How to Make a Farmhouse Tiered Stand Out of Junk

If you’ve been coveting one of those fancy tiered stands that you see in all the magazines and in stores like HomeGoods, then you’ll enjoy today’s post. I’ll be taking you step-by-step through the process of making your own farmhouse tiered stand.

The key to making them is a special double-ended screw that costs less than 40¢ and can be found at any hardware store. Once you have this piece, making a tiered stand becomes a fairly simple project, made with simple tools and simple parts. 

BTW, if you’re visiting from DIY Idea Center, welcome!! I’m so glad you dropped by. If you’re looking for similar projects, check out this pedestal stand DIY or this one here.

make a farmhouse tiered stand out of junk
I’m pleased to introduce my country/farmhouse tiered stand, great for decorating or using in your kitchen or craft room for storage. The beauty of this project, for me, is using junky materials that I already had on hand. I’ve made three stands so far and they are very popular in my antique booth.

That said, if you don’t happen to have the perfect pieces of junk on hand, then I’ve found some supplies on Amazon that can serve as good substitutes (see below).

Materials for Creating a Tiered Stand

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Set of three vintage cake tinsFor me, this project all started with these three baking pans that I picked up at a garage sale–three for $1. Their worn gray surface made them great candidates for a farmhouse-style tiered stand. (I only used two for today’s project.)

I recommend scouring garage sales and thrift stores for your own set as the aged appearance is hard to replicate. However, if you do end up buying some new aluminum pans to make your stand, you can try “aging” them by applying toilet cleaner with a paper towel and letting them sit overnight. Rinse thoroughly the next day.

Alternatively, you can buy aging formulas at craft stores, or use black and rust-colored spray paint like I did for this lantern project.

Habitat ReStore dowelShortly after I found the vintage cake pans, I picked up this long baluster at the Habitat ReStore for $3.50, thinking it was the perfect size to use between the cake tins.

If you end up buying new, unfinished balusters, you can apply stain to darken their appearance if you choose.

Supplies for vintage tiered standOn the left you see the [double-headed] dowel screws you’ll need for this project. You’ll also need a regular screw and washer, along with four round, wooden pulls (or doll heads) that are flat on one side. 

How to Choose the “Right” Handle

Choices for handleI searched through my stash of wooden handles and finials and came up with these two as possibilities.

Potential handle too shortI rejected this red wooden one as being too small (and ultimately rejected the plain wooden one as too long).

In order to ensure your stand is “balanced,” you have to mix and match until you find the sizes you need. It’s kind of an aha moment when you see that all your pieces work together harmoniously.

Close up of handle on vintage tiered standI settled on the finial because of its lovely urn shape and because it matched the color of my baluster.

[Note: I cut off the short dowel end of the finial with my miter saw to create a nice, flat surface.]

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Step 1: Pierce Holes in the Pans 

Making a nail hole in a vintage cake panPierce the center of your cake tins with a nail, making sure both your screws will fit through the hole. In photo #3, you see the jaggedy backside of the hole. I flattened it in photo #4 with a few taps of my hammer.

Step 2: Cut the Baluster for Your Tiered Stand

Start the screw hole with a nail and hammerCut your baluster to the appropriate size for fitting between the two pans. Use a bench grip and hand saw, a manual miter saw, or an electric miter saw (my choice). The correct length for my tiered stand was 4.5″. 

Step 3: Insert the Dowel Screw

Screw in with a wrenchDrill a pilot hole into (1) both ends of the baluster and (2) on the bottom of the handle/finial. Insert the dowel screw into one end of the baluster, using pliers if it gets difficult to make the turns.

Step 4: Assemble the Tiered Stand

One end of double screw inserted in handleInsert the other end of the dowel screw into the hole you made in the center of your small cake tin.

Insert the handle/finial onto the screw and turn tightly until the pan is held tightly between the handle and the baluster. Use the screw and washer to attach the larger cake tin to the bottom of the baluster.

Directions for inserting screws in farmhouse tiered standI know it can be confusing to imagine how it all fits together, so here’s a diagram, just in case 🙂

Step 5: Attach the Feet to Your Tiered Stand

Close up of lower level and feetStain your round “feet” to match your baluster and finial. After the stain dries, sand the flat sides of the feet and the spot on the bottom of the tin where you plan to glue them.

Use some quality glue meant for wood and metal to attach the feet, following the directions on the package. [I used Weldbond, my favorite.]

The Finished Tiered Stand

Empty vintage tiered standAnd your project is complete!

Farmhouse tiered stand made of vintage cake tins I noticed two other stands this week, one at  Clockwork Interiors and the other at Knick of Time.  I guess it’s the season for tiered stands.

Looking down on vintage tiered stand I enjoyed filling mine with greens and lemons.

Closeup of pomegranate with tiered stand in backgroundI brought it up to my antique booth at the Gristmill Antique Center, priced at $28.00 and it sold very quickly!

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  1. Your stand looks great! I’m sure it will be a quick sell — the prices in the stores are crazy! Thanks for the shout out. It’s appreciated. Take care!

  2. I love your tiered stand, it looks awesome. Thanks for sharing your instructions! They are easy to understand!

  3. You are so creative, Diana! I am amazed at the process because I never would have seen that in those pieces. Did you use washers on both sides of that double ended screw (one of the inside of the top tin and one on the bottom of the top tin)? ~ Rheta

  4. So cute! I love the soft colored metal against the wood, it looks beautiful! I recently made a stand from an angel food cake pan, I joined your vintage link party with it!


  5. Diana, I had to laugh at what you said about making a list for hardware needed only to leave at home and then racking your brain to remember what it was that you were suppose to get at the hardware store. Been there and done that many times. Love your finished project especially the little balls on the bottom of the pan. Really gives it that special touch!

  6. I love the tiered stands. The best thing is each one is different. I bet this one will fly out the door, it’s so cute.

  7. I saw the other two stands you mentioned in your post and I love all three. They are all so different but share the farmhouse vibe.

  8. Beyond cool, Diana! And so simple I think I might be able to do it myself! I’m going to start looking for the right parts. The little round feet just set it off. So cute!

  9. One of the best one I have seen. Adding the little feet really made it. I have supplies to make several, but can’t seem to get around to it.

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  15. Really enjoyed this tutorial. I made an 18″ doll-sized one from toy cake pans and small wooden candle spindles! You know how I “think small” sometimes! Still collecting spindles and pans, trying to get a wider choice going!

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