How to build a tiered cake stand

Afternoon tea on cake stand | How to build a tiered cake stand | Tesco Living

Upcycle mismatched crockery you were about to throw out into an easy DIY cake stand.

You will need

  • Super strong glue
  • Old mismatched crockery – We've used dinner plates, side plates, a teapot, mugs, small bowls and an egg cup
  • Heavy books

Assortment of crockery on a table | How to make a tiered cake stand | Tesco Living

Step 1

Begin with the bottom layer starting with the biggest plate. Apply super glue to the centre of the plate and the base of the teapot and hold in place.

Tip: Measure out the centre of the plate then mark with a pen so you know exactly where to glue the teapot.

Teapot glued to a plate | How to make a tiered cake stand | Tesco Living

Step 2

Add a few heavy books to the top of the teapot to keep it in place, then leave to dry.

Books on top of white teapot | How to make a tiered cake stand | Tesco Living

Step 3

Apply the second tier, using a smaller plate than the base. Position a mug or cup in the centre. Glue both items in place and use the heavy books to keep the crockery in place while drying.


Mug glued to a blue plate | How to make a tiered cake stand | Tesco Living

Step 4

Add another tier, again using a smaller plate to the previous one and a small upturned bowl. Glue together, add the heavy books to keep in place, then leave to dry.

Tip: Candlestick holders, milk jugs and espresso cups are also ideal to use as tier separators, particularly when you get closer to the top of the tiered cake stand.


Small bowl glued onto blue plate | How to make a tiered cake stand | Tesco Living

Step 5

Build up another tier using a smaller plate and an egg cup.

Tip: Choosing tall or narrow tier separators such as egg cups and tall mugs will give you more space on the plates for displaying cakes.


Egg cup glued to a plate | How to make a tiered cake stand | Tesco Living

Step 6

Finish your cake stand with a saucer and a small bowl at the top. It’s perfect for filling with fruit, sweets or cream.

Crockery built into cake stand | How to make a tiered cake stand | Tesco Living

Use the homemade cake stand for displaying finger food at birthday parties, or sweet treats and cucumber sandwiches for a traditional homemade afternoon tea.

A tiered cake stand building up using crockery wiit hcakes added on | How to make a tiered cake stand | Tesco Living

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