DIY Project: Cupcake Stands
The Budget Savvy Bride

Matt and I have decided to go with cupcakes instead of a traditional wedding cake. This way we don’t have to pay a ton of extra money on a professionally decorated cake and we don’t even need to rent extra cake plates or forks for all the guests (that stuff adds up!). We’re just going to have napkins and the cupcakes will be grab and go. After looking around for some pretty cupcake stands, I realized that these can cost a pretty penny, so I decided to make mine. It was so easy! I found a set of dishes at goodwill for $10 that matched my wedding theme. I also bought some clear candlestick holders at the dollar store for a buck each. Using white dry Gorilla Glue to hold it all together, I used the plates as tiers separated by the clear candlesticks. Here’s how they turned out:

I did some two tiered and some three tiered. There are so many possibilities with these. I used plates all from the same set, but you could totally mix and match plates and/or use tall and short candlesticks. It was so easy, so affordable and definitely reflects the whimsical, vintage theme of our wedding!


Maggie is a bride-to-be out of Charleston, SC. Her vintage outdoor wedding is taking place in April, 2012 for under $10,000. She loves reading, happy hour, and relaxing with her fiancé Matt and their two dogs, Harper and Andy.

  1. I did this for my wedding, too!! I ended up making three cake stands in 2 different heights using 1/2 off plates from Hobby Lobby, cheap porcelain candlesticks (big enough for pillar candles) from Old Time Pottery, and Liquid Nails. They turned out awesome!! Almost as awesome as our cupcakes tasted! :)

      • Kiana
      • May 14th, 2012

      I love, Love, LOVE this idea! I’ll have to incorporate this into my wedding! Thanks!

    • Connieq
    • May 31st, 2012

    Do you think this would hold a two tier cake on top.

    • I doubt it! These are more made for cupcakes on top, the top plate would most likely be pretty small. You’d need something more sturdy to hold a tiered cake, I think!

    • AileenP
    • May 23rd, 2013

    Thank you for posting this! I have also been searching for an inexpensive cupcake stand….to no avail! Can’t wait to try this.

  1. April 6th, 2014