How to make a cupcake stand in 5 easy steps.



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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  1. Signet says

    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 ????????

    • says

      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 says

    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.

  3. GW says

    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.

  4. Linda says

    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.

  5. Gale M says

    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.

    • says

      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 says

      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!

  6. kim says

    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!!

  7. carol says

    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

    • says

      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!

  8. lynn says

    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 says

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

  9. Jessie Gadbury says

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

  10. says

    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.

  11. Loop says

    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?

    • Aimee says

      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!

  12. Shirley says

    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?

  13. says

    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…

  14. says

    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 :)


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