easy DIY cupcake stand

There are projects that I am so very excited about that I forgo important work so that I can make them. This mini domed cupcake stand is one of them. Like the diy ring dish tutorial I recently did for a Christmas gift, this cupcake 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!

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!

This will quickly become your go-to gift.

Many wonderful tutorials for creating your own cake stands exist on the interwebs. 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 cupcake 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.

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.

domed cake stand

Because you are gluing these pieces together try not to get dishes with scalloped edges, you want a nice clean edge to put glue on. My scalloped edged dish was at the bottom (non-glued) of my dish, not a problem!

Directions for cupcake stand:

  1. glue the parts together.
  2. let dry.

This DIY domed cake stand is an Anthro knock-off that is easy to replicate. We found items that already had great designs, so it was just a matter of putting everything together well! Perfect gift idea! make cake stand

Be sure to place the right side things up and the down side things down. Try to keep your glue from being to gloopy (yes, I just said gloopy) and just wipe off any excess before it dries completely. If you like, paint the bottom of the bowl with white porcelain paint to cover any labels that might be printed. Or, choose a large enough bead or knob to cover. Whether you need to make cake stand knobs or not, just be sure the top looks clean. This mini domed cake stand project was inspired by the version Anthropologie sells on their site for a whopping $148.00.

My dear friends, I love you but am not paying $148.00 for a project that cost me $12.00 (and that seems a lot!). I love you enough to say no and to give you a quick and easy alternative!  Have fun making one, or two, or a bunch of these as fun gifts for friends and loved ones!

And as usual, if you don't feel like you want to make cake stand, you can always buy one.  Really, that's allowed!  You could get the awesome Anthro version, but if you are okay with a simple and cute mini stand, without all the fuss, this one on Amazon might do the trick.

A few other quick and easy crafts you might be interested in...

A diy ring dish that is so easy to make with a thrift store dish and knick-knack. And a ton of different types of knick knacks and dishes would work, so it can be replicated in a ton of variations. This would make a great gift!
These t-shirt coasters are a wonderful way to reuse an old item, and work really well as gifts! They take a bit of time to create, but are incredibly simple. Perfect gift!

62 thoughts on “easy DIY cupcake stand”

  1. 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 ????????

    1. 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!

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