DIY Epoxy Cake Stand
CREATE A BEAUTIFUL RUSTIC DIY CAKE STAND USING SCRAP WOOD & EPOXY
You know those butterflies you get in your stomach when you are about to try something new? This was the project for me. It was my first time ever using epoxy, but I decided to take it on for the Builders Mini Challenge! If you follow us on Instagram, you know this project terrified me which was so silly because it was a piece of cake (see what I did there)!
Butterflies & all I decided to go full speed ahead & try my hand at a DIY epoxy cake stand. I wanted to create something that was rustic feeling & resembled the grain of a tree stump. Epoxy is so fun to work with because the sky is the limit, you can create so many different looks by simply changing out dyes.
Let me show you how simple it is to create a beautiful piece, even for an epoxy newbie!
- Dr. Crafty’s 2 Part Epoxy
- Springform Pan
- Mica Powder Epoxy Resin Dye
- Heat Gun
- Scrap Wood (for the base)
- Gorilla Glue
This project was a little hard to do a step by step because in the middle of this project your hands are gloved & covered in epoxy. So I videoed the epoxy portion for you so you can see what it looks like & I will explain the steps below.
First I built my base. For this project I chose to use two pieces of scrap cedar. I simply cut a notch in both pieces of wood in the center. The notch was 1 inch wide (the with of the wood) & about 3 inches deep (half the wood height). You can kind of see my lines in the photo above if you look really hard!
After my base was finished I moved onto the epoxy portion of the project.
For my form I used a 9in silicone springform pan. You can use whatever kind of mold you want to as long as its in the silicone family. The regular metal cake pans will not work.
Follow the instructions on your specific epoxy label. One tip I have is to make sure your ratios are spot on. Mine was a 1:1 ratio for the resin & harder so that made it a little easier.
~IMPORTANT: Be sure to wear gloves, eye protection, & a mask when dealing with epoxy it is a strong chemical~
Mix your epoxy for at least 3 straight minutes. Then I separated some of my epoxy into a plastic cup so that I could add dye to some but not all my mix.
I started by pouring my uncolored epoxy into the pan, then I swirled in my colored epoxy. Epoxy is a self leveler so no need to try & tilt the pan of smooth it out.
After its all poured take a heat gun & heat the epoxy to remove the bubbles.
Once you have all the dyes you want added all you have to do is wait. Depending on your specific epoxy & thickness (mine was about an inch thick) your curing time will vary. I waited 3 hours before adding my second layer & let the whole thing cure for 24 house before I removed it from the mold.
After you remove your epoxy from the mold you can sand & seal it! Mine didn’t require any sanding but it is totally normal to sand the edges & make everything smooth!
I attached the epoxy to my wooden stand using Gorilla Glue & so far its holding strong!
Not bad for a first time try! I am super happy with my rustic epoxy cake stand & now I can scratch epoxy off my project bucket list. It definitely wont be my last epoxy project now that I am more comfortable with it! What do yall think? Anyone have any other epoxy tips & tricks?