Monday, March 28, 2011

DIY: cupcake stands!

Who doesn't love a good cupcake? I mean SERIOUSLY, I love cupcakes. Unfortunately, cupcakes do not play a big part in my Weight Watchers lifestyle change :) (More on my WW journey in another post!)

But, for a birthday party, cupcakes have become my favorite way for everyone to have their own little mini birthday cake. On a trip to my favorite Dollar Tree I started brainstorming ways to copy my Pottery Barn cupcake stand that I picked up several years ago. I only had one because I'm pretty sure they were rather expensive. For K's upcoming birthday there will be 4 kiddos so I could easily afford to make a cupcake stand for each kid. With supplies and the glass, I make all 4 of these cupcake stands for about $15! WAYYYY less than what I paid for 1 of the PB cupcake stands.


glass candlestick, round candle plate and glass vase ($1 for each piece from the Dollar Tree)

E6000 glue


hot glue


scrapbooking paper

Step 1: Glue the round candle plate to the candlestick with a generous amount of E600 glue. Let dry overnight.

Step 2: Spray paint your glued piece in your choice of color. I did 2 pink and 2 gray for the 2 girls and 2 boys that will be at the party.

Step 3: Hot glue a piece of ribbon around the vase that will become the dome on the stand. This helps distract from the fact that it is actually a vase :)

Step 4: Cut circles from scrapbooking paper. I chose to cut two different sizes of circles and stack them to incorporate the book pages that I'm using throughout the party decor.

Step 5: Place the circles on the top of the stand. As a note of caution, do NOT put food directly on the cupcake stand if you spray paint it. The scrapbooking paper serves as a barrier, and the cupcakes will be in a cupcake wrapper. Just being extra cautious!

Step 6: Place your treat on the stand and put the dome on top. (I didn't have any cupcakes handy, but you get the idea with Kate's wooden petit fours!)

And that's it! A delightfully simple and adorable way to make your cupcakes look extra special! A new friend I met through my blog sent me a link to the most delicious looking mint julep cupcakes that will be making an appearance at the party. For the kiddos though, I'm going to splurge on a few Abby Girl Sweets cupcakes....and maybe sneak one for myself. (1 cupcake = bazillion Weight Watchers points, but who's counting?)

Next DIY post: Treat buckets! I'm starting to feel the pressure on getting stuff done for the party. Only about 6 weeks left and SO much to do. Besides all of the party planning going on, we are still looking for a renter and starting to pack up some things in our house. We've been having quite a few showings so between packing, constantly cleaning and having house showings I've been slacking on the party planning. In other exciting news, our blueprints for our new house will be done next week!!!!! YIKES!!!! Somebody rent our house!!!


sara said...

Awww...they look great! I'll have to photograph mine to show you. Also, I can't find silver cupcake liners for the mint julep cupcakes anywhere. Have you looked? I thought they were very basic, common in most groceries.

Ihlamurcum said...

Good idea, thanks.