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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59 Responses to Clay Pot Cake Stand

  1. Kristin June 21, 2012 at 7:13 am #

    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 June 21, 2012 at 11:05 am #

      Good! I’m so glad you like it! Thanks for commenting!

  2. Michelle June 21, 2012 at 8:50 am #

    Love this idea!
    I found your blog through Pinterest and I would love to invite you to share this, and any other posts you would like to, at my Creative Thursday Link Party at http://www.michellestastycreations.blogspot.com. (Runs through Monday each week)

    Have a wonderful day,

  3. Cheryl June 21, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    what do you use to “Seal if you are going to be serving food directly on the stand”?

    • Joshua Trent June 21, 2012 at 11:11 am #

      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.

      • Siana April 19, 2015 at 8:12 am #

        is it possible to glaze and fire terracotta pots?

      • Lisa May 26, 2015 at 5:05 pm #

        get a cake cardboard by Wilton. It should fit the plate and no worries of cutting into paint!

  4. Cheryl June 21, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    Thanks for the information

  5. Zoe June 22, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    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 June 22, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

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

    • Larissa August 10, 2015 at 12:59 pm #

      That is an awesome idea zoe! I am so glad i came across this post great idea as well Joshua!!

  6. Lori June 22, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

    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!

    • Joshua Trent June 22, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

      Cute! You should share a pic! :)

  7. Nancy June 22, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

    Perfect idea for a cake stand. I have a clay pot and saucer. I am going to make one of these……(:

  8. Claire June 22, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

    Can you tell me what color paint you used I like the color

  9. Anonymous June 22, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    Great idea!

  10. Ruthann June 23, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    I’m scaling this down and making candle holders for my daughter in laws baby shower center pieces.

  11. Michelle June 27, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    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.


  12. Judy Mealy July 7, 2012 at 6:18 am #

    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!

  13. Beth Nichols July 13, 2012 at 3:01 am #

    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.’

  14. Sensible July 18, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    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 July 18, 2012 at 11:24 pm #

      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.

  15. CINDERELLA69 August 10, 2012 at 10:50 pm #

    saw this and wondered if it would work to paint a clay bottom to turn into a bird bath?

    • Joshua Trent August 11, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

      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.

  16. Kristen September 2, 2012 at 9:19 pm #

    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 September 2, 2012 at 11:37 pm #

      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 September 2, 2012 at 11:38 pm #

      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.

  17. Kristen September 4, 2012 at 7:11 pm #

    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!

  18. Heather oda September 19, 2012 at 1:30 am #

    It so cute I go make this for bird food is safe for the bird to eat seed off of it ????

  19. Michael Bush November 1, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    Love this idea – definitely got to try it! Thanks!!

  20. Carol Soriano November 18, 2012 at 11:21 pm #

    Is there a way to food safe the cake plate?

    • Joshua Trent November 19, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

      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!

  21. Sally January 8, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    One could use a mirror to line the bottom of the pan. It would be safe for serving as well as add to the decorative appeal.

  22. Craft Store Coupons January 28, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    Your results are lovely. I think I like the idea of using the same concept for a birdbath. Maybe this spring. :)

  23. Kathy February 21, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    Love this!!

  24. pam gray September 19, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

    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.

  25. Neha July 9, 2014 at 1:29 am #

    interesting DIY and so easy frankly

  26. Julie September 6, 2015 at 4:34 pm #

    Any ideas on a thrifty cover for it?


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