Clay Pot Cake Stand


What You’ll Need:

10-12 inch pot base

3-4 inch pot for stand

Can of spray paint in your favorite color

Clear silicon caulking

Clear sealer (optional)


1. Find the middle of the base bottom and mark with a black pencil or marker.

2. Make a ring of caulk around the edge of the pot bottom and press together, bottom to bottom.

3. Once the caulking dries, spray the top with paint and let that dry.

4. Flip it over and spray the bottom.

5. Seal if you are going to be serving food directly on the stand, otherwise just use a cake doily.

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  1. says

    This post couldn’t have come at a better time! I’ve been looking for a way to create an affordable cake stand with creative flair…and this is perfect! Thank you!

    • Joshua Trent says

      There’s a product called polycrylic or any other acrylic sealer really. The only “true” sealer that’s completely food safe would be to glaze and fire the pots before you glue together. Otherwise, just for safety’s sake I would probably use a doily or something else to keep the food from touching the paint. Not to mention, if you have a cake directly on the pot, you’ll probably scrape the paint when you cut into it.

  2. says

    Well, this solves the “what am I going to get everyone for Christmas” question! These are so fun! I can even see doing some small ones for individual cupcakes at a birthday party. Love this.

    • Joshua Trent says

      That would be a good idea :) I’ve also seen someone that made a 3 tier cupcake holder with clay pots.

  3. Lori says

    I do this same thing with tera cotta pot and saucer, but I then mosaic the inside of the saucer and set it in the garden as a bird bath. very cute!

  4. says

    Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday last week. I can’t wait to see what you link up this week. Have a wonderful weekend.


  5. Judy Mealy says

    Ive made these before,they are a great project.Im doing a rustic wedding for a friend,I made a cake stand out of a slice of cherry wood and wood burn their initials into a heart on the side of it,it turned out really cute.I hope to find more on pinterest because I have a craft class in my home every other Tuesday and am running out of ideas,help!!This week Im making popourri pies for class!

  6. Beth Nichols says

    This is perfect I am getting married in August and I want cheesecake for my wedding cake. I found a “chill-out inflatable cooler” (looks like a rectangle kiddie blow up pool” to put ice in and I was trying to find an inexpensive cake stand to put in it and have the ice under the stand to help keep the cheese cake cold. This is going to be perfect. Now to get the fiancée to paint it for me with the other painting projects for the wedding.’

  7. Sensible says

    Spray paint contains lead… It specifically states on the label of spray paint cans to not use it on items which you serve food on… unless you feel like loosing a few brain cells…

    • Joshua Trent says

      Where are you buying your spray paint, lol? Lead paint has been banned since the 70′s. Of course I wouldn’t recommend eating directly off any painted surface that’s why I put the line about using a cake doily.

    • Joshua Trent says

      Yes, I had another reader say they were going to do that same thing above, look for Lori. She uses mosaic tile inside the the “bath” part instead of paint. Which is a good idea, if you’re going to use it as a bird bath, don’t paint the part where the water will be.

  8. Kristen says

    This looks like a great craft. I went out and got the supplies today. I have tried it several times now and the paint keeps on crackling just like when I have used a crackling glaze before. I am using Krylon indoor/outdoor spray paint. I even tried sealing the pot and then spray painting but had the same results. Do you have any ideas on what I could be doing wrong? It looks a little bit better after several coats but is sticky and looks no where near as good as your pics. Thank you in advance!

    • Joshua Trent says

      I’m not really sure why it would be doing that. What part of the country are you in? Are you painting in the sun or is it rainy/humid? Is you pot actual terra cotta and not plastic? Spray paint won’t work very good on plastic, that’s usually when I see cracking on projects.

    • Joshua Trent says

      Also, after a second layer I would try stripping it down because that’s another reason spray paint cracks, it doesn’t do well in layers.

  9. Kristen says

    I am in El Paso, TX. There is zero humidity and I am doing it outside on our covered porch. They are terra cotta. I was using gloss spray paint. That may be the issue. I am going to try it again with satin paint similar to what you used. Thank you for your help. I am determined to get this to work!

    • Joshua Trent says

      Really the only way to be completely food safe is to buy food-safe pottery paint or glaze and have it fired, probably for free, at your local university or a pottery studio. Otherwise you can take a chance on non-toxic paints but read the label carefully!

  10. pam gray says

    You can also use a plastic tray liner used to put under pot so the water won’t ruin anything. They are clear and pot size. Washable and you can put food directly on it. Purchase in garden dept.


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