DIY Tiered Cupcake Stands

May 7, 2010 at 10:31 PM | Posted in how-to | 18 Comments
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Confession: I have a cupcake/cake stand fetish. Whew! So glad I got that off my chest. Admission is step 1 in my program.

I have square ones, round ones, mini ones, wire ones… But I’m always in awe of the DIY versions that I find online or via fellow cupcake freaks that emailed them my way. I guess I have those poor souls fooled into thinking that I can actually make one of them. Suckers.

Just thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorites with my readers.

Click “source” for the direct link with instructions for each project.



I love how versatile this one is! You can just unscrew and switch out the parts to match your occasion or theme. Psst… Any excuse that directs me towards Anthropologie shopping is a VERY good thing.


Not to split hairs but this picture is more of a cake stand in my opinion but you can easily make it a cupcake tier by building up and using various size plates. I have a feeling I know what will be on my next flea market list. Bud vases! Candlesticks! Take heed of Kate’s note. No dishwasher for this one. Hand wash only.


I kinda new to DIY so forget projects that require power tools. I like all 10 fingers thank you very much. So this cupcake tier is right up my alley. Foam core boards. Ribbon. Paper. Glue stick. Totally doable. And it appeals to my current Modge Podge obsession. Genius.


Another foam board one! With round cake boards. And glue stick! I am way too excited about glue sticks. *sniff* Kidding kidding! Check out Cake Journal’s cake stand gallery (here) for more examples too.


I’m TOTALLY digging this terra cotta pots and saucer one. Now I have something I can do with all those neglected terra pots I have in my garage that I didn’t have the heart to throw away. RIP flowers. My black thumb is a gift. You wish you were as cool as me. Not.


Whoa. This one requires MDF and power tools and things I’ve never heard of before. Hex nuts? Threaded rod? But I love the idea of being able to switch out the panels for any occasion or theme.


There you have it.

Lovely aren’t they? Makes me feel so inferior with my lack of DIY abilities. But it’s just easier to let Martha Stewart mass produce them and I buy them. HA!

I’d love to see if any readers try to DIY their own cupcake stand. Hit me up with an email.

Well… I’m off to find those terra cotta pots. Peace out cupcake nerds.



  1. good luck w/ the pots…all great ideas!

  2. Thanks for featuring my stand! What’s funny is my idea came from the picture below it. There were very few tutorials on the web about a year ago when I began to search a DIY stand. I made one out of wood too but I prefer the foam core. Cost is under $20 to make a stand to hold 100-110 cupcakes. The 1st one I used was $45. I knew I could make it for less. Now I modify them according to how many cupcakes are being made.

    Thanks again for the feature!

  3. I love these ideas! I have so many plastic plates in different themes they would make even better tiered stands! Thanks for the great ideas!

  4. Making your our stand sounds like a lot of work, but the easiest one I’ve seen made is similar to the 2nd picture in your post. My friend picked up the dishes at an antique shop and glued the stand to the dish. Right now I’m doing a giveaway for an Eco-Cupcake Stand on my blog. Check it out.

  5. Thanks for featuring our (labor intensive/power tools needed) stand! =) Ours is quite a project but it’s incredibly sturdy and great for those who plan to use and re-use it for other events since you can swap out the panels. It was hard for me to get rid of our stand after the wedding – I put it in the corner and displayed photos on it until another bride convinced me to sell it. =) Now we’re about to make a smaller version for my baby shower…another great excuse for more cupcakes – yay!

  6. I hate the photo in my post, but I made this one ages ago. The whole thing cost about 5 quid, and it was DIRT simple to make!

    Love the blog btw – I’m new!

  7. Wanted to tell you THANK YOU for posting this! I graduated from college last weekend and really wanted a custom stand for my cupcakes I made. Perfect timing! I’m writing about it now, so you should see how it turned out!

  8. Thanks for the idea of the terra cotta pot cake stand, i want to make a tiered cake stand to organize my jewelry on and i wanted it to have raised edges so things would be less likely to fall off, this is a great idea, thanks!

  9. Love the ideas. Thanks for sharing!

  10. hi,
    I saw this post and it couldn’t stop reminding me of how I made a stand recently for my aunt!! I used cake boards, toilet rolls, kitchen towel rolls and pretty wrapping paper! Check these out! My mom was sooo angry when she found her stash of toilet paper rolls and kitchen towel rolls, well, roll-less… :)

    Just thought I share some ideas! My aunt loved the stand so much she kept it and we take it out for future parties!

  11. There are some lovely ideas here. I have seen’s stand before and love it’s simplicity and pretty colours, also really adore the drama of the black and white stand – that’s gonna make an impact at any event.

  12. Agree with the above comment, the pink stand from Cake Journal is great. Looks really nice but simple. I’ve seen so many wire cake stands recently in the shops and I really dont like them – would much prefer the cake journal one.

  13. Really nice. Since the increase in popularity of cupcakes their has been loads of “designer” cupcake stands popping up – I’ve seen some which have 4 figure price tags on them!

  14. Thank you so much this it was of great help. Muchas gracias.

  15. Hey, I keep trying to look at the instructions on your stand, but the links never get there–I get a “this page does not exist” instead. :(
    Are the instructions still available, just in a different place, or…?

  16. So sorry Alicia! I had some issues with our blog, tried to do some updates and pretty much messed up all the permalinks. =( I did repost the instructions here:

  17. Good luck with all the decorating ideas. I just love cupcakes and sweets.

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