DIY Tutorial from a Catch My Party Member -- How to Make Individual Dessert Pedestals

by Jillian Leslie on

I love these individual dessert pedestals Kristy of The Purple Pug made for her Donuts and Dragons Party.

So when Kristy said she’d be happy to do a quick tutorial on how she made them, I jumped at the chance.

Here’s how she did it…


  • Unfinished wood candlesticks (any craft store)
  • For toppers: unfinished wood circles, small saucers, paper plates, melamine plates or anything else
  • Non toxic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Mod Podge or another sealer
  • Glue
Some unfinished candlesticks
Some unfinished wood circles to use as pedestal tops

Unfinished candlesticks have a metal cup in them.   So gently pry out the cup with a butter knife and discard.   This will allow your topper to be attached to a flat surface.

Metal cup inside the candlesticks
Use a knife to get it out

Paint the candlesticks and toppers as desired — neutrals, wild colors, or mix and match.   I found two coats worked best.   As an alternative to wood candlesticks, you could certainly use a crystal candlestick and omit the painting.

Starting to paint the candlesticks
The finished candlestick

You can seal any of the wood pieces with a sealant or Mod Podge at this point.

Place your desired top plate upside down on your work surface.

An assortment of plates and tops you can use

Line the top of the candlestick circle with glue and then attach to the middle of your top plate.   Let dry upside down.

After the top has dried

You may want to use temporary glue dots for the paper plate idea, so you can easily remove the plate when finished.

A pedestal made with a paper plate

Also, keep in mind that ceramic plates will make your piece more top heavy, so take into consideration what you are putting on it and how careful your guests will be.

Here are some different toppers, desserts, and ideas.  You can put a small doily on top, a piece of patterned scrapbook paper, card stock, flowers, or fabric. You can embellish with ribbon, rhinestones, fabric ties, pom poms, or anything you find around the house.

These pedestals are perfect for cupcakes, donuts, Ring Dings, mini pies, mini bowls of ice cream, one piece of fruit would be adorable — anything you can dream up!

A ceramic plate pedestal with a doily and a Ring Ding
A melamine plate pedestal with a doily and an ice cream sandwich
A wooden circle pedestal with a doily and a Ring Ding
A melamine plate pedestal with a mini pie
A melamine plate pedestal with a donut
And how about mini bowls of ice cream

That’s it!  These individual dessert pedestals are a beautiful and simple way to add a charming element to your dessert displays.

Thank you, Kristy!

To see all of Kristy’s adorable homemade party goods and get more great party ideas, take a look at her blog, The Purple Pug.  And while you’re at it, take a look at the insanely creative parties she’s added to Catch My Party.



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    Lauren @ten23designs wrote:

    I have been looking for dessert stands for months now... I am so glad to see they are much easier to make than trying to find in the stores.

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    Lorena Cagnotti wrote:

    Thanks for the tutorial! I think I´m gonna try make some!

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    kristy wrote:

    The tute looks fabulous:) Thanks for being so supportive of me, my ideas and my parties:) You ROCK! the purple pug

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    PeaceLoveTerri wrote:

    Love, love, love these!!!

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    Sheek Shindigs wrote:

    Love, love, love this. What an easy and creative idea! Thank you.

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    Amber wrote:

    adorable idea!!!

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    evispir wrote:

    Great idea! Thank you!

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    Sue wrote:

    LOVE it! Thanks for the great ideas!

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    Genevieve Le Bel wrote:

    Love this idea!!! So easy! Thx for sharing! =)

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    laura~eye candy event details wrote:

    LOVE this post - you are a ROCK STAR!

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    BreEnertains wrote:

    Amazing, truly Amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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    Keisha M wrote:

    These dessert stands are beautiful.