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DIY Wooden Dessert Pedestals for Fall Entertaining!

This month for our Lowes Challenge, one of the topics we could choose was a DIY project for fall entertaining. I love Fall — it’s the perfect time for a party!! So I wanted to make some tiered DIY wooden cake pedestals. It’s a easy project and I think it would be awesome on a Halloween or Thanksgiving table!!

gold dip dyed tiered serving pedestals

We dipped the pedestals in gold too – for an even more festive look!

long dip dyed serving tray with pie

Here’s how we made these easy DIY serving pedestals:

thanksgiving DIY pedestal tables

I looked through my pile of left-over boards from the #1905Cottage project and found some different width boards that we cut to different sizes. (We used mostly 1-inch thick, premium pine.) I also chose some leftover molding — like 1x2s and a few smaller  molding pieces — for the “skirts.”

Then we sanded the boards and stained them.

We cut the skirts — like a small frame around the bottom of each board — with 90-degree, straight cuts, instead of doing 45-degree corners. For this project, I wanted that look, but you could do your skirt with 45 degree cuts (like a picture frame) instead.

I attached the skirts with wood glue and small finish nails.

And then we attached different sized legs from Lowes to the bottom of the boards. I also took some smaller pieces of molding and cut those to make legs. Super easy! (On the shortest table, I had to cut some 2×2-inch boards to place between the legs and the top so that the legs weren’t covered by the “skirt.”)

The last thing I did was I taped off the little pedestals at different angles and spray painted them with Valspar Gold Spray Paint.

Once they were dry, I peeled off the tape and they were ready.

how to make wood serving pedestal trays

Note – you don’t want to put food directly on these surfaces: I don’t know how “food safe” they are, but you can put a pretty pie plate on them. Also cupcakes in wrappers would be awesome.

I think the different heights of the pedestals really adds some interest and drama to a Thanksgiving table. I also think you could make just one and use it as a centerpiece for a set of pretty candles. These would also be so pretty for a wedding. You could make a few and then put jars of candies or different treats on a buffet table!

gold dip dyed tiered serving pedestals

dip dyed mini table with pumpkin pie

dip dyed mini dessert tables

lnog dip dyed serving table tatertots and jello

gold dipped serving pedestals for holiday entertaining


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Have a CREATIVE Day! 



Thanks to Lowes for gift cards I used to create this project. You can find out more about my disclosures here.


  1. Love!
    Any chance you can tell me where to get the gold polka dot tablecloth/fabric?

  2. Pinned I love these! You have the best ideas.

  3. These are so pretty Jen- the gold is the perfect complement to the stained wood colour and the perfect colour for the holiday season!! Thanks for the tutorial! Pinning:)

  4. This is so gorgeous Jen! I especially love the gold paint…so glam and fabulous! Angie xo
    Angie@Echoes of Laughter recently posted…A Fall Wreath

  5. Jen, Jen, Jen, Jen!

    these are fantastic & so fun for a gathering! how beautiful will these be for your cookie exchange & the holidays. GORGEOUS!


  6. That looks like something I could do in an afternoon and would add a nice touch to the season. Thank you for sharing.

  7. LOVE these! Perfect and fun!

  8. These are fantastic so much better than a store bought stand. ~ Lisa

  9. So cute! I’m loving the gold dots. I just purchased some gold dot burlap from Joann’s and plan to make some coasters as gifts and also a runner for my holiday table with it. These pedestals would look so good on the table!

  10. These are great! I love the menu board too. I must remember this idea for the holidays.

  11. LOVE!!!!!!!!

  12. Ooh, I love the gold. I made a few of these recently and use them all the time. I think I need another set in gold though. Love the round legs.
    Tonya Staab recently posted…Disney Princess: The Little Mermaid Movie Viewing Party


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