I really wanted dramatic cake stands that:
a. didn’t break the bank
b. looked fantastic
I needed 5 and set my budget at under $60 for the whole bunch – virtually impossible, right?
We purchased 5 wooden discs – 1-12″ and 4-10″ – from our local home improvement store. Each cost about $5.
Then we found fence post caps – to serve as the bases. Each cost about $1.20
For the rise, we chose 12″ high carved decorative fence posts – they looked like miniature stair spindles – each costing about $.97.
We grabbed some 1 1/2 inch screws and just screwed the disc to one end of the spindle and screwed the fence post cap to the other end. Once this 5 minute task was completed, we hauled them outside and spray painted them our desired color (ivory).
2 coats later, they were done!
Since we were planning to place food (cake & cupcakes) onto the discs, and they’d been spray painted, I trimmed out some discs of paper to match the card box and guest book.
The final product took under an hour to make, and cost about $42 to make them all (the spray paint added about $6 in cost).
Oh, don’t mind the stupid carrots on our cake, our ridiculous caterer (Miel y Leche) decided to “surprise” us with them. Ugh. at least the cake was delicious.
Want more info/tutorial photos? Comment with interest. I’d be happy to recreate and photograph the process.