Okay, I am going to be honest here for a minute. I have a problem. I collect cake stands–a lot of cake stands. I have no less than four areas in my house that I have cake stands stored. I keep some of them on display, but for the most part they are stacked away until I need them for a party or photo shoot. And although my husband says I have enough (ha!), I’m always on the look out for more. Some of my favorite places to find them are Home Goods, thrift stores, eBay, and Etsy. One kind of cake stand I don’t own a lot of are colored cake stands–most of the time I buy different styles of white because I use them so much more often. Cake stands that are a specific color are generally used for one or two parties or photo shoots and then they sit in storage for months before I need them again. When I got my Cricut Maker, I couldn’t wait for the knife blade to be released so I could start cutting ALL the thick materials! I finally got a chance to craft with the Cricut Knife Blade, and the first project that I HAD to make was a DIY Cake Stand!
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With the addition of the Knife Blade to the Cricut Maker tool selection, it really opens up the possibilities of projects that you can make with your Cricut machine. The Cricut Knife Blade can cut materials up to 2.4mm thick, including the new Cricut Chipboard that I used to make this DIY Cake Stand. The Cricut Maker is the only machine that has a unique Adaptive tool system that allows for professional-level cutting and the future expandability into other tools!
Items Needed to make the DIY Cake Stand:
–Cricut Maker (it’s the only Cricut machine that can use the Knife Blade!)
–Cricut Knife Blade
-Mod Podge or other sealer for Chipboard
-Paint Color of your choice (we used Martha Stewart Crafts brand)
How to Make a DIY Cake Stand using the Cricut Maker and Cricut Knife Blade
-Open Cricut Design Space and head over to the Cake Stand design we created–you can open it right in Design Space by clicking the link below:
The most important thing to remember when cutting thicker materials (like Cricut Chipboard) with the Cricut Knife Blade is that you have to make sure that your design fits within a 11×11 inch area on the mat. That is because you’ll be moving the little white star wheels in the machine and you don’t want them to catch your material.
The top of the DIY Cake Stand has a pretty scalloped edge and is 10″ round.
You can see in the below picture that the white star wheels are moved the whole way over to the right and they totally miss the edge of the Cricut chipboard. When cutting chipboard you need to remember a few things:
-use a Cricut StrongGrip mat (it’s really sticky!)
-tape around the edges of your material with masking tape (or something similar), as it helps keep the material down while the Knife Blade does its work.
If you’re used to using a Cricut machine, the first thing you’ll notice is that the Knife Blade takes a lot longer to cut your design. That’s because the knife blade makes several (or a lot) of passes to make sure you get a clean cut. The blade will cut right through the masking tape, so you don’t have to worry about that.
Look at the small cut the Cricut Knife Blade is making on the bottom piece of the cake stand. Such a great tool to use!
Once you have all of your pieces cut, you can remove them from the mats.
Because chipboard in general is made from lots of little pieces of compressed material, if you would like to pain your chipboard project, you first need to seal all of the area you plan to paint. I used Mod Podge and it worked great! If you skip this step, the chipboard will soak up all of the liquid in the paint and the layers of material can separate. We don’t want that!
Once your coat of sealer dries, you can assemble your cake stand and paint it whatever color you’d like! Because I dream of having a collection of Jadeite cake stands, I chose to paint mine a light green color.
For extra stability, you need to glue the base to the cake plate piece. I used hot glue. Also, when displaying a cake, a lot of paints are not food safe, so make sure you put parchment paper or a cardboard round underneath your cake.
Now you have a custom cake stand that you can use for displaying cupcakes, a cake or other small treats.
Need other party decor ideas that you can make with your Cricut Maker? Check out these posts, too:
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