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Cupcake Stand – Inexpensive Party Essential

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Last weekend was Little Lady’s 3rd birthday party.  It was a girly bunny theme, lots of pink and purple and hopping kids.  For dessert we needed to have a carrot cake of course, but also pink and purple cupcakes (all specifically requested by the birthday girl).  I wanted the cupcakes to stand out above the cake so I went out to purchase a 3 tiered stand.  That proved to be too expensive, sure I would use it once a year or so but just didn’t want to spend the money.

I searched around for a quick and easy disposable stand I could make, and Pinterest did not disappoint!  Classy Clutter’s DIY Cupcake Stand is an easy to follow tutorial for a cupcake stand she made for her son’s birthday.  Just what I was looking for.  She has a nice detailed tutorial I encourage you to check out.  I followed it for the most part with a few alterations.

Cupcake stand

Here is what I used:

  • 1 sheet foam board (plus a pencil, fabric tape measure, and craft knife)
  • 1 rectangle of Styrofoam
  • 2 cans of food
  • Thick white paper
  • Pink polka dot ribbon
  • Hot glue
Cupcake stand supplies

I measured 3 circles at 12″, 9″ and 6″ then cut them using a craft knife.  I tried to get a smooth edge but it doesn’t have to be perfect, it will be covered with ribbon.

For the base of the stand I cut 3 small rectangles from a larger rectangle of Styrofoam.  I arranged this on the bottom and secured with hot glue.

cupcake stand base

To conceal the edges of the circles I hot glued ribbon to the edges of each tier.  Then to assemble I just stacked the circles on paper wrapped cans.  No glue necessary.

cupcake stand

This served my purpose and fit all 24 cupcakes, the bottom circle can hold more than shown.

cupcake stand

I could reuse this but after a long party and lots of sticky fingers in the trash it went, and for the couple bucks I spent I was ok with that.

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Tuesday 14th of January 2014

Oh my!! That was so easy to make. You are so creative. Pinning. Make it a great day.


Wednesday 15th of January 2014

Thanks Megan!

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Monday 13th of January 2014

This is great! I was just looking at cake stands a the store today!

Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog

Monday 13th of January 2014

It turned out so cute! Awesome job, Sarah! Have a great week!

~Abby =)


Monday 13th of January 2014

Thanks Abby.

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