DIY Tiered Cupcake Stand

We all love cupcakes, right? Cupcakes are the new 1/4 of a sheet cake, at least in our house.

I know that your Holiday parties are coming up fast and furious, right? And you’re like, Oh man, I have lovely Christmas treats to share with my friends but paper plates just aren’t going to cut it this time — I don’t want them to think I’m some kind of hobo who can’t place her Pinterest inspired sweet treats on proper place settings. But alas, what am I to do? I have spent all my money on Christmas gifts!

Your solution? A super-easy DIY tiered cupcake stand. It’s so easy, even the most un-crafty among us can do it. Plus? It could make a really cute gift for your favorite party-throwing friend you drew in the Secret Santa this year.

DIY Tiered Cupcake Stand

Supplies:

  • 2 Glass or metal trays — get the cheap kind from Big Lots or Walmart or check out your local Salvation Army or Goodwill for some thrifted plates. One should be heavier than the other.
  • 1 glass or metal candlestick holder — again, these are the types of items that people donate to thrift stores and are very affordable.
  • Spray paint (any color — try chalkboard spray paint for a customizable DIY Tiered Cupcake Stand or Martha Stewart Pearl Paint for an elegant look)
  • E600 glueGorilla Glue or other sturdy industrial glue
  • Brush-on gloss glaze or clear coat sealer spray paint (OPTIONAL)
1. Clean the glass or metal trays for your DIY tiered cupcake stand to remove any dirt or grime and give it a clean surface for the spray paint.
2. Spray paint the parts. You’ll have the top and bottom trays and the candlestick. Make sure you cover all the surfaces and the nooks and crannies. A note on the spray paint: I used black in this case, but you could literally use any color of the rainbow, or even a neutral or metallic color for a classic look. Chalkboard paint is also a really cool option that can let you (or your gift recipient) label treats, write their name or customize it in a variety of ways. Let the pieces of the DIY tiered cupcake stand dry throughly.
3. Assemble your pieces. Make sure you place your heaviest tray on the bottom. It’s important to have two trays that are slightly different weights so the DIY tiered cupcake stand doesn’t’ become too top heavy. Place a line of the  E600 glue to the bottom of the candlestick holder and place firmly in the center of the heaviest glass or metal tray. Place another line of  E600 glue on the top of the candlestick and carefully place the lighter tray on top. For good measure, place a heavy book or pot (something to help clamp the glue) on top of the whole shebang and let it stand for 24 hours to cure properly. Make sure you read the directions on your glue of choice to make sure you’re doing it right.
4. After 24 hours, clean up the tray with a wet paper towel. You’re done!
Get excited — you’re a crafting GENIUS!
The whole project (as long as you’re thrifting some of the elements) will cost you less than $20, which is about $30 less than you could buy a cupcake stand. Purchasing unusual looking platters and candle holders with unique designs will make your DIY tiered cupcake platter one-of-a-kind.

 

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