Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Cupcake Stand Tutorial Part 1



For my daughter's birthday, we ordered cupcakes instead of a cake (except for her cake.) To go along with the cupcakes, I made this cupcake tower. The entire stand cost me less than $10.


First, you will need to get your materials. This is what I used:


  • 14'' cake boards (2)
  • 12'' cake boards (2)
  • 10'' cake boards (2)
  • 8'' cake board (2)
  • floral block (I bought green, it is best to use white)
  • three cans
  • glue gun
 (I purchased my cake boards at a cake supply store. That way I was able to buy singles instead of having to buy a package of 8 in each size. They cost 0.13 - 0.29 each.)


The first thing I did was to cover the block with fabric. I used white fabric. I measured the width of the block and cut a strip. I cut it a little taller than the block so that I would be able to fold it over and glue the fabric to the top of the block. 


Hot glue all around the edges on each side. One side at a time.


Push firmly on your fabric so that it sticks to the glue. Do this for all sides


When you  get to the last side, fold the end under the fabric so you have a clean seam. Glue it this way, then glue your last side down. Yours should look something like this. It should have a little extra fabric on each end. 

last, glue down the extra fabric on both ends. Don't worry about not covering the top and bottom, as one will be on the table, and one will have a cake board on top of it. So both will be hidden.


Set your block aside and get your cake boards. Separate them by size. Take your largest cake boards and glue the inside of one board (the outside should be white, and the inside is cardboard color.) 
Place the wrong sides (cardboard colored side) together and hold for a few seconds. Make sure to line up the edges so they are exact. Do this to all sizes. You should then only have 4 cake board pieces since you have glued the same sizes together. 


Mark the center of your cake boards. Do this for the top and bottom of each board. 


Add glue to the top of the block and push the largest cake board down onto it. Make sure to push for a good 30 seconds. Also make sure to center the block with the marks that you have made.


Set the base aside and take the wrapper off of your cans. I used three different sizes for mine. Then you will need to measure out some fabric and cut it to the height of each can and enough of wrap around the can. I measured mine long enough to wrap twice so that you would not be able to see the can through the fabric.

Add glue up the middle and a little on the edge. This is where you will start to glue your fabric or paper down.

Add your fabric. Glue just the top and bottom edges while your wrap. 

Once you get to the end, add some glue up the side and glue your fabric end down.

Here are all my glued cans. Make sure to have all your cans glued before you move on.

(The next steps are without pictures. Although you will not need pictures to understand how to complete the stand, I will be posting them in part two of my tutorial by Feb 5th - which is when I will be making another one for my aunt.) It was just so late when I was making this that I forgot to take pictures of the last few steps. :)

After you have all your fabric glued to your cans, you will need to add them to your cake boards. First, take the biggest can, and add glue to the bottom of it. Mainly on the rim. Then place it on the bottom cake board that is sitting on the block (make sure you center it!!) Once you have the can glued, add the next size, 12'' cake board, on top of the can.

Repeat this until you have all your cans and cake boards glued. When gluing the cans down, make sure you align all the fabric seams to the back of the cupcake stand. And focus your glue on the bottom rims of the cans. Also, center, center, center!!


You will end up with something like this. I added the green trim to cover the bottom of the cans, but you don't need to do this if you don't have any trim laying around. The cupcakes will hide it all.


Here is what mine looked like when I had completed it. You will need to add ribbon around the edges of the cake board to finish it off. All you do is add some glue, about 6 inches at a time and press your ribbon down, and wrap it around the entire edge of each size. I used different colors for mine to match my theme. I also added a tutu to the bottom of mine. There are so many different variations of this that can be made!

Have fun with this and don't hesitate to contact me with any questions you have!

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  4. I used this tutorial and loved it! It was such a hit at the party. I linked back to this tutorial in my blog that will post today around 10. It's called "The birthday party (part 2)" Hope you don't mind. :)
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  5. How did you do the tutu at the bottom?

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    1. Samantha, take a piece of string or yarn, and create a 'no sew tutu' or tie your strips of tulle to your yarn. Then hot glue that to the outside edge of your bottom tier.

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  6. How many cupcakes did this fit?

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  7. What type of fabric was used?

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  8. Amount of cupcakes this held?

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  9. No reply on how many cupcakes will it hold

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