DIY Cupcake Stand

As promised, I’m here to deliver the cupcake stand tutorial. My husband may be a bit of a perfectionist, not when it comes to picking up his dirty cltohes, but building something? Yes. This is unlike what I would do in so many ways. First, he doesn’t use any hot glue.  Second, he uses a saw and other power tools. Basically, it’s legit. (Don’t worry, you can purchase pre-cut circles and wood glue.)

It’s also rather large. You may find that the dimensions are too big for your liking, in that case just start with a smaller base circle.  I wanted it to be large enough to use for future events, but the top tier does screw off, so it gives me a little room to scale back, if needed.


  • 8- 4″ table legs (bought these 6″ and cut them off 2″)
  • 24″ circle- you can purchase unfinished wood circles at various websites on the internet (even Etsy)
  • 18″ circle
  • 12″ circle
  • 8″ circle
  • screws
  • primer
  • paint
  1. Turn the largest circle upside down and find the center. Draw a cross intersecting the middle point of the circle. Drill a 1/4″ hole (don’t drill completely through the plywood to avoid holes being seen) 2″ from the outside of the circle on these lines. cupcakestandbase
  2. Screw one of the table legs into each of the holes, this will become your base, flip it over (so that the base is resting on the four legs).
  3. Drill 1/4″ hole in the center of the circle, screw another leg into this hole from the top.
  4. Center the 18″ circle on top of this leg, attach with screws (do not screw in the center, you’ll need the center point to attach the next table leg).
  5. Repeat these steps until you reach the top.
  6. The top leg is optional for the top, it isn’t for support.
  7. Prime and paint.

diy cupcake stand


  • This cupcake stand is large. It easily held 5 dozen cupcakes and the back wasn’t full on the bottom layers. Adjust the size of the circles to your needs.
  • I’m not sure if glue would hold this together, Allen says no, but I tend to believe in the power of hot glue. If you make yours smaller, it’s worth a shot. Also, look at using lighter materials for the circles. The concept will stay the same.
  • Allen cut the circles out of plywood he already had, your husband (or dad or brother, or you) may be able to cut the circles for you to save money.
  • Allen painted mine an off-white color so I could us it in the future, you could embellish with ribbon to customize it for different parties.
  • Email me or leave a comment with questions, I’ll make him help me and get them answered :)



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  1. Christi says

    I’m going to make this tomorrow for an upcoming baby shower! This one looks so much better than a lot of others I’ve seen!

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  3. Kristina Lewis says

    The 6″ table legs that you use for the center supports, that you cut off 2″…. It appears in your photos that it was cut on the screw bolt end of the leg. Did you have to pull out and re-screw in the bolt after cutting? Or, are we missing something? I kept thinking you cut the 2″ off of the other end, but in the photos you still salvaged the nice round ball shape of the leg, which is on the opposite end…. HELP! I am hosting a baby shower for my sister-in-law, and love your idea, but need some clarification on what end you cut to shorten, and if it was the bolt end, how you salvaged the bolt. (I wouldn’t think the bolt runs that deep into the wood so….

    • Jennifer says

      I’ve never filled it all the way up, but when we used it at the birthday party is held 5 dozen and still had room for more.

  4. Joanna says

    I love how it turned out! I’ve been searching for hours online and can not find a website that sells the unfinished wooden rounds in all those sizes. Where did you purchase yours? I’d like to try and make this for my baby shower that’s in a couple weeks :)

  5. Elizabeth says

    I went to Home Depot and got the table legs and had them saw off 2 inches, but now they seem too short. Are you sure it was 2 inches or did you just cut where the first indentation was?


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