My very first cupcake stand was one I constructed for my daughter’s first birthday. It was a little on the flimsy side and very basic but it did the trick. Since then I’ve practiced my technique a little bit and thought I would share it with you if you’d like to try making your own personalized stand.
The great thing about making your own stand is that it is cheaper than purchasing a stand and you can add your own touch to it to really make it your own. This stand was made for use during the holidays. The classic combination of blue and silver allows you to use it into the New Year.
Believe it or not most of the items I needed for construction I actually already had at home. Here is what you will need to make this stand:
- Cake bases (2-3 cake circles hot glued together work just as well)
- Styrofoam circles (to separate the layers)
- Decorative paper (I used some vinyl paper with a sticky back)
- Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
- Ribbon (1.5 and 0.5 inches in width)
- Craft glue for paper
- Push pins (may be used to help hold the ribbon in place before applying the glue)
The first thing you want to do is get your stand tiers together. For this stand I actually used cake bases for the larger two tiers (10″ and 8″) and three cake circles hot glued together for the smallest tier (6″).
Next I would suggest preparing the tier separators. I used styrofoam circles which I hot glued together until I got the height I was looking for. You may also use canned goods or any other round, smooth, and sturdy surface. Using a 1.5″ ribbon and some hot glue, gently affix the ribbon in a downward cascading motion until fully covered.
Next, use each of your tiers to trace the circles onto your paper. This will ensure your circles are just the right size to perfectly cover your stand tiers. Once your done tracing, cut them out.
Cover your tiers with the paper of your choice. For this stand I found vinyl paper with a sticky back. Not only is it pretty, it has a wipeable surface and it was on sale!! If your paper does not have a sticky back, simply use some paper glue to affix it to each tier.
Once your tiers are covered in the paper, you can begin affixing the ribbon to the edges to create a really neat and pretty look.
Make sure you find the center of each tier so that you can place the tier separators directly in the center. Next affix the first tier separator on the largest tier.