on a buffet table will always make them feel a bit more special. I have made a stand to hold donuts, a small stand for a slice of cake, and always follow my checklist to help celebrate the occasion, holiday or the arrival of the outdoor entertaining season. (See my At-the-Ready Party Tips).

I bought a Strawberry Shortcake to serve for dessert for a recent gathering When I set the cake on a plate, it looked like a mediocre store bought cake – it didn’t look festive enough for the occasion. It needed to be higher on the buffet table, but I didn’t want to bring my favorite white ceramic cake stand outside for fear the wind or someone, most likely me would accidentally knock it over.

I love all the cake stands that I have seen on Pinterest that are made with pretty china plates and stemware,  but I wanted something that said “Summer”.

I got an idea, but to implement it, I had to head to the dollar store to buy a few items.

This-wicker-style-cake-stand-is-perfect-for-summer-and-outdoor-entertainingHow to Make a Wicker Cake Stand Using Items From the Dollar Store

With a little bit of white chalk paint and hot glue I made an outdoor summer cake stand using a glass candlestick holder and a wicker paper plate holder.  I also made the small all-glass stand in the background of the above photo using dollar store items.


To add even more height to the cake, I placed the poles on small American flags into striped paper straws and pushed 4 of them into the top of the cake.  This made each flag about 3-inches taller and the plain pole decorative.

Cake-Topper-Ideas for Patriot Holidays

With a few tweaks the cake looked quite festive and fitting for the patriotic holiday dinner party. I added some festive paper plates to make the table even more vibrant.

How-to-make-Dollar-Store-Cake stand

I painted the glass candlestick holder with white chalk paint. I let it dry and then used a piece of sandpaper to distress the edges.

How to Make a Wicker Cake Stand

How to make a glass or wicker cake stand

Hot glue will work for the wicker and painted glass candlestick holder stand.

1. Lay a paper plate or wicker plate holder upside down on a flat surface.  Run a line of glue or around the top edge of the glass candlestick holder and turn it upside down. Center it over the paper plate/wicker holder and press it to the back of the plate to adhere.

2. I made a few – the wicker plate holder stand, another with a square paper plate and a third made of all glass. (see below)

How to Make a Small All-Glass Cake Stand

Glass Cake Stand tutorial

supplies needed:

  • Glass candlestick
  • Round glass cutting board
  • Craft knife
  • Glass glue – many kinds sold at the crafts store. I like  E-6000 or Aleene’s Platinum Bond 7800
  • For temporary hold – use hot glue

2. Remove the clear rubber feet on the underside of the glass cutting board by prying them off with a knife.

3.  Run a line of  glue on the top edge of the candlestick and attach and center it on the underside of the cutting board.  Let dry.

Entertaining ideas using napkins

I lined the stand with a doily, but thought for future use, I could cut up colorful and patterned paper napkins in a doily shape to create unique liners for different occasions.


I bought the blue napkins and red and white striped straws at HomeGoods.  Everything else is from The Dollar Tree.

How to make a glass cake stand

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  3. Sandra Smith says:

    Thanks very much for this DIY! I noted the instructions and will make the wicker and glass versions. Appreciate the inspiration! Sandra

  4. Cake Stands says:

    Cute project……! I think you have a great blog, I have seen versions of this idea many times, but LOVE this for outdoor parties! So cute. You could always spray paint the whole thing in a theme color of you are having a party. Nicely done!

  5. Great idea to use a glass cutting board for the top piece!!

  6. Cheryl B. says:

    Whew! Woman don’t you every sleep? These will all be great for the 4th too! I’m a pretty paper person and always looking for more uses. Thanks once again for ALL the inspiration.

  7. Sheryll & Critters. says:

    I hate to miss anything from you, because it is always something fantastic. And here is the proof once again. I know how you have done the candlesticks in the past, but holy moly, you and your straws to cover the flagpoles put this way over the top! And the blue doily, cut with scallops…. I would have felt creative just cutting them round.

    I will be working on this for my little patio for the Fourth. Thank you so much for all the clever diy tutorials.

  8. Barbara Q says:

    I am continually impressed with your clever and thrifty ideas, and enjoy reading your blog. I happen to live in a nearby neighborhood (and frequent the same Home Goods) but was wondering which dollar store you usually go to. Maybe I just lack imagination, but I don’t seem to be able to come up with any bright ideas or dollar store supplies to create them. Thanks, Diane, for continuing to inspire me.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Barbara –

      I go to The Dollar Tree at the Lansdale Pavilion on Broad Street or the one on Rt 63( Welsh Rd) where the Redner’s Market, 2nd Avenue, and JoAnn’s Fabrics are. I also like the independent dollar store in Souderton. It is in the shopping center where Staples is. I forget the name, but I do find good stuff in there every now and then.

      1. Barbara Q says:

        Thanks! I’ll try them out and keep reading your blog for ideas!

  9. Linda A. Young says:

    Great ideas, making these cake stands! You are very clever and I enjoy your blog and all the inspiration! The flags look pretty and festive, with the striped straws, atop the cake! What fun!

  10. Diane,
    You continue to amaze me with your insight into even the smallest of details. Can I live in your brain for a day? It would be fun to try! Also, thanks for responding to my question about the lampshade frames. I appreciate very much your willingness to help. Have a great summer!

  11. Diane – Thanks for the great ideas. Totally love these and will be stopping by the dollar store soon! I enjoy reading your blog.

  12. Diane, you are so amazing. I wish I lived closer. I believe you are an evil genius, born to turn dollar store trinkets into gorgeous, valuable treasure!

  13. I looked at the candle plates at Christmas time and considered doing this, but did not realize how easy it would be to remove the feet from them. Great idea!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Mary – There was a candle plate where the feet were part of the mold, making the glass and feet all one piece. The glass cutting board a few aisles over – had the easy to remove rubber feet -they pop right off.

  14. Heather M says:

    So cool and picnicky. I need one of the glass ones. Can’t wait to try it for myself.