A beautiful cake stand can add so much to your tabletop decor, but this DIY tree pedestal really takes the cake! Perfect for a woodland wedding or any event with rustic charm, this unique and memorable piece will be icing beneath any cake. I first spotted the project on art maker Laurie Cinotto’s site, which led me to these step-by-step instructions from the gorgeous wedding blog oncewed.com.
A Cross-Cut Wood Plaque (round or oval) available in crafts stores or at Hotcraft.com (Under $5).
A Cross-Section of a Tree Limb (Make sure the top and bottom are parallel) Check locally first, but if you can’t find anywhere, try Save-on-crafts.com.
Titebond Ultimate Wood Glue (or a similar extra strong wood glue)
A Large Wood Clamp
- Take your tree limb section and wipe the cut surface clean. Put a generous amount of extra strong wood glue on the surface. (see figure 1)
- Place the limb section in the center of the back side your wood plaque and press down firmly. Wipe away any excess glue with a clean, damp cloth. (see figure 2)
- Place the two joined pieces in a wood clamp and let dry for at least one hour. If you don’t have a wood clamp, you can stack a few heavy books on top of your pedestal until it’s dry. (see figure 3)
- Use your pedestals to display cakes and desserts (see figure 4) or use as a base for a centerpiece. If you want to place food directly on the wood surface, coat it first with a food-safe wood sealer. If you would like to keep the wood it’s natural color, place a piece of parchment paper beneath your cake or dessert.
If you love it, but aren’t much for crafts, I found these two for sale on Etsy for $40-$49.
Seeing this cake stand reminded me of this beautiful woodland wedding I saw featured in ReadyMade magazine a couple years ago. I really wanted to show you guys pictures from this wedding (it was that amazing) so I hunted down the article at my library. I hope it inspires some ideas. I just love it. I love this couple, love the s’mores bar, love the twig utensils, love the flower in the bride’s hair. Aren’t they the cutest thing ever? I’m not at all a country girl, but this makes me want a country wedding.
Photos by Jessamyn Harris (sorry for the less-than-stellar scans)
One really adorable detail I need to share from the magazine… “Campy Favors: The couple treated their guests to custom-embroidered Cub-Scout-inspired patches…” Available at americanpatch.com I guess the groom had a thing for badges.
The one thing I would add are these Martha Stewart Star-topped s’mores sticks, instead of a star though, I’d use heart. Too cute for words!
Until next time,