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DIY Cupcake Stand

How to make a simple DIY cupcake stand for just a few dollars with supplies from Dollar Tree!

$2 DIY Cupcake Stand Pinterest Image

Here’s a simple how-to for making a DIY cupcake stand.

For only $2.00 and some hot glue you’ll have a DIY cupcake stand that’s sure to impress!

This project came about because I was gearing up for a little kiddo party and needed something to hold some cupcakes.

Of course I’m not going to shell out $20+ for a fancy cupcake stand, so I checked Pinterest for some inspiration.

I found lots of ideas for a DIY cupcake stand, so on my next trip to Dollar Tree I was on the lookout for supplies!

supplies for making a DIY cupcake holder

I was hoping to find items I could construct the DIY cupcake stand with that wouldn’t need spray paint.

I found this 4-pack of pink plastic plates and these little green cups, which would work well with our “bug party” theme. To find affordable plastic plates for this project you can search your local Dollar Tree stores and have the option to order online or pick up in the store! Follow the link here to find the right plates for your particular theme.

I only needed two cups so I saved the others for serving drinks to friends when they came over.

If you end up using plastic cups for this project, I would definitely recommend using hi temp hot glue. 

I first used low temp and I had to glue one of the cups two times to get it to hold.

Also don’t shy away from using plenty of glue. You definitely don’t want your gorgeous cupcakes hitting the deck if your DIY cupcake stand fails!

completed dollar tree cupcake stand

I glued the bottom of one cup to the center of a plate and let it dry. 

Then I put a thick line of glue around the rim of that cup and put the second plate on top. 

I repeated with another layer and the holder was done! It took under 10 minutes for this easy DIY cupcake holder. 

Update: When I went to use this again a year later, all of the cups had come unglued. So I’d say that the glue is a temporary adhesive on plastic and if you want to re-use it, re-glue it.

Cupcakes with cookies and cream frosting

I estimate this Dollar Tree DIY cupcake stand would hold two dozen cupcakes, like these beautiful cookies and cream cupcakes I made for my mother-in-law’s birthday. 

I can always spray paint it white at a later date to make it more versatile.

I hope this helps out anyone looking to create a DIY cupcake stand on the cheap!

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