A Cupcake Stand & Tutorial

I just love the look of cupcakes (and other delicious treats) all piled onto a pretty cupcake stand. It seems I’m always baking for one reason or another. To be honest I enjoy baking much more than cooking!
This project is pretty simple but makes a great statement. First, gather your supplies. I scour the thrift stores looking for plates with some character. I like plates that have a curved edge or that have a different shape. I also look for stemmed glasses with a little detail. You’ll need:
-3 plates (of differing sizes)
-2 glasses (I like to use two different sizes)
-some heavy duty glue (I used E6000)
-Enamel spray paint (I used Rust-Oleum in white)

The first thing I did was wash all the dishes. Next, I glued the bases of the glasses to the bottom of the two smallest plates (smallest glass glued to the smallest plate and the larger glass glued to the medium sized plate). I placed some books atop of the glasses to make sure they were good and glued.
Once that was dry I glued the top of the larger glass to the large plate, then glued the top of the smallest glass to the top of the medium plate. Are you still with me? This is what it looks like all glued together:
Once it’s completely dry (I let it dry overnight) it’s time to paint! I gave it a couple coats of the enamel paint and then turned it upside down, once it’s dry, and spray painted the underside. Make sure it’s completely dry before touching it, it does take awhile to fully dry.

Here is the final product!!! Ideally it would be filled with beautifully decorated cupcakes to accent the beautiful stand, but in reality the hubby is out of town for work and the kids are sick. So you get blueberry muffins!

Hope you enjoyed and let me know what you think!!!
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  1. That turned out so sweet! What a creative project! Your muffins look tempting in that dish.

  2. Painting that white makes it look so classy! Now it’s not just pieces and parts.

    Well done!

  3. Super cute! Thanks for checking out my Halloween Rag Wreath over at A Little Bit of Everything! I think I used around 1 yard of fabric but not really sure. I just used some fabric I already had on hand and I had different amounts of each.

  4. What a great tutorial. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I love this! I have never seen it sone with glasses as dividers. You are awesome! This may sound strange but when I was looking at the completed pictures I was like “wow look at all that milk glass that matches perfectly”…That just shows what a great job you did painting it, either that or I have got to stop spray painting so much! Thanks for linking up!

    love your guts

  6. I’ve been looking for plain plates to do this. DUH! Didn’t think of just painting them instead. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  7. This is soooo incredibly cute! Such a great idea. So funny to find this tonight because I was just getting ready to buy a cupcake stand from Pampered Chef for $40! And this is actually cuter!! Great job.

  8. That turned out great! I’ve been wanting to try something like this too, thanks for sharing!

  9. I love it! Looks fabulous!

  10. Love it! I did one of these too, but never thought to paint it all white!! I may have to do another one, so I can have one of each!! Here’s the link to mine: http://naturesheirloom.blogspot.com/2010/02/tiered-cupcake-stand.html

  11. I absolutely love it! I have some tiered cup/plate stands I’ve made, but never spray painted them! I wonder why… I love spray paint!

  12. i love love this idea…saw it on the today show…but like your version so much more…thanks!!

  13. Great job. I just bought some stuff to do this project.

    Thanks for the tutorial.


  14. Oooo, nice tutorial. Thanks for sharing. I have a new eye for those cast off plates at goodwill now.


  15. I love it! But tell me, is there any problem with putting food on that paint surface? I know that you have to be careful about “food grade” and such.

  16. Visiting from DIY Show Off — LOVE this idea!! Would also look awesome using bright colors too. Brilliant!

  17. Wow–I have got to try this. Thanks for sharing a great idea as well as great instructions. I really like your blog design!

  18. Cheryl, I plan to use either items in wrappers or I will line the plates with wax/parchment paper or dollies!!!

  19. Love it… love your variety!

  20. Super cool idea-and I can’t talk long…I’m off to search for plates and cups:) Th@nks!!!

  21. Cute..I have made a cake stand like this using an oversize plate and a large cup…but I did not paint it either. Like this.

  22. I just love this idea! I am doing something like this to display my desserts at my wedding this summer 🙂 I am a new follower and feel free to check out my new diy blog over at htt://shaydesoflife.blogspot.com

  23. I LOVE this! Definitely making it this weekend! This gives me just one more reason to go thrifting!


  24. I’m making this today! Question…is this spray paint safe for treats without a wrapping like cookies?? I’m having a cookie table at my wedding and I want to make a couple of these to display cookies.


  25. Very nice and sweet. However I liked it before you spray painted it. Maybe just painting the wine glasses and then glue them to the plates. I guess I liked the patterns on the plates you chose. But that is just me. Thanks so much for the information.
    Thanks Rebekah.

  26. My Mom did this project using turkey plates for Thanksgiving and holly plates for Christmas. She also used different size candle holders as the dividers.

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