DIY Junk Tiered Stands

Hi my name is Courtney and I am addicted to tiered stands and other serveware. Seriously whether it’s  a cake stand or a drink dispenser I’m obsessed. I have seen some fabulous tiered servers made from pie tins and other “junk” and I knew I had to try my hand at making one myself. So I began my search for pieces to use to make some DIY Junk Tiered Stands.
It took me awhile to find different pieces that would work together. I would find a piece here and a piece there, but it really was a miracle that I finally found enough pieces to actually complete a whole tiered server. Then I realized that I had enough pieces to make three complete tiered stands! So I got to work.
I went through my stash of candle sticks to find the perfect ones to hold up my metal pieces. Once I found them, I gave them all a bit of a makeover. Three of them got painted with Heirloom White and two of them with Krylon’s Blue Ocean Breeze.
Once the candlesticks were dry and ready to go it was time to start gluing, after I cleaned up all the metal pans of course. I used some E6000 glue to attach the candlesticks to the metal pans. Lets just say, it’s a good thing I keep a huge pile of old books around! They come in handy when you need to weigh something down for gluing!
That’s really all I had to do. Some of you may wonder why I would leave the pans tarnished and rusty, well the answer is simple! I like them that way. The rustier and more tarnished the better in my opinion.
The first one I made out of three cake pans that were used for making a tiered wedding cake. They came in an old falling apart box and had a lot of character. I paired them with two painted white candlesticks to create the tiers.
I found these old springform pans at two different thrift stores and they just happened to be three perfectly different sizes.
I paired the three tarnished pans with two aqua painted candlesticks. I am loving this color right now!
I love the clips on the front of each pan, it gives this one an industrial feel. Since the bottoms in these pans do detach from the sides I decided to glue them together to ensure that the whole thing wouldn’t fall apart on me.
I believe the next pans are tart pans. Or flan pans. Either way I love their ruffly edges.
I only had two of these, which is probably best because they are pretty large around. I used one large wooden candlestick that I painted white to hold the two pans together.
I love the frilly edges paired with the rusty tarnished metal pans. I decided to keep one tiered stand and take the other two to my booth. Deciding which to keep and which to sell may prove quite difficult!!!
Now I have to give a little shout out to these yummy cupcakes that made great models for all my DIY Junk Tiered Servers. They are french vanilla cupcakes with strawberry shortcake frosting, topped with huge yummy California strawberries! They were just as yummy as they look!
Linking up to these great link parties!!!


  1. These are so cute! Are you going to share the cupcake recipe too?

  2. Super fun and so cute!! Great idea, I would love to do things like this but can’t ever find good candle sticks! I need to get on the lookout for some though!

    I would love for you to link this up at the Naturally-Nifty Party! Open until tonight at midnight!

  3. Great job! My husband and I were out and about today and I showed him one at PB. So we decided we were going to try to make one. He pointed out a set of cake pans at the store but for $28 I told him we would continue to look for something to use. Thanks for sharing!

  4. These have turned out well! I love the old pans getting a new use! Now I’ll be watching for some as I yard sale this summer. Thanks for sharing!!

  5. These are darling! I have never thought to use pans from the thrift store. These are so going on my to do list! Pinning for sure!
    Thanks so much for idea!
    Have a happy week!


  6. I must say these look supercute! What a great job you did with these 🙂

  7. Ohhh, I LOVE these, what an awesome idea! And the cupcakes are adorable!

  8. Just love these! I have a problem finding candlesticks, too. There are really great.

  9. These are so fun! I keep thinking I’m going to make something similar but now that I’m looking for specific things at the thrift store I can’t find them. I love the “junk” look!

  10. Love the tarnished pans. Great job! We would love for you to share at our party.


  11. Oh….this is such a gorgeous and elegant idea.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

    Have a great day!

  12. Hello – found you from Live Laugh Rowe’s link party. I’ve been looking for months for different size pans on the cheap, but they are hard to find. This shows me that using all the same size pans still looks really good too. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Love this idea, Courtney! I will for sure be on the look out now for old pans and candle sticks. Thanks for sharing!

  14. *LOVE* this idea! Pinned!

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