DIY Stenciled Cake Stand

Okay all you creative ladies, today I'm sharing a fun, easy stenciled cake stand project that I made with the Martha Stewart's Craft Decorative Paint Line, by Plaid!

I've been talking on our Facebook page for the last little bit about how excited I am to start planning Aubrielle's 4th birthday, and once I received the new Martha Stewart Craft Painting kit by Plaid, I knew exactly where to start once I saw the beautiful color line... especially those pearl paints :)
So here's how I did it...

I started off with a simple white candle holder from IKEA, and a 9 inch square piece of wood with a decorative finish on the edges, done by a router.
I painted the unfinished wood white, and applied a vinyl stencil to the top of it, once it was dry.

Then I broke out my Martha Stewart paint tools.
Let me tell you, these are TOP NOTCH. Honestly, the quality and design of the tools are really good. I would highly recommend them.

I chose to work with the Aqua Pearl paint medium, a stencil brush, foam pouncer, and an angled brush to lightly add a few layers of the paint on over my stencil. To avoid getting any paint on areas of my board that I didn't want it, I just taped it off with blue painters tape.

The awesome thing about this new Martha Stewart craft paint line is that it can be used on ALL types of surfaces. Wood, metal, glass, ceramic, terra-cotta, and even fabric. It's indoor/outdoor safe and even stays perfectly fine on glass through dishwasher cycles! There are over 150 paint colors in different finishes, like Satin, high gloss, pearl, glitter, and metallic. All of these new paints are non-toxic and totally safe to use around kids! LOVE that!

Okay, so moving on... once I had applied about 3-4 quick coats of paint, I started peeling off my stencil with a pair of tweezers, to reveal the white design underneath.
Then I removed the painters tape and let everything dry completely for about an hour or so.
Once it was all cured I took a piece of steel wool and went over the entire stenciled surface (much like you would with sandpaper) a few times, to get off any raised paint edges or extra bits, so that it would have a smooth finish.
My final step was to spray it with a clear coat, to keep the paint from chipping, in the future.

And here it is, ta-da! A cute DIY, simple, yet totally adorable for ANY party, Cake (or cupcake) Stand!

I plan on putting a thin hard sheet of clear plastic on top of the stand, with a bit of adhesive under each corner, to keep it in place. This will allow me to put small cakes with frosting on the stand, and I won't have to worry about ruining the painted stencil, and it will be easily wipe-able as well.

Speaking of easy clean up, I have to say that I DID find myself partial to one particular tool :)
The foam pouncers. These babies are a DREAM! 10,000 times better then those old-school foam brushes that you pick up at the craft store. These pouncers are easy to hold, don't suck up a ton of paint, and clean like a breeze! Just pop out the sponge, use a little hand soap with water and you're done!
I also love how you can flip the sponge around and use the opposite side if you wear out the other.

If you're looking to try out some of these new tools and paints for YOUR next creative project, from the Martha Stewart line brought to you by Plaid Crafts, then you'll need to head to your nearest Michaels store, because these awesome products are exclusively ONLY offered there!
Tell these fine people all about it Martha!

To get started, you can even go here, to find a 40% off coupon to use, for your first purchase!
And while we're talking creative projects, check out these other bloggers who have found great ways to use THEIR new paints as well!
Jen @ Tatertots and Jello - Painted Pillows
Gail @ My Repurposed Life - Menu Board & Plaque
Megan @ Brassy Apple - Stenciled Pencil Skirt
Michelle - A Little Tipsy - Etched Glass Mirror
The Crafting Chicks - Back to School cans
Beckie @ Infarrantly Creative - Quatrefoil Stool

Happy Crafting!

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  1. I didn't think I could be more obsessed with Martha Stewart products. How does she do EVERYTHING right. I both love and hate her for it.

    That cake stand is killer, I want one so bad!

  2. So cute!!! I want a collection of these to display food for a party or something. Love it!

  3. Shelley! That is soooo darn cute! Great tips girl.
    I am loving all the new Martha stuff! I have used the sponge pouncers and the brush pouncers. And the roller.... loving it.
    Thanks so much for linking to my place! You're a peach!

  4. Oh my goodness how gorgeous!!! Would LOVE it if you would link this up to my brand new turquoise lovin' party!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2011/08/turquoise-lovin-1.html

  5. Oh.my.goodness.....I am in love! This is super gorgeous. You did an amazing job...as always! :)

  6. LOVE IT! Couldn't you just spray a "varnish" over the stenciled image? I don't know how a piece of plastic would work (crumbs underneath?)
    but spray varnish is easy and if you put a "doily" under the cake? Just thinking out loud! love your blog!

  7. Please tell me you bought the cupcakes!!! I would die if you made those too! Everything you do is awesome!

  8. Umm....yeah...Shelley YOU ROCKED THIS OUT OF THE FREAKIN' PARK!!! I love it. LOVE! It's perfection. I'm pretty sure I will have a new goal in life to eat cupcakes off of it. The stencil is gorgeous. The colors....oh, so, Miss Shelley Smith, "House of Smiths". Digital Standing Ovation from across the valley....BRAVO!

  9. Love it! Where did you get the stencil? You are so inspiring - thank you for YET another great tutorial! :)

  10. This is super cute! I love seeing what everyone is doing with their Martha Stewart Crafts Decorative paint projects. Never thought to use a wooden candle stick from Ikea to make a cake plate. Love the idea.

  11. Love this! so cute!

    Coley @

  12. Cute! Love the cake stand! I think you should do a tutorial on how you iced your awesome cupcakes too with a recipe possibly included for the icing and what you used to color it? :D hint hint... maybe? Pretty please with a cherry on top?

  13. Love the stand!!! I have been seeing this new line on a few other blogs aswell. Im thinking that I may have to make a trip to the city, ASAP!!!

  14. Hey Shelley! I didn't realize your blog was so awesome!. Sheesh, what have I been missing?? Anyway, I liked you recent post on the gallery wall. I've been planning on doing this, I bought the frames, but Im so intimidated to put it up. Your tips have given me renewed confidence!

    Annie (from the USU dorms , etcetc :))

  15. Love this little cake stand. It just SCREAMS for cupcakes, doesn't it? I'm stencil obsessed to begin with, and I love an easy stencil project. :-)

  16. Ooooh, I love it! I've never seen those dabber thingies! Will you send me a cupcake? They look delish!

  17. Your cake stand turned out beautiful! The pearl paint is so pretty and great idea to add the clear piece on the top for protection! Thanks for the shout out too!

  18. amazing! i love it! do you know if that kit is still available for purchase? i would love to get one!!

  19. I am your newest follower! I love, your blog and your amazing creativity. Cant wait to see what you come up with next.

  20. Cake stand looks awesome! Where do you find a 'thin, hard sheet of plastic' from?

  21. just came across your blog and am already in love :) i love DIY projects like this and the final product is STUNNING...or maybe i'm biased because i love the colors too ;) xo

  22. very cute! thanks for sharing. i'm adding this to my pinterest so i can make it some time when I'm feeling crafty! :)

  23. is the stencil from Martha too? I am sure that you are a VIP and got the entire set..... but for someone like me who wants to get it..... needs to get it.......cannot wait to have it........how much would it run me?

  24. I LOVE this! So clever. I want to make my own. Would you mind sharing your source for the stencil?

  25. Just wanted to let you know I featured you at my new turquoise lovin' party!! Thank you so much for linking up!

  26. ok, so I just worked the martha paints.... have you used the spray paint option yet? If so, what do you think? I would love your input. Also, where else would you recommend getting some oober fun stencils.

  27. also in love with this project. thank god i found it before i went to ikea this weekend! also would love to know where you got the stencil!

  28. Very cool stand! I am glad I saw this post. I have been wanting to use these products for some time now but was kind of worried how well it would turn out. Now I have confidence that the pillows I want to make for our living room will turn out great with these products! Thanks! (And I might just have to make your stand, too) :)

  29. Your cake stand looks fantastic! I love the lattice look.

  30. LOVE this cake stand!! Your creativity seriously amazes me. Posted a link: http://ificould-ificould.blogspot.com/2011/09/stenciled-cake-stand.html

    Thanks for sharing!
    Missy & Kimi

  31. With this new line of paint I would love to stencil some designs to a quilt I am making. Do you think it will stand the test of time...washing machines, kids and what not?

  32. RAD!! Love it! I am trying it tonight! Do you think clear contact paper on top would work ok too? I don't have any thick clear plastic...

    Thanks for sharing all your amazing ideas!!

  33. I just wanted to let you know I included this in my 2011 Ultimate DIY Gift Guide (101 tutorials/recipes)! :) http://danimariedesigns.blogspot.com/2011/10/2011-ultimate-diy-gift-guide.html

  34. I love this cake stand. I recently featured you in a post http://decoratingcents.blogspot.com/2011/10/trends-stencils.html. Would love for you to stop by and grab a button.

  35. This is really cute! Thank you for your mini review on the Martha Stewart paint supplies. I saw them for the first time in Michael's today and figured they would be great considering the brand's scrap supplies! I will be going back to pick up the tools for sure! Thanks again!

  36. <very pretty and cute stand, thankyou for your tutorial.


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