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How to make a cupcake stand in 5 easy steps.

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Oh my goodness! What a lovely gift to give! This tutorial for how to make a cupcake stand (or mini cake stand!) is easy to make!

There are projects that I am so very excited about that I forgo important work so that I can make them. This mini domed cake stand/cupcake stand is one of them. Like the diy ring dish tutorial I recently did for a Christmas gift, this domed cake stand is so quick and easy it’s downright shameful. So of course, I have to share the simple steps for how to make a cupcake stand (or mini-cake) with you so you can make one of your own!  This will quickly become your go-to gift.

There are many wonderful tutorials for creating your own cake stands. But, this domed version is a special twist. Of course, the mini size of this stand (don’t worry, you can do a full version!) adds to the adorableness and is perfect for cupcakes. A mini domed cake stand would be a gift that most anyone would be pleased to receive especially if it comes with a cupcake! Honestly though, I’m keeping this one. I love it!

  domed cake stand materials


Materials needed for cupcake stand:

  • bowl
  • small plate
  • small cup, egg cup, sundae dish, or candlestick
  • large bead or knob
  • E6000 or similarly strong clear, waterproof glue

This is when you splurge on that beautiful bowl and plate set you saw, or the gorgeous hand painted bead you love.  I went to a local store for my dish set and had a hard time choosing WHICH set to get. You could try your local thrift store and see what you can find. Or, I’m crushing on this set on Amazon (even wondering if that much could work in place of the egg cup. hmmmm…)

Note: A drawer knob will work for the top if you can remove the screw and it will still look nice. Otherwise, a large bead works well.

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Nellie is the founder of NellieBellie, and takes basically every photograph you've ever seen on this site. She also runs our web design business, the Savvy Sites Administration.


  1. Signet

    October 2, 2015 at 8:21 am

    How do you hide the writing on the bottom side of the bowl that you use for the dome ( we all know that the writing is there ) . Glueing a bead isn’t going to hide that ????????

    • Nellie

      October 2, 2015 at 10:28 am

      First, try to pick a bowl that has smaller writing. Second, a white porcelain pen paint is a quick easy way to hide it if necessary. However, the use of the large knob absolutely did a great job hiding that. But again, mine was probably fairly small writing. I did mention these steps in the post, btw. It’s a good question!

  2. Kathy

    September 3, 2015 at 1:38 am

    I love this idea! This is really cool! I would love to see it bigger than a cupcake. I think it would be neat to just get white ones and hand paint them. That way you could tell entire stories with many small ones or in one large cake stand.

    • Nellie

      September 4, 2015 at 3:33 pm

      A bigger one would be a bowl and plate maybe? Or candlestick. And wouldn’t this be great for a buffet table of desserts :).

  3. GW

    May 1, 2015 at 1:41 am

    Do you know what I can use to remove the E6000 from a plate stand I made? The plate cracked and I want to separate the candlestick from the plate. I’ve not found anything yet that works. Thanks in advance. Love your ideas.

    • the Bellie

      May 1, 2015 at 6:21 pm

      Unfortunately, we don’t actually know what works. Sorry!

  4. Sharda Lewis

    December 28, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    I want to use this as a template to make a bigger one for myself. That is a pretty pattern for the dishes.

    • the Bellie

      December 29, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      Aren’t those dishes pretty? And this cake stand is super easy to translate to a bigger one! Hope it works out well for you!

  5. Linda

    September 18, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Love the mini dome dish. I think I will try it as gifts. Maybe even the Christmas bazaar. I also purchased
    D this summer a bird feeder that was made from glass bowls and glass drinking glasses. It is beautiful. The lady was also selling tea cups as bird feeders. Amazing ideas.

    • the Bellie

      September 19, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      Glad you like it! And it does make a great Christmas gift. And those bird feeders sound just adorable!

  6. Gale M

    August 30, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Grammar and spelling are never optional if you want people to read what you’ve written. Converational, informal writing is fine in a blog. Seriously, there is a large segment of DIYers who know grammar. Don’t alienate them, and grow your audience.

    This is a pretty plate and bowl. I know cake stands from Dollar Tree are all over Pinterest, but they don’t have the dome which is why I didn’t bother. This changes things.

    • Nellie

      August 30, 2014 at 10:31 am

      oh yes, we agree. The comment about grammar was in response to one of the comments from our readers making a mistake in it’s versus its. We were just letting her know we didn’t hold it against her. It wasn’t a general comment directed as a whole. And, I do agree about grammar. And, I am not the best in the grammar and spelling department. I try, but it is difficult for me. That is why I brought on Lanet who is has English in her resume background. She has a big job helping keep the conversational tone and still have good grammar. Poor girl! Have a great weekend!

    • Tobhiyah

      December 10, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      Hey Ladies! Yes, grammar is great. A friend & I were just discussing how much punctuation can make a difference as we planned a label for our Homemade Balm Bomb (heals & protects for everywhere- but sex v.s. Heals, protects from everything but sex). We had a good laugh at that! Aaaanyway, as for your blog….I don’t care if you text it in abbreviations…it’s sooo gooood I would figure it out!! Just look at all that fantastic eye candy (aka pictures). Anyone who might criticize your spelling or grammar when you’re great enough to share all your SuperFantasticDyNoMite ideas with us doesn’t deserve to get to see them! We’re not here for the English lesson; Thank You very much!

  7. MJ

    August 21, 2014 at 11:26 am

    GRAMMAR is NEVER optional :0

  8. Chloe Crabtree

    July 27, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Just adorable! I will have my eye out for the perfect dishes to create one (or more) of these. What perfect holiday gifts with treats tucked inside!

  9. Megan @ Our Pinteresting Family

    June 23, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! I love it!

  10. kim

    April 8, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Love this! Will the glue hold the bigger version well? Say for standard sized bunt cake maybe? This says mini, what size is mini? Want to make for a wedding gift. Thanks!!

    • the Bellie

      April 10, 2014 at 9:10 am

      We think so…but we haven’t made the larger version…

    • Holly

      April 25, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      A regular sized (say, 10 to 16oz) bowl and salad plate makes a mini. That’s pretty easy to imagine, I think, as far as size of the mini. Of course, the base plus bowl depth, plus topper would determine it’s helght. Thanks so much for this great idea! I think my mom will really love this and might even hire me to make her a few to sell!

      • Holly

        April 25, 2014 at 1:02 pm

        *determine ITS height, not it’s (lol)

        • the Bellie

          April 25, 2014 at 1:47 pm

          Proper grammar is optional on the internet…:)

      • Holly

        April 25, 2014 at 1:04 pm

        Oh! What would be darling – make one with children’s porcelain dishware.

  11. Tammy

    April 8, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Adorable…love it! Great tutorial!

  12. carol

    April 3, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Supper cute to go with a little girls tea set found by accident but will def use this maybe i will even have my scouts make thier moms one for mothers day

    • the Bellie

      April 4, 2014 at 8:04 am

      Accidental finds on the internet are the best kind! And these would be great Moms Day gifts!

  13. Heather {Woods of Bell Trees}

    March 30, 2014 at 5:35 am

    I LOVE this sooooo much!!! I am glad you didn’t spend $148! :D I’ve wanted a cake stand for forever, but I either don’t like what I find or they’re $$$$

    • the Bellie

      March 31, 2014 at 8:30 am

      Isn’t that the worst? Finding something you love, then realizing you can’t/shouldn’t buy it? We hate that. And it happens ALL the time. Glad this will help you get what you wanted at a price that makes sense!

  14. Jamie @ Anderson and Grant

    March 20, 2014 at 10:37 am

    I love this idea…..It looks fantastic and would be so easy to make. It can be customized for whatever style fits into your own decor, which is great. Pier One is one of my favorite places to shop, too!!!!

  15. lynn

    March 13, 2014 at 7:25 am

    I know this is an old post, but I serendipitously found your site through another site, and another site, etc. Surfing the web does that.
    I adore domed cake plates but can’t afford the ones sold in the stores. I can make this and I think it is beautiful. Thank you for this idea….so nice.

    • postitmaster

      March 13, 2014 at 8:10 am

      We’re so glad you like it!!! And that you found this site. It’s interesting how you make discoveries online, isn’t it?

  16. Julie

    March 7, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Love the ideal will be making them for friend’s and family

  17. Jessie Gadbury

    February 23, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Where, oh where, did you get those adorable dishes??? I’m in love with the pattern! BTW, I love your beautiful cake stand too:)

    • miznelliebellie

      February 23, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      Aren’t those dishes lovely!! We found those at Pier One.

      • Jessie Gadbury

        February 23, 2014 at 10:20 pm

        Thank you so much!

  18. Jen

    February 15, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    In response to Loop, the E6000 does hold a larger plate. I have made the large cake stands (similar process) with this glue and they have held up under use and wash for over a year now. Love this mini dome idea. It’s going into my to-do list for b’day gift with cute cupcake.

    • miznelliebellie

      February 16, 2014 at 8:19 am

      Good to know!! Thanks for the info. Awwww, that would be a-dor-a-ble with a cupcake!

  19. cstoufflet

    February 14, 2014 at 11:33 am

    This is so cute and pretty! I think I am going to have to make some for Mother’s day gifts. Love it!

    • postitmaster

      February 14, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      That’s a great idea! We hadn’t thought of using this for Mother’s Day. Thanks!

  20. Loop

    February 1, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Or maybe I should stop asking about it, and go to goodwill and buy a few plates to try my drill out on! haha

  21. Loop

    February 1, 2014 at 12:02 am

    I need to make one, or 20 of these! Do you think it would be possible to drill a hole in the bowl and put a real handle on it with a washer m post and then the bead? I was thinking of using a full sized plate and ceramic mixing bowl, but worry that glue wouldn’t be strong enough to hold a large bowl?

    • miznelliebellie

      February 4, 2014 at 12:58 pm

      hmmm…that’s a good question. I imagine that most of those strong glues would hold. Let me know what you find out! We would be curious!

    • Aimee

      March 3, 2014 at 6:16 am

      You can drill a hole in the ceramic/glass. If you choose to do it that way there are a lot of tutorials online. Just google ‘how to drill holes in glass’ or something similar. I’ve done it with my husband’s drill press and with my dremel with a carbide bit from harbor freight. It is a little intimidating at first and I would start with some less-loved dishes for practice but I found it much easier than I had anticipated. Good luck!

  22. Jenna

    January 26, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    totally brilliant! Absolutely love it!

  23. Shirley

    January 5, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    GREAT idea!! I will definitely do this! But how do I cover the. Insignia on the bottom of the bowl when I turn it upside down…and then it becomes the top? Any suggestions?

    • miznelliebellie

      January 6, 2014 at 2:15 pm

      You can use a wee bit of paint. Or, if you are lucky…your knob will fit right over the top :).

  24. Sujatha

    November 20, 2013 at 2:58 am

    This is so cool… it takes cake stands to a higher level. Thanks for sharing and if I make one I will link back to your post for sure!

  25. andrea cammarata

    November 9, 2013 at 7:31 am

    OMGOOOOOOOODNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is BRILLIANT says the lady that has made a 100 and 1 cake plates and didn’t think of this ingenious combination! I SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO love this…getting out my E-6000 and going to have a PARTY!!! lol!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this SOOOOOO much I can’t tell you how much! WOW! hugs…

    • miznelliebellie

      November 10, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      I love love this comment!!! all the !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and the OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO make it so much better than average :)

  26. Jane's Adventures in Dinner

    November 7, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Just LOVE this! I even have everything in the house to make it.

    • miznelliebellie

      November 10, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      Just think of how adorable your delicious cakes would look in one of these! You go girl!

  27. Sheila

    November 6, 2013 at 9:27 am

    This is the kind of project I just love! Simple and easy to do with great results. Thanks for the awesome idea in time to make some adorable Thanksgiving table sets :)


  28. Jillian @ Hi! It's Jilly

    November 6, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Seriously adorbs! I can’t believe people would pay $150 bucks for something like that! They must not have mountains of student loans debt like we do. Ha!

    • miznelliebellie

      November 10, 2013 at 4:22 pm

      I know!! I agree. I figured there must be a cheaper alternative! It sure is cute, too.

  29. Alanna

    November 5, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Love love love this!!! So cute and simple!

  30. Shannon @ Fox Hollow Cottage

    November 5, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    That is about darling!!!! I love the pattern. It’s so whimsical. Pinned baby. Adorable!!!!

    • miznelliebellie

      November 5, 2013 at 7:14 pm

      Thank you!! Those dishes are from Pier 1 and I love them!

  31. keri @ shaken together

    November 5, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    This is absolutely adorable – love the bits and bobs you chose to put it together with!! Pinned!!

    • miznelliebellie

      November 5, 2013 at 7:14 pm

      Thank you!!! I love it too. It is sitting on my table smiling at me!

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