Cake Stand From Tree Trunk?

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dawncr Posted 19 Jun 2008 , 10:53pm
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Anyone know where I might find a stand like these? I'm hoping to find one for an October wedding. I've seen several of these in photos recently, and I'm hoping I don't have to make my own.

This first example is from Martha Stewart, and I can't remember where I nabbed the second one.

http://www.marthastewart.com/article/woodland-cakes-sweet-songbirds
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antonia74 Posted 20 Jun 2008 , 1:01am
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You just walk into a forest or your local woodpile and cut a large stump with a chainsaw, then you can use a spirit level and a sander to make sure it is perfectly flat. icon_confused.gif It's not that complicated, honestly.

I'm pretty sure there won't be a lot of stores around that sell stumps for home decor or cake stands. It's kind of something that's not in huge demand and simple enough to make your own. icon_lol.gif

Granted, if you don't have tools or aren't in an area with forests....I'm sure any local carpenter/woodworker would be able to provide you with one. Make sure to use the roundest one you can find with a diameter of about 14" or so. (It's really heavy!!)

If you just can't get your hands on one, you can also just use a silver plateau stand or even a styrofoam cake dummy and just wrap it in birch bark around the edges. That's a beautiful alternative and much lighter!

Here's one I use. My dad just grabbed it from the cottage woodpile...
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Doug Posted 20 Jun 2008 , 2:16am
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Originally Posted by antonia74

You just walk into a forest or your local woodpile and cut a large stump with a chainsaw, then you can use a spirit level and a sander to make sure it is perfectly flat. icon_confused.gif It's not that complicated, honestly




I don't know why, but this induced: ROFLMAO!!!!!!


Chainsaws -- the newest cake decorating tool! icon_surprised.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_lol.gif

wgoat5 Posted 20 Jun 2008 , 2:18am
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LOL actually I think this is funny also.. cause right before my dad died a man came and cut a large oak tree down... then sold the hunks for 50.00 a piece (they were maybe a ft. and 1/2 tall.

marthajo1 Posted 20 Jun 2008 , 2:49am
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You should hear how much the stump of a good old walnut goes for!!

Very pretty

wgoat5 Posted 20 Jun 2008 , 2:51am
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LMAO

They are pretty.. but remember the 70 style stump tables LOL

I even seen someone carve chairs out of them icon_sad.gif UGHHH

marthajo1 Posted 20 Jun 2008 , 2:56am
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Woah!! Check out this one....

http://katiejon.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default (all the way at the bottom!)
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wgoat5 Posted 20 Jun 2008 , 3:00am
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now that is just a little OVER the top don't ya think? LOL

Misdawn Posted 20 Jun 2008 , 3:13am
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PMG...my mother will be so excited! She's been dying for a reason to break out her new chainsaw! (She's a bit of a tomboy!)

MichelleM77 Posted 20 Jun 2008 , 2:11pm
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My sister did this for her wedding last July. That's exactly what she did. She cut down an Aspen in her backyard (she is in the mountains outside of Denver) and her hubby made sure it was level. That's all there is too it.

She also took a bunch of smaller aspens, cut them into logs, drilled about three holes in a row in each one, and dropped a votive candle in for centerpieces on the tables. The lady at the reception hall loved them so much that she bought them from my sister that night!

Speaking of walnut, my other sister just had a walnut tree in her backyard cut down and sold it! If anyone wants one, I have one in my backyard. Those nuts are driving me, well, nutty!!!

wgoat5 Posted 20 Jun 2008 , 2:16pm
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LMAO Michelle.. I have a hickory tree.. UGHHHH.. watch out whilst mowing... get hit with flying hickory nuts LOL

anoldhippy Posted 20 Jun 2008 , 7:44pm
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I love this idea! Do you need to coat the top with anything? I love the shiny loook. Could you varnish it so that you can wipe it off and resuse?

wgoat5 Posted 20 Jun 2008 , 9:20pm
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cut slice of log out.... sand... varnish ... voila icon_smile.gif

yep wipe down and reuse.. but where would ya store one without it causing a problem (ie bugs..etc?)

ALSO... you have to give these things a while to air out... because if there is bugs of some kind in it .. it would take a while for all of them to leave icon_sad.gif


all ya need is a anty wedding cake BLAH

gottabakenow Posted 20 Jun 2008 , 9:31pm
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Originally Posted by wgoat5

cut slice of log out.... sand... varnish ... voila icon_smile.gif




you make it sound like a piece of cake! (icon_lol.gif no pun intended, altho that turned out funnier that i though it would... i meant it like you make it sound like you're actually cutting a piece of cake but it sounds like i was saying u make it easy.)

and BY THE WAY- didn't u hear? the wedding magazines all say that the newest trend is anty wedding cakes! don't want to get in the way of what the MAGAZINES say, do we now?

MichelleM77 Posted 20 Jun 2008 , 9:31pm
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Yah, my sister did it the day before her wedding, but then again she couldn't blame anyone but herself if she had an anty wedding cake. icon_smile.gif I hear they are good protein anyway.

gottabakenow Posted 20 Jun 2008 , 9:34pm
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I hear they are good protein anyway.




see?

see?????

the magazines are promoting good health.

lesson: make your tree stands the day before your wedding. if you don't, you're losing good protein.

wgoat5 Posted 20 Jun 2008 , 9:37pm
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Only if it is chocolate cake icon_wink.gif .. chocolate covered ants are the BOMB icon_biggrin.gif

gottabakenow Posted 20 Jun 2008 , 9:41pm
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lol i'm trying to restrain myself from mentioning something in particular... something that's healthy too- but i WON'T mention it. even though it's funny.

ya know, spare jeanne some teasing.

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(what? whats that ur saying? i DIDN'T mention nothin'! i DIDN'T!)

MichelleM77 Posted 20 Jun 2008 , 9:54pm
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are you talkin about "exercise?"

gottabakenow Posted 20 Jun 2008 , 9:56pm
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who me? no, i was just gonna mention a few oreo thingy's. jeanne i could fill them with ants if you like that better than tofu!

aligotmatt Posted 20 Jun 2008 , 10:11pm
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I have an October bride who wanted that tree base, I told her to make it and have it at the reception site for me. She emailed me a few days ago and said her dad cut down a tree for her and she had the stand! I may try to buy it from her.

MichelleM77 Posted 20 Jun 2008 , 10:37pm
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OHHH....hee hee.

dawncr Posted 20 Jun 2008 , 11:23pm
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Thanks, everyone.

It looks like I'll be making one, although I'm not sure I trust myself with a chain saw. Really, though, how much harder could it be than a kitchenaid? icon_wink.gif

I may just contact a local woodworking shop or someone who advertises wood for fireplaces. I'd bet they'd know someone who'd cut one for me.


PS Cake Central is GREAT!

dawncr Posted 20 Jun 2008 , 11:38pm
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Thanks, everyone.

It looks like I'll be making one, although I'm not sure I trust myself with a chain saw. Really, though, how much harder could it be than a kitchenaid? icon_wink.gif

I may just contact a local woodworking shop or someone who advertises wood for fireplaces. I'd bet they'd know someone who'd cut one for me.


PS Cake Central is GREAT!

bizatchgirl Posted 21 Jun 2008 , 1:29am
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OMG. Laughing out loud. My BIL probably thinks I'm a nut. Had no interest in a log stand of my own. I'm sure glad I kept on reading anyway. You never know what random craziness will bust out in these threads!

tarheel Posted 21 Jun 2008 , 1:38am
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My neice wanted tree stumps as her wedding cake stands. My brother got a friend to cut them....make sure your table will hold the extra weight. We used concrete blocks under for extra support.

I don't know how to put a picture here but you can see it at www.gracefulcakes.com if you want to take a look.

It wasn't hard, really, just took more muscles than I have to lift them up onto the table!

jammjenks Posted 21 Jun 2008 , 3:52am
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Originally Posted by wgoat5

LMAO Michelle.. I have a hickory tree.. UGHHHH.. watch out whilst mowing... get hit with flying hickory nuts LOL




Oh dear...I just got a visual...

marthajo1 Posted 21 Jun 2008 , 4:42am
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tarheel-- that is really pretty! I especially like it with the satellite cakes!

tarheel Posted 21 Jun 2008 , 3:01pm
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Thank you for the nice comments. It was what my neice wanted!

Kitty484 Posted 22 Jun 2008 , 7:39am
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We had a 'tree' as our wedding cake stand! We had cupcakes with fondant cala lillies on top of each one and the guy who did them for us had an amazing stand that he'd made himself. I'll try to post a pic but it was basically a log about 2-3 feet tall that he had screwed a flat base onto. He had then attached 'branches' at regular points up the sides and made flat plates on the ends out of log sections. There were little clusters of cupcakes on each log plate. We had a Christmas wedding and the florist covered it with ivy and calas to match my bouquet and the room decs. Everyone said it was the weirdest but most amazing cake they'd ever seen lol! We had a fruit cake at the bottom for cutting as well.

I will upload the pic to my gallery and you can see it there.

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