DIY Cupcake Stands


DIY mini cupcake stands

Cupcakes are one of the hottest trends right now… and I think they are for good reason. They taste way better than a slice of cake (in my opinion)… and just look so dang cute! And if it’s a sprinkles cupcake… don’t even get me started!

I’ve seen so many different variations on little cupcake stands that are so cute. These stands are super easy to make and you don’t have to use them for JUST cupcakes. I made these AWESOME rice krispy squares for my hubs b-day, so I used those for the pic. :)  These stands are great for all kinds of parties, gifts, or even just to showcase your latest and greatest.



  • 1 candlestick ($1 found at the dollar tree)
  • 1 circle or square wooden base (.50 from Jo-Ann’s)
  • Paint and brush
  • e-6000 glue
  • Yummy treat


1. First I spray painted my candlestick white. This is the time to get creative since there are tons of fun colors out there.

2. Next I painted the edge of my square with a bright yellow.

3. Then I painted the inside of the square white.  Again, you could use any color. The sky is the limit!

After the paint is dry, you’ll want to glue the wood square to the rim of the candlestick.

DIY mini cupcake stands

Now top with your favorite treat and you have a cute little  stand for less that 2 bucks!

DIY mini cupcake stands

You can also tie a ribbon around the candle stick to add a little extra flair. I love these dollar store candlesticks! Another great way to use them is to glue a cute plate on top and turn it into a cake stand. So fun, affordable and super cute!

*This post was originally posted on Mom It Forward.*

Come back later for the yummy recipe!!

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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. Kei @ Unfortunately Oh! posted on July 26, 2011 at 6:16 am (#

    Simple, cute and cheap–love it! Unfortunately in my house, any kind of cake tends to get eaten within seconds of coming out of the packaging or cooling tray!

    • Jamielyn posted on July 27, 2011 at 10:24 am (#

      lol! seriously… treats are gone so fast in my house! I had to hide this one for the picture!

  2. sweetsugarbelle posted on July 26, 2011 at 6:50 am (#

    Adorable Jamielyn!

    • Jamielyn posted on July 27, 2011 at 10:23 am (#

      Thanks! P.S. I love your recent pirate cookies. Too cute!

  3. Shona posted on July 26, 2011 at 7:39 am (#

    Oh my…..that is so stinkin’ cute!! That presentation would make anyone feel special!

    • Jamielyn posted on July 27, 2011 at 10:22 am (#

      i know! wouldn’t that be the best birthday present to find one of these on your door step?!

  4. crystal pitman posted on July 26, 2011 at 8:30 am (#

    oh my that is very cute totally inspired thanks now cant wait to party

    • Jamielyn posted on July 27, 2011 at 10:21 am (#

      oh yeah party time!!

  5. Christina posted on July 26, 2011 at 9:36 am (#

    Fantastic Idea! Thanks for sharing!

    • Jamielyn posted on July 27, 2011 at 10:21 am (#

      Thanks Christina! hugs!

  6. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. posted on July 26, 2011 at 12:51 pm (#

    too cute! Great idea

    • Jamielyn posted on July 27, 2011 at 10:20 am (#

      Thanks Alison! These would definitely go great with all your yummy treats you make!

  7. Jessica posted on July 26, 2011 at 5:53 pm (#

    Great idea!! I love it!

    • Jamielyn posted on July 27, 2011 at 10:20 am (#

      Thanks Jessica! :)

  8. Kara posted on July 26, 2011 at 11:06 pm (#

    Love this idea!!

    • Jamielyn posted on July 27, 2011 at 10:19 am (#

      Thanks Kara! They’re super easy! Did you get the invite to the downeast event? Let me know if you need one. It would be so fun to see you!

  9. jenny posted on July 27, 2011 at 5:41 pm (#

    hey jamie, are you going to send me pics from the family reiuion when you have time? i sure love and miss you.

    • Jamielyn posted on July 28, 2011 at 7:44 pm (#

      hi! yes i haven’t even had time to go through all of them… i took a lot of pics. i’ll try and get them on a sharing site this weekend.

  10. Kristy Life n Reflection posted on July 30, 2011 at 9:03 am (#

    cute idea! Love your Blog!

  11. SouthernScraps posted on July 30, 2011 at 7:51 pm (#


  12. Babblin' Brooke posted on July 30, 2011 at 11:52 pm (#

    Soo sooo cute! And simple! Sometimes it’s all about the simple things.

    Thanks for the idea.

    • Jamielyn posted on August 1, 2011 at 9:47 pm (#

      Thanks Brooke! I agree.. sometimes simple is more! :)

  13. Brittani posted on August 6, 2011 at 1:36 pm (#

    how funny, I made something very similar for my daughter’s 2nd birthday back in January! I used a cake cardboard piece and covered it with scrapbook paper, hot glued it to the candlestick, and put some ribbon around the edge. See it here:

    • Jamielyn posted on August 6, 2011 at 10:42 pm (#

      ooo very cute!! love the pink and black!

  14. Aroma Rice Cooker posted on October 3, 2011 at 7:13 pm (#

    The cake stand is perfect! No one will care whether the cupcake taste good or not LOL