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{DIY cake stand}

When I found this tart pan (for 50 cents) during our last visit to the flea market, I was instantly reminded by Victorias great tutorial on Vixen Made and it inspired me to make my own cake stand. My mom loved the idea and we got to work right after we carried home our loot. ;)

My mom had found a pair of candle holders during a previous visit to the flea market, and had already used chalk paint to whiten them for a project.
They were perfect, with just one little flaw: They were too tall. So, we didn't think about it long, but grabbed a saw and got to work!

What you'll need:

  • old tart pan
  • candle holder
  • hot glue gun

How to:

  1. Use the hot glue gun to attach the candle stick to the tart pan.
  2. Done! ;)

If your candle stick is too tall and is made of wood, like the one we used, you will also need a saw to cut that thing in two.
Pretty easy and straight forward. But with a nice result, I think! ;)


I'm partying here! ♥

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82 Comments

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    Peggy
    Tuesday July 10th, 2012 at 03:38 PM

    Oh Vanessa, this is by far my favorite cake stand out of all the ones I’ve seen in the past few years!! And I am always seeing these tart pans. Trust me I am in love with them because I can remember when we bought ours while living in Germany as a child! I’ve not been back since 1978 but look forward to the day when I can go back. We are hoping and praying that that day will come much sooner then originally expected. :)

    Once again great cake stand!!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday July 11th, 2012 at 08:54 PM

      Thank you so much, Peggy! I’m so happy to hear you like the cake stand! :)
      You will definitely have to let me know once you make it over here again and if you’ll be in the northern part, I’ll show you around in my hometown! ;)
      I hope you’re having a wonderful week!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Doreen
    Tuesday July 10th, 2012 at 05:10 PM

    Very cute! I just found several old tart pans at a local flea market and can’t wait to put the to good use by creating a cake plate also! Thanks for sharing!

    altered-artworks..blogspot.com

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday July 11th, 2012 at 08:55 PM

      Doreen, I’m so happy to inspire you to make your own cake stand! :)
      It’s one of the easiest crafts I’ve ever done.
      Thank you for your sweet comment!
      xo! Vanessa

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    northern cottage
    Tuesday July 10th, 2012 at 05:18 PM

    i JUST made some similar versions – I’m ADORING yours! and that you cut down the pillar to make it work for you – so smart!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday July 11th, 2012 at 08:58 PM

      Thanks a bunch for your sweet words! I can’t wait to see your version of the cake stand! :)
      I hope you’re having a fun week!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Laurel Stephens
    Tuesday July 10th, 2012 at 06:47 PM

    Great idea to use a tart pan. I love the look of the fluted edges. Very pretty!

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    Sasibella
    Tuesday July 10th, 2012 at 08:25 PM

    Als ich das erste Bild in meiner Leseliste sah,dachte ich noch “Das Foto kennst du doch, das hat Amy doch gemacht” Meinen ersten Gedanken schildere ich hier mal nicht.*g* Beim lesen des Textes wurde mir dann aber alles klar. Mutter-Tochter soso. Wieder was gelernt. Jedenfalls habt ihr zwei da ein ganz zauberhaftes Teilchen gewerkelt!
    LG
    Sandy

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday July 11th, 2012 at 09:03 PM

      Oha! Ich kann mir vorstellen, was Du anfangs gedacht hast.. Wie gut, dass Du weiter gelesen und mich nicht gleich aus Deiner Leseliste verbannt hast. ;)
      Ich danke Dir für Deine lieben Zeilen und hoffe, dass ich Dich nicht vergrault habe mit diesem “Doppelpost”. Manchmal macht das Basteln mit der Mama eben noch viel mehr spaß als allein und die Posts gleichen sich.. ;)
      Liebe Grüße!
      Vanessa

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    Nana Diana
    Tuesday July 10th, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    I love it, Vanessa. You know that candleholder that your Mom had? In the 90’s I had the chandelier that matched it and the sconces -all in a guest bedroom. It was really expensive at the time….so I bet you Mom got a great deall buying it 2nd hand- xo Diana

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday July 11th, 2012 at 09:11 PM

      Wow! What a coincidence that you had the very same candle holders thousands of miles away! ;)
      Thank you so much for your sweet words, Diana!
      I hope you’re having a wonderful day!
      Hugs! Vanessa

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    Carrie
    Wednesday July 11th, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    What a great cake stand! Thanks for sharing!
    Blessings!
    Carrie

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    Seaweed & Raine
    Wednesday July 11th, 2012 at 09:31 AM

    Nice find! :) Now if you will just share your recipe for what was on top… lol!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday July 11th, 2012 at 09:15 PM

      Oh, I’m gonna have to ask my mom about the recipe. I actually tried the the little chocolate cakes the day we took those pictures, but didn’t like them to be honest. Ooops. They had olive oil and rosemary in them and I just couldn’t get over the feeling that they should be salty and not sweet, hehe. But I can definitely ask for the recipe if you’re interested. ;)
      XO! Vanessa

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    Katie
    Wednesday July 11th, 2012 at 01:36 PM

    This is super cute. I love how unique this cake stand is opposed to all the other ones I see out in blog land!

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    The Style Sisters
    Wednesday July 11th, 2012 at 04:37 PM

    Wow!! Love this idea!,! Thisnreallylooks so cool with the candlestick all painted white! Great job! Come link up to centerpiece Wednesday and share this idea!
    Karin

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    Jennifer Dawn
    Wednesday July 11th, 2012 at 06:07 PM

    Beautiful! I am hosting a brand new link party today. I would love for you to stop by and link this up. :) http://thelifeofjenniferdawn.blogspot.com/2012/07/little-bird-told-me-link-party-1.html

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    Emily
    Wednesday July 11th, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    That is super cute! Great job! I’ll have to look into white chalk paint for some future crafts, it looks really nice!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Thursday July 12th, 2012 at 08:54 PM

      Oh, I LOVE working with chalk paint!! You should definitely give it a try! :)
      Thank you for your sweet comment, Emily!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Jessi
    Thursday July 12th, 2012 at 06:23 PM

    I love it, very cute! It took me a minute to figure out that was a tart pan. I was looking at the first picture before reading the post and thinking “Giant bottle cap?” :-) Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Thursday July 12th, 2012 at 08:58 PM

      Haha! It does look a little bit like a giant bottle cap, now that you say it! :)
      Thank you so much for your sweet comments, Jessi!
      I hope you’re having a fun week!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Cynthia
    Thursday July 12th, 2012 at 07:02 PM

    Very cute idea I like this very much. I saw you at Glimpse Inside.

    Cynthia

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    Kathryn Griffin
    Thursday July 12th, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Wow! This is absolutely beautiful!! Visiting from 36th Ave. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/07/make-it-pretty-monday-week-5.html Wishing you a grand week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedictedHouse

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    Diane | An Extraordinary Day
    Friday July 13th, 2012 at 05:24 AM

    Wow! What a fun cake stand. I love the idea of using the tart pan and it looks fabulous!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Sparkle and CO
    Friday July 13th, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    Great!!! In France, it’s difficult to find some and they are very expensive! Thanks for sharing

    http://sparkleandco.blogspot.com I’m a new follower ( mail)

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    Paula Parrish
    Saturday July 14th, 2012 at 02:04 PM

    Hello Vanessa,
    Love your new cake. Nice work. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.
    Smiles, Paula

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    Emily @ ItBakesMeHappy
    Saturday July 14th, 2012 at 05:41 PM

    What a great idea! I need one of these :)

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    Cheri
    Saturday July 14th, 2012 at 08:12 PM

    Vanessa I am featuring you on Decor2Adoreable on July 18th.

    Cheri

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    The Prairie Hen
    Sunday July 15th, 2012 at 06:16 AM

    Dear vanessa,
    This is a great idea… and here i just passed up some great tart pans today for super cheap. Hmmmm, now how to get my hubby to let me run in the thrift shop AGAIN this week… ;)

    Love,
    Plotting in NE

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Monday July 16th, 2012 at 02:22 PM

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! :)
      I think you have a good and valid reason to head back to the thrift store. I’m sure your hubby will understand, hehe.
      Let me know how the project turned out!
      Have a fabulous week!
      XO from Germany!
      Vanessa

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    Tanya
    Sunday July 15th, 2012 at 07:42 AM

    What an awesome idea, I love the tart pan’s fluted edges, so perfect!
    Tanya :)

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    The Style Sisters
    Sunday July 15th, 2012 at 07:51 AM

    I have highlighted your cake plate on my blog for Centerpiece Wednesday and linked back to you :) Hope you will plan to linkup again this week. You have great ideas!
    Karin

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Monday July 16th, 2012 at 04:02 PM

      Whoops. That was in reply to the wrong comment. So, here it goes again, hehe.
      Yay! Thank you SO much, Karin, for featuring my cake stand!
      I will hope on over right now and grab a button. :D
      xo! Vanessa

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    Jodi
    Sunday July 15th, 2012 at 04:56 PM

    OK – I love this idea. I just made my own cake stand too,, and I think I’m addicted. I would have never thought of using a tart pan, but I love that idea. This one is perfect. .I love the mix of elements with the metal and opposing stand part. Fabulous work!

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    Alison @ AM Quilts
    Sunday July 15th, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Stopping by from T&J weekend wrap up party…

    I love the look of your cupcake stand and how simple it’d be to make one. The edge of the tart pan reminds me of skirt pleats. :) All right, now I’ve got to keep an eye out for a tart pan!

    Alison

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Monday July 16th, 2012 at 04:29 PM

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment love, Alison! :)
      I hope you’ll find a pretty tart pan soon, so you can make your own cake stand.
      Have a wonderful week!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Maria
    Monday July 16th, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    What a great idea!!!! I love it! Looks very cute!

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    Diane @ home sweet homemade
    Monday July 16th, 2012 at 01:04 AM

    so clever! that’s just the cutest footed dessert tray ever! I am so going to copy this (if I ever find a cute base and a ruffled tart pan)! Totally adorable and your little chocolage goodies look yummee :)

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Monday July 16th, 2012 at 04:32 PM

      Oh, Diane! Thank you so much for your sweet comment! :)
      I hope you’ll find a cute base and tart pan soon to make your own easy cake stand!
      Have a wonderful week!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Kathryn Griffin
    Monday July 16th, 2012 at 03:23 AM

    Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    Christine
    Monday July 16th, 2012 at 01:01 PM

    Oh Vanessa!! That turned out BEAUTIFUL!!!! Very classy and original!!! Truly a beautiful piece!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!

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    Amanda
    Monday July 16th, 2012 at 06:52 PM

    This is just lovely! Thank you for the inspiration!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,
    Amanda

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    Natural-Nesters
    Tuesday July 17th, 2012 at 03:50 PM

    We are loving this DIY Cakestand! I love these things so much because they are so easy to make and versatile…you can use them for food, at parties, or even just to decorate or display cute things!! I just pinned this!!

    And we featured it! Stop by and check it out and grab a featured button!

    http://natural-nester.blogspot.com/2012/07/naturally-nifty-23.html

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    Tuesday July 17th, 2012 at 10:52 PM

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    Erika @ Homesteadsimple.com
    Wednesday July 18th, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    Thank you for linking up to Home is Where the Heart is! We wanted to stop by and let you know you’ve been featured! :) Please come link up again!

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    Shannah @ Just Us Four
    Wednesday July 18th, 2012 at 02:41 PM

    Gorgeous! Can I have some of the chocolate dessert too?
    Stopping by to let you know that you will be featured tomorrow over at Just Us Four! I hope you will stop by and check it out.

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday July 18th, 2012 at 06:16 PM

      Thank you so much, Shannah! :D
      I can’t wait to see and grab a button!!
      Have a wonderful day!
      XO! Vanessa

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    Jody
    Thursday July 19th, 2012 at 03:25 AM

    Thanks for sharing this cute idea for a cake stand on Simple & Sweet Fridays. So darling!

    Jody

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Friday July 20th, 2012 at 09:25 PM

      Thank you for your sweet comment love on my link ups, Jody! And thank you so much again for the feature!! :)
      xo! Vanessa

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    Cathy@My1929Charmer
    Thursday July 19th, 2012 at 04:49 AM

    I love it, so cool, never would of thought of the tart pan as the top, but really has so much style. Gosh you and you Mom are just too creative for me – ugh – in a good way! So glad you shared your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best!

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    Jody
    Thursday July 19th, 2012 at 05:17 PM

    Vanessa, Congrats! You were featured on Simple & Sweet Fridays for this gorgeous cake stand. Don’t forget to grab a button and have a wonderful week!

    Jody

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    Jill
    Friday July 20th, 2012 at 02:25 AM

    Looks great Vanessa! as do the cakes! :)

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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    Friday July 20th, 2012 at 03:28 PM

    This is adorable! It is the winner of Pin It and Win It this week— featured on my blog today! Thanks for linking up!! xoxo

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    Meg
    Saturday July 21st, 2012 at 06:28 PM

    What a cute look! I love the top, unique and beautiful. Great re-do!

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    Sunday July 22nd, 2012 at 04:11 PM

    This looks gorgeous! Love the candle holder and the upside down pie plate.. so clever! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!
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    Tuesday July 24th, 2012 at 06:38 AM

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