Oh yeah, about that cupcake stand

Sep 30, 2011

in Make

So I posted over at Curbly a while back this teaser about making my friends cupcake stand for her wedding. Seems like forever ago. Whoops, sorry. Well it happened. They got married, it was beautiful, I laughed, cried a surprising amount, and drank an average of 1.3 glasses of pinot grigio per kleenex used.

In the past month I managed to craft together something to put her cupcakes on.

I’ve been procrastinating putting this post together, when I realized its pretty much the dumbest thing to write a how to about. So this isn’t a tutorail at all because in the end all I really did was take some pieces, put them together, paint and shine them, add hot glue where needed and show up on wedding the day. Side note: My friend is the exact opposite of those bridezilla clichés and her only instructions were “Will you make my cupcake stand? Just do what you do, I trust you, it will be beautiful.” *tear*


  • Vintage silver trays from Housing Works (shined up with Hagerty Silversmith’s Polish)
  • Regular ‘ole plant stands from Home Depot (painted gold with Sophisticated Finishes in metallic Gold)
  • Some rubber feet (like you would use on a glass table) to keep the trays from sliding off the plant stands

An old shelf from our retired BESTÅ media cabinet from IKEA. Which I added cheapo door knobs to and covered the whole thing in chalkboard paint

vintage thrifted silver trays from Housing Works

La Bride also wanted something she could repurpose in her home after the day has ended. The tallest stand is about 20″ high and will make a great occasional table to rest drinks &/or knickknacks on in a corner somewhere. I also made the chalkboard tray so she could reuse that as a snack serving tray. All the cool kids are doing it these days, you know so you can label your cheese and crackers. Seen here over at Cupcakes and Cashmere.

assembly time during cocktail hour

I miraculously transported all of these pieces solo in the pouring down rain to Penthouse 808 at the Ravel Hotel in Long Island city and put it together during the cocktail hour between the ceremony and reception. The wedding planner was very concerned at this point as she wanted me to enjoy the myself and not wait on her staff to get linens set up. I didn’t know how to explain to her that glue guns with a side of margarita is my definition of great night. Oh, and yes, I did bring my own glue gun to the wedding, because you just never know.

I know I know, there aren’t any cupcakes on the stand. Because it was warm and we waited to put them out until after meal service so they didn’t get all melty, and by that time I was well into my 3.3rd glass of wine and was entirely unconcerned with photography. I promise you they were delicious. And gluten-free to boot!

So mazel tov and namaste to you love-birds. Nothing has made me happier than being your friend and making a part of your wonderful wedding day easier and happier. Oh, and shiny, oh so shiny!

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adriane October 3, 2012 at 8:05 am

cute stands, but I don’t see where the painted knobs or chalkboard paint fit in?


Beckie October 3, 2012 at 9:20 am

I wanted to give the couple something that they could continue to use after their wedding. So the stands and trays were all useful and the chalkboard tray I meshed together with some repurposed things held their big cake tier and they now use as a serving platter for cheeses or things in their home.

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