Three-dimensional (3D) serpentine mesostructures assembled by mechanics-guided, deterministic 3D assembly have potential applications in energy harvesting, mechanical sensing, and soft robotics. One limitation is that the serpentine structures are required to have sufficient bending stiffness such that they can overcome the adhesion with the underlying substrate to fully buckle into the 3D shape (global buckling). This note introduces the use of cellular substrate in place of conventional homogeneous substrate to reduce the adhesion energy and therefore ease the above limitation. A theoretical model based on energetic analysis suggests that cellular substrates significantly enlarge the design space of global buckling. Numerical examples show that the enlarged design space enables 3D serpentine structures with reduced maximum strains and resonant frequencies, which offers more possibilities for their potential applications.