the stand in action (before finishing)
What you'll need:
12" round wood table top/bar stool seat
11/64" bit (or 3/16" if you want a little more wiggle room)
Ruler or piece of paper
Acrylic craft paint
Small paint brush
Drop cloth or large piece of cardboard
I lieu of a piece of styrofoam for holding cake pops, I decided to make a stand out of wood. I picked up a pre-cut piece of wood at Menards and went to town drilling, measuring and finishing.
The board is mainly for holding the pops while they dry then for photographing, but you can also use it for presentation. I had cake pops handy so I could determine how far apart to make the holes. I marked the distance on a piece of paper and used it for reference. You could use an acutal ruler, but I didn't want to go looking for mine—paper was easier!
A compass comes in really handy (but isn't absolutely necessary). Find the center of the board, adjust the size to match the right distance...
Draw a circle
Make cross hatch mark at the correct distance along the circle & drill at the intersections.
You can drill all the way through if you want, but I decided (after drilling two holes all the way through) that drilling MOST of the way through is better. That way you can pick up the board with pops in it and they won't slide down! I'll just fill the bottoms of those holes with wood putty.
Lightly sand with fine sand paper or a fine sanding block.
Then all you have to do is paint it. Acrylic craft paint is the best because it comes in a bunch of colors and is really thick—covers great. But you can use regular wall paint if that's what you have handy.
After painting, be sure to put a stick in each hole and wiggle it around a bit so the paint doesn't block the holes as it dries.
I painted mine white to keep it simple, but I think it would be really fun to have them in different colors to match the holiday or occasion. Have fun with it!