April 11, 2014 - last edited April 10, 2014
I recently shared with you a fun and colorful graduation frame that you can personalize – and now I want to show you how to make some DIY cake plates to take your graduation party in a box a step further! Yes, you can use creative supplies along with Snapfish’s party kits to make everything you need for a special, personalized party that your guests will love: the “party in a box!”
These cake plates can be customized using your favorite paint colors (whatever coordinates with your party) as well as any of Snapfish’s fun party kits. The sky’s the limit with this project – the basic instructions will work for any theme you choose! Learn how to make them below.
Snapfish Party Kits – I used the “Reach for the Stars” collection. You will use the Party Banners, Cupcake Toppers, and Drinking Straw Flags in the making of the project. The Cupcake Wrappers and Tent Signs are also pictured
Wood surfaces to make three cake plates – 12” round plate, wood candlestick, 6” wood plaque, 3 wood feet, pre-made MDF wood cake plate kit
Mod Podge Matte
Acrylic paint – colors to coordinate with your party kit
Start with your smallest plaque – paint it with your chosen color. Give it several coats and let it dry.
TIP #1: You’ll use a very similar method to assemble all of your cake plates. It’s really easy! The only difference is that for any MDF cake stands, you should spray paint with a white primer before painting.
Paint the legs of your small cake stand with a contrasting color that coordinates with your printables. I chose metallic tangerine. Give the legs several coats and let them dry.
Using craft or krazy glue, adhere the legs to the bottom of the wood plaque as shown above.
To create a design that you can decoupage to the center of the plaque, choose a round object in your home (like a glass cup) and place onto the top of your printable – this one comes from the Party Banner kit. Trace and cut out using the scissors.
Paint a medium layer of Mod Podge Matte on the top of the plaque.
Immediately place your cut out on top of the plaque, smooth and let dry for 15 – 20 minutes. Then paint a layer of Mod Podge over the top of the entire plaque and let dry.
The wood plate and the candlestick holder will be your next cake plate. Paint the candlestick with the color of your choice (I used teal) and the wood plate with a contrasting color (I used light blue). Give them several coats and let dry.
Use a small drill to add 8 holes to the outer rim of the plate. Then, turn the plate upside down and glue the candlestick to the base as a stand. Let dry and put to the side. Time to work on the third cake plate!
My final cake plate was an MDF cake plate kit. I assembled according to the instructions, then glued it all together.
Trim the drinking straw flags to fit on the base of your cake plate. Adhere with Mod Podge, let dry for 15 – 20 minutes and then put on a top coat. Let dry.
Now go back to the second cake plate. The final step in assembly is to punch holes in the cupcake toppers using the hole punch, then secure to the wood plate through the holes you drilled using embroidery thread. Trim the loose ends.
Your cake plates are ready to display! Here you can see them pictured with the cupcake wrappers and table tents from the party kit.
Food should not be placed directly on crafted surfaces – instead, you should have a wrapper on your food or a tray underneath. There are also food safe paper doilies for this purpose.
I’d love for you to make this project too and share it in our Idea Exchange!