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DIY Cardboard Cake Stand



My little one’s Birthday is right around the corner.  Instead of doing a party this year, we are just doing some small family gatherings since not everyone will be visiting at the same time.  Since we aren’t doing a party I at least wanted to make her cake feel extra special.  And an extra special cake starts with an extra special cake stand!  I didn’t see any cake stands in the store that I have been super in love with lately and she also hasn’t been a very patient shopper lately so I decided to make one.  This template is really fun because I left it very basic so you can customize it any way you please.  The materials are all things you have laying around the house (I do most of my projects during her nap time, so I can’t really run out to get anything) and it doesn’t take very long to complete.

I plan on using this with an 8″ round cake, so the finished cake stand is 10″ in diameter to allow for frosting and frills.


  • Printed Template:  10 Inch Cardboard Cake Stand
  • Cardboard or Foam Board.  I used an Amazon box, of which there are a million in my garage.
  • Hot Glue or any type of glue (I prefer hot glue because I’m impatient and don’t like waiting for things to dry)
  • Scissors
  • Decorations!  I used contact paper, but ribbon, paint, washi tape, printed paper, etc.


  1. Download and print the template.  It is meant to be printed on letter paper – no scaling.  It’s a total of 5 pages, but the 1st page is just basic instructions.  Cut out template – 2 pieces for the base and 2 pieces for the top.  Tape the top pieces together to create the 10″ round circle.
  2. Trace pieces onto cardboard.  Make things easier for yourself, align straight edges for already straight edges of the box.  I would cut interior slits with an Exacto knife.  Be aware of where you trace your pieces, if you don’t plan to decorate your stand then avoid writing or printing already on the box.  The box I used was not large enough to get a 10″ circle without going over a crease, so I cut out 2, then glued them together with the creases perpendicular to one another for added strength.
  3. Insert the bottom pieces into each other to form the base.   
  4. Mark the diameter of the circle with light pencil or chalk.  Then mark the perpendicular line across.  You will use this line to apply glue.
  5. Glue base to top along lines.  Allow glue to dry.
  6. Taa Daa!  You are done!  Now it’s time to decorate



I used contact paper for a couple of reasons.  One: It was what I had laying around.  Two: I wanted at least the top to resist the oils in the frosting and cake.  I don’t plan on having the cake displayed very long, but I wanted it to be a little durable.  If you don’t want to use contact paper for the top you could always lay down a circle of waxed paper.  I used the paper templates as templates for my contact paper.  I cut a circle for the top and then 4 bottom pieces (no notch cut out).  Then I stuck them to each of the 4 leg corners.  Contact paper is pretty forgiving, so I was able to align and realign until I got a good fit.  For the scallop I used contact paper, but I left the backing on and used hot glue to secure it to the circle’s edge.


Other good decoration Ideas would be with washi tape or scrapbook paper.  I was really happy with how this turned out and I can’t wait to use it!

Are there any other sizes/styles/shapes you would like to try?  Leave a comment in the comments section below and I can add more templates!  And if you try it, please let me know I’d love to see your creations!

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