PLEASE NOTE: Despite many requests we no longer sell finished cupcake stands. They are quite heavy and expensive to ship so we were unable to offer them at an economical price for most brides. As an alternative you will find basic info below on how to make your own or we do have step-by-step instructions (with photos!) for a smaller stand available in the Etsy Shop.
Please send me photos if you make one and we might feature it on our site!! Check out all the beautiful photos already submitted in our cupcake stand photo gallery.
Also, please respect our original design as this is NOT meant for commercial use. You may use these instructions to build a stand to be used in your business, but please do not make stands and sell them, or sell these plans. If you would like to share this tutorial, please link to this page.
This bad boy is roughly 3′ tall when finished and holds approximately 200-220 regular sized cupcakes, depending on if you want a cake on the top layer.
Tracey, a reader who used our tutorial, was nice enough to provide me with a metric version! You can obtain those instructions here. Thanks Tracy!
49″ x 97″ x 3/4″ MDF Board (1 sheet)
Cut to size:
32″ x 32″ (2 pieces)
24″ x 24″ (2 pieces)
17″ x 17″ (2 pieces)
12″ x 12″ (2 pieces)
4″ x 2′ PVC (2 pices)
4″ PVC Coupling (4 each)
1/2″ 6′ All Thread Rod (1 piece)
1/2″ Hex Nuts (2 each)
1/2″ Flat Washer (2 pieces)
6-8 Knobs (to put on the bottom for feet)
2 yards of 44″ or wider fabric
32″ x 40″ Foam Board (1 piece)
Cut to size:
31 1/8″ x 4 1/8″ (2 pieces)
23 1/8″ x 4 1/8″ (2 pieces)
16 1/8″ x 4 1/8″ (2 pieces)
11 1/8″ x 4 1/8″ (2 pieces)
*NOTE: You will need to cut 2 pieces of foam core slightly smaller than the dimensions above so they all fit snug.
Have your local hardware store cut the MDF board, then cut a small circle in the center of each piece. Put the threaded rod through layers of the MDF board and PVC; when you tighten the nuts at the top and the bottom it will create a sandwich effect that keeps the structure nice and tight.
(Notice that you don’t have to paint the top and bottom of everything, only parts that will show. Countersink a hole in the top so the threaded rod does not stick out. You can add a nice piece of acrylic, or another board or something on top if you wish but it’s not necessary.
We routered the undersides of the layers so we could slip the panels in and out. You can skip the routering if you don’t intend to change the fabric panels.
Lay out the foam board and cut the fabric a couple inches larger. Wrap the fabric around the panels and adhere with a strong glue. Let dry, then slide into the routered grooves.
Add the knobs at the bottom for feet and you’re ready to go! Keep in mind this thing is somewhat heavy, and large:
You will definitely need a truck to transport it fully assembled. But, it’s easy enough to tear apart and reassemble if necessary.