Cupcake tower


For Carson’s big birthday bash I wanted to have a fun cupcake stand. This is super easy to make and really cheap.
First gather some boxes from around the house. Luckily I found some just the right size!
Wrap them up…just like a present! :)
Use glue dots to wrap the ribbon around the entire box.
Now have some fun and make it cute. I kept it pretty simple and just added a 1 I found at the craft store. All I did was paint it blue…but like I said make get as creative as you want! ;)
Banana Chocolate chip cupcakes…yum! I really don’t think I’ll take up cake decorating as my day job though! These monkey cupcakes were pretty simple…just cut vanilla wafers(big & small) and then add some dots and a mouth! I think I imagined them cuter(got the idea off…but oh well they turned out fine. :0
ta-da! I think the large boxes made all the difference… and the grand total cost me about $5! Doesn’t that look way better then a plate full of cupcakes?
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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Jennifer posted on February 7, 2010 at 9:28 pm (#

    Very very very cute! The monkey cupcakes are so adorable!

  2. Debbie posted on February 7, 2010 at 9:47 pm (#

    This is a great idea!!~ I could even do this I think LOL!!~

  3. Katie posted on February 7, 2010 at 10:08 pm (#

    Great idea!

  4. illini89 posted on February 8, 2010 at 4:10 am (#

    Oh, what a great idea. Once again I learn that you do not always need some fancy, expensive cake/cupcake stand. Another idea to remember!

  5. jaimeparis posted on February 8, 2010 at 4:49 am (#

    that is soooo very yummy :o)

  6. debbie posted on February 8, 2010 at 8:51 am (#

    What a cute idea,, I bake/decorate cakes on the side and for all my family,, will definitely have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing.. cute cupcakes too!

  7. Andrea @ posted on February 8, 2010 at 8:51 am (#

    Cute way to display the cupcakes! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Tiff @ Making The World Cuter posted on February 8, 2010 at 1:12 pm (#

    Such a great idea and so thrifty! Thanks for sharing! :)

  9. Enchanted Rose Studio posted on February 8, 2010 at 1:28 pm (#

    The monkey cupcakes are too cute! Your cupcake tower looks so festive and fun. It makes a great centerpiece! You did a wonderful job!


  10. sweetpicklesandchocolate posted on February 8, 2010 at 2:18 pm (#

    Also tooo cute! Wish you could have done my girls first birthday parties!

  11. Wendy posted on February 8, 2010 at 5:09 pm (#

    That is adorable! What a great idea!

  12. Mimi posted on February 8, 2010 at 7:32 pm (#


  13. Vanessa posted on February 9, 2010 at 7:11 pm (#

    Sometimes the greatest ideas are the simplest! Good for you! It looks great!

  14. Joyce posted on February 9, 2010 at 7:26 pm (#

    Very seet and those monkey cupcakes are adorable and I like that they are easy enough for me to handle since I am not the best cake decorator. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Kelly @ Make It Sparkly Mama posted on February 10, 2010 at 9:38 am (#

    Great idea! I made those same cupcakes for my sons 1st birthday! I will be remembering this idea!

  16. Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden posted on February 10, 2010 at 11:53 am (#

    Super cute! I love the monkey cupcakes!

    I'm hosting a link party and would love you to come on over and link this up!

  17. Dana @ SweetThings posted on February 10, 2010 at 2:19 pm (#

    Hello! I luv your cupcake tower! Your a rock star in my eyes!! I have one question for you that I can't figure out……how did you do the top layer (with the polka dot accordian thing)? I have no idea how you did it. Once I get that information, I will be on my way to making one for my daughters baptism. Thanks for sharing with all of us. :D

  18. Cas posted on February 11, 2010 at 12:57 pm (#

    That is adorable!

  19. Jamielyn posted on February 12, 2010 at 8:30 am (#

    Dana! For the top part I glued two strips of scrapbook paper together and then I started folding in the sides one inch at a time. I'll try to post a picture…because I can't explain it very well! ;)

  20. Andy Porter posted on February 12, 2010 at 1:58 pm (#

    I LOVE IT!!! What a perfect display!! Great job!

  21. 2sisters posted on February 12, 2010 at 6:09 pm (#

    It turned out darling! I love the colors. There are a ton of darling cupcakes like this at Hello Cupcake.

  22. Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden posted on February 13, 2010 at 2:50 pm (#

    I'm so glad you linked up to Make it Yours day! I think those monkey cupcakes are just adorable!

    Thanks again!

  23. Prior posted on February 13, 2010 at 9:21 pm (#

    LOVE the cupcakes and your stand. Will show my daughter. Lezlee

  24. Kaysi posted on February 22, 2010 at 11:30 am (#

    This is amazing!!!!!! I love all of it, I can't believe all the time you put into it, wow!

  25. Melissa Searle posted on September 9, 2010 at 12:33 am (#

    I love this! Its so adorable. Hehe I am going to try and make one for my Sons 1st Birthday coming up at the end of October. :) Hehe
    As well as your picture display thing too! Have to check out what else you have. :) Thanks for the great ideas! :)Mel

  26. Kim@The Educators' Spin On It posted on November 9, 2011 at 2:37 pm (#

    I adore all of your ideas on your blog! The birthday ones are so cute and I can’t wait to use them at my daugther’s first birthday. I’ve pinned your idea on Pinterest at

    • Jamielyn posted on November 9, 2011 at 8:52 pm (#

      Thanks Kim! I’m planning my daughters first birthday right now too! so fun!