How to Make Stairs for a Wedding Cake

by Kyra Sheahan

Items you will need

  • Measuring tape
  • Ice pop sticks
  • White tempera paint
  • Glossy finish
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Toothpicks
  • Craft glue
  • Embellishments

When you have a multitiered wedding cake, you can connect the layers and embellish the look of the cake by adding miniature stairs. A doll-size staircase adds an elegant feature to your cake, giving guests something aesthetically pleasing to look at. After the cake has been baked, iced and assembled, you can add the stairs onto or around the tiers. Make sure the icing or fondant is already set before you include any of the staircase embellishments.

Step 1

Measure the length that you want the stairs to be on the cake. You might want your staircase to run from the base of the cake to the very top or just between a couple of the layers.

Step 2

Line up the ice pop sticks. Figure out how many sticks you need to use to meet the desired length for the staircase.

Step 3

Paint your wooden ice pop sticks white with tempera paint. Allow the sticks to dry. You can add a glossy finish to make the wood shine, which will help it stand out on the cake.

Step 4

Cut the ice pop sticks in half with scissors, if you need smaller sizes to get a better fit for the measurements.

Step 5

Paint the toothpicks white with the same tempera paint. The toothpicks will serve as the posts to the staircase, while the ice pop sticks act as the steps and rails. Let the toothpicks dry, and cut off the tips so that both ends of the toothpicks are flat.

Step 6

Build the stairs by laying one ice pop stick flat and gluing another ice pop stick to the edge, perpendicularly. Glue a third ice pop stick horizontally to the top of the perpendicular stick. Continue this pattern to create a step-effect with levels that increase and move upward.

Step 7

Glue the toothpick posts to both sides of the staircase. Decide how far to spread the toothpicks apart. You might want to place a toothpick on every step or every other step.

Step 8

Glue ice pop sticks to top of the toothpicks to creating one long rail that spans the length of the staircase. This top rail holds the toothpicks in place and finishes the look of the staircase.

Step 9

Embellish the stairs for the wedding cake. Make small bows out of white tulle and glue them to the various levels of the stairs, or decorate the stairs with glitter or sequins to make them shine.


  • Small pieces of timber also work effectively for building miniature stairs.

Photo Credits

  • Hemera Technologies/ Images

About the Author

Kyra Sheahan has been a writer for various publications since 2008. Her work has been featured in "The Desert Leaf" and "Kentucky Doc Magazine," covering health and wellness, environmental conservatism and DIY crafts. Sheahan holds an M.B.A. with an emphasis in finance.