I absolutely loved my wedding cake stand. I had seen the idea of making a tree stump stand while searching rustic wedding ideas, so I asked my dad if he thought it was possible. He looked around at fallen trees and wood to be chopped for firewood and came up with the perfect pieces. He got to work and quickly my dream became a reality!
I just love how unique and personalized it is. Being that we had a dessert bar, we were not planning on a large cake. My mom was kind enough to volunteer (or should I say get suckered into) baking the cake. It was so delicious and just perfect! She also frosted it in this great rustic style and then we had fresh flowers cascading down the side of it.
I made the cake toppers by just getting wooden letters and a small dowel from the craft store. I got a larger G for our last name and a small A and H for our first names. I painted them brown on the front and back, and then fuchsia along the edges as the bright accent color. Then I used hot glue to attach the letters to one-foot tall segments of the wooden dowel. This way it was easy to insert them into the cake to stand on the top and all the flowers helped to hide the entry of the dowels. Such a cheap and fun cake topper!
So how was this cake stand made? First, my dad found the right size of wood. He cut a large round segment for the top of the cake stand and then sanded it down and sealed it to make the beautiful grain lines pop.
Next he cut the piece for the base and drilled holes in both the top and the bottom to insert dowels to hold the two halves together. The original idea was to stop there so that it would easily come apart for travel, but we ended up gluing it together to ease my fear of the top half flopping off with my cake on it. Next, my dad carved a heart and A + H into the stump base and then put a clear coat of sealant over the entire thing. Here it is right before he sealed it:
So amazing! This tree stump cake stand definitely added a little something special to our dessert table at our rustic outdoor wedding
Image by Shepard Photography