Tiered Summer Treat Stand DIY

05.24.11

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A few months after discovering how to make this tiered cupcake stand, I walked into Pottery Barn and saw their awesome, summery, tiered stand and—being the incurable DIYer that I am—thought, I wonder if I could make that.

It is a serious condition sometimes. My husband claims he can’t take me anywhere without me wanting to try to build some part of something I saw when I get home.
I picked up the supplies a few months ago, when I was in Micheal’s with my half-off coupon, and have been waiting for an open Saturday to give it a shot. I ran across Lizard & Ladybug who had been thinking the same thing as me, and am glad I did. She made her stand with a length of conduit, and made it look so good that I returned the curtain rod I’d been planning to use.

This weekend I got to work and love the result. Though I have to admit, about half way through the process was wondering if I should have just shelled out for the Pottery Barn original. But hopefully I have a few tips that will make it simpler if you’re like me and love a good DIY.
supplies
tiered cake pans ($18 with my coupon)
drawer pull that lets you take out the screw (I found mine at Lowe’s, $3)
all thread that is compatible with your drawer pull (I try screwing it in right in the isles of Lowe’s, $2)
conduit ($3)
bolts and washers
melamine plate

hack saw, clamp, file (UPDATE: see below, you may not need these at all)
hammer and nail
drill
Don’t forget to use your coupon when you go to pick up your tiered pans. I used my JoAnne’s coupon at Michaels (you knew you could do that, right?)
I opted for a thicker length of conduit to keep things sturdier. I cut three lengths that were just over six inches long. If I did it again I think I’d cut them right at six inches.

The most challenging part was cutting the conduit. Cuts need to be perfectly straight in order to avoid a leaning stand.

UPDATE: Thanks to Layne and Nicole, I now know you can skip this part, entirely. You can pick up a pipe cutter for just a few bucks (thanks, Layne!), or you can have your conduit cut right in the plumbing section (thanks for letting me in on that little secret, Nicole! )

I started by using my hack saw to score a dotted line all the way around the conduit, to make sure it was even and matched up all the way around. Clamp the conduit, saw a couple times just to score the surface, open the clamp and rotate the conduit just a little. Repeat.

Then I used the same technique to slowly saw around the conduit, sawing little by little, opening the clamp and rotating as I went, until I had a nice even cut.

I then used my file to finish evening off the end. Hold the conduit close to the file to make the work quicker. Just don’t file away your fingers.
Now all the hard work is over. If you can get through this part you’re practically finished.

I marked the center of the top pan and used a hammer and nail to pierce a hole. I then lined it up with the other pans to find the spot to pierce the last two holes.
For the base, I used a melamine plate I had left over from my DIY cupcake stand. Lizard and Ladybug uses the smallest pan from the nesting set for the base, which turned out great. I just wanted to save that pan for actual baking. I think it will turn out the perfect sized personal birthday cake.

Drilling a hole in the center is not too tough. Just use a wood bit in your drill and take your time so you don’t crack the plate.

Finally, the only thing left to do is assemble everything.
That’s it. Now all it needs is some cupcakes or cups full of strawberries.
I think one of my favorite parts is the storage. Mine is now stored away inconspicuously in the cupboard above my fridge, waiting for our first summer shindig.

 

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Hil May 24, 2011 at 9:45 am

you, my friend, are a genius. I love it!!

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Janet May 24, 2011 at 11:51 am

So clever! I can’t come to your blog without wanting to try to build some part of something!

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Lauren May 24, 2011 at 11:57 am

OOOhhhh I love this idea!!! Thanks

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Lesa May 24, 2011 at 1:17 pm

very clever!

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Courtney May 24, 2011 at 7:16 pm

I see sweet ribbons banding each tier to coordinate with the party decor. Love it!
And no, I didn’t know about Joann coupons at Michaels! Great tip.

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AmberLee May 24, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Courtney, I love the ribbons idea. Totally brilliant. I will be giving that a try.

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Sherry Cartwright May 25, 2011 at 6:05 am

This teired stand is too, too cute! I love your DIY projects and am adding this to my long list of stuff I wanna make. :)

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Nicole May 25, 2011 at 7:13 am

Cute idea! And, no, I didn’t know about JoAnn’s & Michaels. Does it work the other way around? I always have Michaels coupons and never JoAnn’s. Anyway…

We bought conduit at Home Depot to use as posts for the trellis in our garden, and for free they cut it to the lengths that we wanted in the plumbing section. It’s a precise cut and fast– could save time here!

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AmberLee May 25, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Nicole!

Thanks for your note! Wow. That is SO helpful to know about getting the conduit cut. I think it may have shaved off a good hour this weekend!

And yes, Joanne’s and Michael’s both take each other’s coupons. A lot of times, I’ll take my JoAnne’s coupon to Micheal’s, then when I check out at Micheal’s, they give me a receipt coupon, which I then go use at Joanne’s. Overall, I really am lame at using coupons, but this is so worth it to me I actually take the trouble.

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Carly May 25, 2011 at 8:43 am

How clever! This is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time.

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whatever Dee Dee Wants May 25, 2011 at 11:49 am

Love this idea! It’s so clever.

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Layne May 25, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Love this so much! You did an awesome job and spent a lot less than PB. Lowes will also carry a pipe cutter that is a handy gadget and it gives you a clean, straight cut on the conduit, and it cuts quickly. Just an idea if you don’t already have a hacksaw and need to purchase one. My recollection is they are just a few dollars.

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AmberLee May 25, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Layne! This is such great advice. Thank you!! And how did I not know this? (I actually was a checker at a hardware store for 4 months of my life, but I’m not sure I learned much). I am headed to the hardware store this weekend to go look!

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Allison May 27, 2011 at 10:59 am

Thanks for this tutorial…I’ve seriously been hemming and hawing over which cupcake stand to buy, and now I know I’m just going to make my own!

I reposted this tutorial on our blog:
http://bit.ly/iLPawq

I am new to your site, but I’m absolutely loving it! I’ll be back often…
Cheers,
Allison

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connie June 6, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Some one like me! I always want to make everything I see myself too except for one important difference; I try to get my husband to do it for me! Works sometimes! I can see this stand being used for so many things, even kids craft tray! Thanks for the great tutorial.

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AmberLee June 7, 2011 at 11:54 am

Thanks for the note, Connie! I’m so glad I’m not alone–every time I see something fun my wheels start turning and my husband knows I’m making plans. It’s good of our men to put up with us!

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Sunnie Brown June 21, 2011 at 10:40 am

You are very creative! I entered to win the Silhouette, and have spent all morning looking at your blog! Great Job!

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Punkinuk August 7, 2011 at 5:34 pm

This is fabulous. I’m going to make one for my craft room for all those little pots and jars to stand on. Easy to move from shelf to craft table and they’ll all be in the same place (always a bit of a problem in my room!) Thanks for the great idea.

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AmberLee August 11, 2011 at 6:20 am

Punkinuk! I love it. I think i’m going to have to make one for my office now. thanks for the inspiration!

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nicole September 14, 2011 at 8:17 am

Love love love it! been eyeing the one at pottery barn for some time but way too expensive! I had been trying to figure out how to reproduce it for way less…….thank you!

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LoLita June 27, 2012 at 1:29 am

Thanks for sharing such a great idea. I was wondering did you consider just using a three tier center piece instead of the conduit. I’m refering to the replacement part as seen in a store bought 3-tier stand. You can purchase that part for about $3 on ebay.

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