Rustic Wooden Cake Stand DIY Project

July 30, 2009 | editorial team

While visiting the lovely wedding blog Once Wed the other day (Hi Emily!) I ran across this sweet DIY project for a rustic wedding cake stand created by the uber-talented Laurie Cinotto of LaLaLaurie. Each stand is simply made from slices of tree trunks and branches and just couldn’t be a more charming addition to a whimsical, rustic themed wedding! Visit Once Wed for the full set of DIY instructions, and check out the inspiration boards below for beautiful wedding looks that these cake stands could fit right into.

DIY rustic wedding cake stand project from OnceWed.com

What Youll Need
A Cross-Cut Wood Plaque (round or oval)
A Cross-Section of a Tree Limb (Make sure the top and bottom are parallel)
Titebond Ultimate Wood Glue (or a similar extra strong wood glue)
A Large Wood Clamp 

Cross-cut wood plaques can be found in your local craft store or online at Hofcraft. They come in a variety of sizes ranging from 5 inches to 12 inches in diameter. They are usually found in the section with the wood-burning kits and other wood crafts. They are clean, sanded and ready to use.

DIY rustic wedding cake stand project from OnceWed.com


This navy and cream colored fall wedding inspiration board was created for Junebug reader Sara, to help her come up with ideas for her rustic and elegant wedding taking place in a converted equestrian barn. I love the idea of adding in the organic tree cake stands to showcase the food that is so important to this couple, and to delicately contrast with all the sparkling glass and chandelier filled decor.

Navy and cream wedding color palette, rustic and elegant fall wedding inspiration board

Top row: Sara’s elegant strapless ivory satin and french lace overlay dress by Monique Lhuillier, Navy blue and white wedding cake by The Cake Girls, Cheese plate image by Matt Armendariz.

Second row: Vintage crystal chandeliers over a long wooden dinner table makes the all important 3 course dinner the focus of the celebration. Image by Thayer Allyson Gowdy via Oh How Charming, from the wedding of the lovely Elizabeth Messina.

Third row: Navy blue bridesmaid’s dresses and navy blue flower headband from JCrew.com, Vintage locket necklace from Vintage Rehab on Etsy.com, and fabulous orange Enzo Angiolini peep toe pumps for a splash of fall color.

Fourth row: Fall fruits are gorgeous as decor and combine beautifully with flowers, as in this flower, feather and fruit bridal bouquet by Hollyflora, and this centerpiece by Garden Party Flowers, photographed by Stephanie Cristalli.

Fifth and Sixth rows: Local, seasonal foods and wines are as beautiful to look at as they are to eat, so use them in your decor! Sara and her fiance have recently started making jam, so they will give away mini jars of their home made goodness as wedding favors. All images by the genius Matt Armendariz of MattBites.com.

Bottom row: Sara has begun collecting vintage blue ball jars to use as votive candle holders and to match her blue color palette and food theme. You can find these lovely blue jars all over the internet as well as at thrift stores and estate sales. Here, here, here and here are a few resources I found, as well as this cool DIY project from the Bridal Buzz Blog to easily make your own! So cool! Photos by Ali Harper on Etsy.com and MarthaStewart.com.


And the wooden cake stands would also look amazing alongside the elements in this board inspired by the Real Wedding of Lisa and Brent and their muted wedding color palette of pale blue, khaki and pink.

Rustic wedding inspiration board and pale blue, khaki and pink wedding color palette

Top row: Dress by Lela Rose, Downtown Seattle wedding venue Sodo Park by Herban Feast

Second row: Floral Whimsy invitation suite by Ephemera Custom Letterpress

Third row: Bambu disposable veneer ware from PlumParty.com, slate cheese board set from VivaTerra.com

Fourth row: Twig Organic cake stand from NeimanMarcus.com, white bouquet of spray and tea roses, lisianthius buds and flowers, ranunculus and velvet-stemmed tweedia from MarthaStewart.com

Fifth row: See by Chloé silk v-neck mini dress from Net-a-Porter.com, Babette jeweled feather peep-toe heels from JCrew.com, Queen Anne’s Lace silk lined clutch by La Vita Lola on Etsy.com

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  1. Love those feather peep-toes!

  2. This has long been a favorite project of ours. So charming.

  3. i am lovin that cake stand!

  4. I work at Hofcraft, we sell the country rounds for the cake stand, I just want to say Thanks for sending people our way. The response to this project has been great, and people seem to love the idea!

  5. Thanks for the mention of our tutorial! :)

  6. I saw this on ETSY too. Only with a heart carved onto the side. If you don’t own a chain saw to cut your own tree this might be a good & safe option. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32219163#

  7. Wow…creative… I like it. My wife finished culinary school a couple years ago and does the occasional wedding cake. Is there anywhere that sells these things?

  8. I sell these on etsy :)

  9. Thanks for the tutorial! :) I prefer it. My spouse finished culinary school a few years ago and does an occasional call wedding cake. Is there anywhere that sells this stuff?

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