DIY Recycled Cake Stands for Kids

DIY Recycled Cake Stands for Kids

Turn recy­cled card­board boxes, paper rolls, and plas­tic con­tain­ers into these fun, silly cake stands. Your kid­dos will not only enjoy mak­ing them, but will also appre­ci­ate hav­ing their art­work on dis­play, right next to the main attraction—the cupcakes!

DIY recycled cake stands

I just love children’s art and how it show­cases wild, lively imag­i­na­tions. This silly cake stand project gives them—and their artis­tic abilities—the oppor­tu­nity to be front and cen­ter at your next party, and pro­vides you with a table top­per that sub­sti­tutes expen­sive (and let’s face it) less excit­ing options.

DIY recycled cake stands

What You Need

  • Print­able dog and silly ani­mal stand pat­tern tem­plate (down­load here)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scis­sors
  • Marker
  • Paint
  • Brush
  • Double-sided tape or paper tape

For The Dog Stand

  • Sturdy card­board tray or cake board
  • 5 toilet-paper rolls
  • Tea boxe
  • Cord
  • Round stick­ers

For The Silly Ani­mal Stand

  • 2 sturdy card­board trays or cake boards of dif­fer­ent sizes
  • 4 toilet-paper rolls
  • Paper-towel roll
  • Plas­tic yogurt container
  • Spread­able cheese box
  • Bot­tle cork
  • Round stick­ers

Instruc­tions

DIY recycled cake stands

Step 1
Either remove all the labels from the boxes or turn them inside out and glue or tape them back together to pro­vide a clear sur­face for the paint.

DIY recycled cake stands

Step 2
Paint the trays, paper rolls, and boxes using your favorite col­ors. Down­load the print­able tem­plate. Trace, paint, and cut out ears, feet, mouth, and hat patterns.

DIY recycled cake stands

Step 3
Once all the painted parts are dry, glue each foot to each of the toilet-paper rolls (legs). For the dog: Glue the two ears to each side of the tea box (head), then glue a toilet-paper roll (neck) to the bot­tom of the tea box.

For the silly ani­mal: Glue the paper-towel roll (neck) to the bot­tom of the cheese box (head), then glue the bot­tle cork to the front of the cheese box.

DIY recycled cake stands

Step 4
Place the large trays face down. Draw a grid in the cen­ter of each one to help evenly dis­trib­ute the legs, which pro­vide the base. Glue the legs in place.

For the Dog: Glue the bot­tom of the neck to the top of the tray.

For the silly ani­mal: Draw a grid at the cen­ter of the smaller tray and glue the bot­tom of the yogurt con­tainer in the mid­dle. Glue the bot­tom of the neck to the top of the tray. You can leave the two trays inde­pen­dent of each other or glue them together.

For the silly animal: Draw a similar grid at the center of the smaller tray and glue the bottom of the yogurt container to the bottom of the tray.

Step 5
For the dog: Glue the cord to the bot­tom of the tray and make the hat fol­low­ing the instruc­tions on the template.

For the silly ani­mal: Cut out the smil­ing mouth from tem­plate, then glue it to the face.
Dec­o­rate the faces with stick­ers and markers!

For the silly animal: Draw a similar grid at the center of the smaller tray and glue the bottom of the yogurt container to the bottom of the tray.

That’s all there is to it. Hope you enjoy mak­ing these funny stands!

For the silly animal: Draw a similar grid at the center of the smaller tray and glue the bottom of the yogurt container to the bottom of the tray.

Notes: These stands are quite light, so be sure not to over­load them with food. You could also rein­force them by fill­ing all the bases with rice or beans before attach­ing to the trays.