This wood DIY cake pop stand is an attractive way to display cake pops for any occasion. It’s easy to make with a few common tools and these simple plans.
DIY Cake Pop Stand
This wood DIY cake pop stand has 3 tiers and the sides feature a subtle curved detail. It’s the perfect way to display cake pops for birthday parties, weddings, baby showers, bridal showers, graduations, Halloween, Christmas, and more.
The stand is easy to make with scrap wood and a few common woodworking tools. The free plan includes all of the measurements, detailed instructions, and a template to lay out the curved details.
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Inspiration for This Project
I’ve been thinking about designing a simple cake pop stand for a while. Inspiration struck when I was making this tiered spice rack. The stepped design of the spice rack would be great for displaying cake pops!
With just a few simple tweaks, the spice rack became this adorable cake pop display. The stand has three tiers and subtle curved details on the sides. It’s an attractive way to display cake pops for any occasion.Back to Table of Contents
How Many Cake Pops Can This Stand Hold?
The plan for this stand will hold 24 cake pops. I know what you’re thinking. “Hey, I only see 21 cake pops!” And you’re right.
As I mentioned, this project was inspired by this tiered spice rack. I kept the same dimensions of the spice rack to make the prototype for the cake pop stand that you see in this tutorial. The length of the shelf only allowed for seven cake pops for a total of 21 pops.
I adjusted the length of the shelves in the printed plan to allow for 8 cake pops per shelf for a total of 24 pops.Back to Table of Contents
What Tools Do You Need to Make a Cake Pop Stand?
This cake pop holder is easy to make for DIYers of any skill level. It’s a simple afternoon project that can be made using basic woodworking skills and just a few common woodworking tools.
Tools like a miter saw, pocket hole jig, and a drill. We’ll also need a saw to cut the curved detail on the sides of the holder.
I used a miter saw to cut all of the parts to length for this project.
Pocket Hole Jig
We can use any pocket hole jig to drill the pocket holes for this project. I used the Kreg Jig 720PRO to drill the pocket holes for my stand. The inexpensive, user-friendly Kreg Jig 320 is also a great choice for drilling pocket holes.
The drill was used to drill the pocket holes, drill the holes for the pop sticks, and to drive the screws that join the parts together.
Right Angle Drill Attachment
It’s also handy to have a right angle drill attachment. The pocket hole locations on this project are tricky to reach with a traditional driver.
A right angle drill attachment is the perfect tool to drill in a tight spot or to drive screws in hard-to-reach places.
Related: How to Screw in Hard-to-Reach Places
I used a scroll saw to cut the curved details on the sides of the stand, but you might be able to make these cuts with a jigsaw instead.Back to Table of Contents
What Wood Should You Use?
This display stand can be made with just about any type of wood. This project doesn’t require much wood so it’s a great way to use up some scrap wood.
Many times I use common pine to build my projects. Pine is relatively inexpensive and easy to work with.
I had some scrap pieces of pine 1×2s, 1×3s, and 1×6s, so I used those to make my stand.
Related: Beginner’s Guide to Wood SizesBack to Table of Contents
How Do You Draw the Curved Detail?
The curves on this holder could be tricky to draw if you had to do it by hand. Fortunately, you don’t have to. The free printable plan includes a template that takes the guesswork out of laying out this curved detail.
Just get the free plan, print the template, trace it on the boards, and then use a saw to make the cuts.Back to Table of Contents
How Do You Finish the Cake Pop Stand?
This DIY cake pop stand could be finished in a variety of ways. It could be left natural, painted, stained, or a combination of paint and stain.
I chose to paint my stand. First, I applied a coat of primer and then painted it with two coats of Behr “Life is a Peach”.Back to Table of Contents
DIY Cake Pop Stand
- Click here to get the FREE plan (includes detailed instructions, measurements, and bonus tips)
Step 1. Make the Sides
Cut 4 pieces of wood to length for the sides. Apply glue and clamp to form 2 side panels.
While the glue is drying, print the template at the end of the printable plan.
💡 TIP: When printing the PDF template, be sure to set the scale to 100%.
I prefer templates to be rigid. So I applied some spray adhesive to a manila folder and placed the template on top. Then I cut out the template with scissors.
The manila folder provides a lip for the pencil to trace around.
I used a scroll saw with this 10 TPI blade (teeth per inch) to cut out these curved details, but you might be able to use a jigsaw instead.
I made the cuts next to the pencil line. This way, I could sand to the pencil line.
It’s not necessary, but I used this portable spindle sander to smooth the curved edges of the side panels. The spindle sander makes quick work of smoothing any saw marks. If I didn’t have a spindle sander, I would have smoothed the edges by hand with sandpaper.
Step 2. Make the Shelves
Cut 4 pieces of wood to length. In 3 of the pieces, drill pocket holes in each end.
Related: How to Use a Kreg Jig
Apply glue to the edge of a piece with pocket holes, position it on the piece without pocket holes, and clamp for about 30 minutes or until the glue is dry.
Middle and Top Shelf
Cut 3 pieces of wood to length. 2 pieces will be used for the shelves and 1 piece will be used as the back.
Apply glue to the edge of a piece with pocket holes and position it on a piece without pocket holes.
Clamp for about 30 minutes or until the glue is dry.
Repeat for the remaining shelf.
Drill the Holes for the Cake Pop Sticks
Use the diagram in the printed plan to drill the holes for the cake pop sticks in the three shelf assemblies.
First, I used my Kreg Multi-Mark to draw a line from end to end on the shelf.
Next, I marked the location for each hole and used an awl to make a starting point for the drill.
Related: What is an Awl?
I didn’t want to drill the holes too deep, so I wrapped painter’s tape around the bit to act as a depth stop.
💡 TIP #1: Try to drill the hole as straight up and down as possible. This will help the cake pops to stand straight when displayed.
💡 TIP #2: I ended up with some tearout around several of the holes. I filled the tearout with Ready Patch.
You could try to reduce the tearout by first drilling a smaller hole then drilling the hole with a larger drill bit.
Attach the Shelf Assemblies
To help with positioning, I clamped a piece of scrap wood to the front of the middle shelf. Apply glue to the edge of the bottom shelf, position on the middle shelf, and clamp. Attach using 1-¼” brad nails.
Again, to help with positioning, I clamped a piece of scrap wood to the front of the top shelf. Apply glue to the edge of the middle shelf, position on the top shelf, and clamp. Attach using 1-¼” brad nails.
Just like I did with the shelves, to help with positioning, I clamped a piece of scrap wood to the front of the back. Apply glue to the edge of the top shelf, position on the back, and clamp. Attach using 1-¼” brad nails.
Step 3. Attach the Shelves
Position the shelves on the sides and clamp. Attach using a right angle drill attachment and 1-¼” pocket screws.
Related: How to Screw in Hard-to-Reach Places
Step 4. Finish the Cake Pop Stand
See How Do You Finish the Cake Pop Stand? for more information.
This wood DIY cake pop stand has 3 tiers and the sides feature a subtle curved detail. It’s easy to make and the perfect way to display cake pops for almost any occasion.
Click here to get the free plan (including the detailed instructions and measurements) now!
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