Thursday, March 15, 2012

{Thursday Inspiration} DIY Cupcake Pedestal Tutorial - Part 1

{I really wanted to show these to you on Tuesday, but I had to tend to my husband who came down with a case of the nasties.  In fact, between him and my kids, it's no wonder that I haven't gotten a bug yet.....and I really don't want to, so I'll just not put anymore thought into it....on to the post}

I love these cute little cupcake pedestals I am seeing everywhere lately! For me, however, they are a bit pricey. I've seen them run in the range of $14 for just one up to $29 for a set of two.  So, being the crafty and frugal woman that I am I decided to venture out and find a way to make my own.  I've seen people create their own cake stands so, I just applied the same tips to making them into cupcake stands.

modern serveware design by Rosanna                            modern serveware design by Farmhouse Wares
Petite Treat Mini Pedestal modern serveware

Martha Stewart Collection Set of 2 Mini Cake Stands contemporary serveware

I'm excited to share this tutorial/tip with you today.  I showed you the cupcake pedestals that I made for my St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Cupcakes and mentioned that I would show you how to make your own.  It's really easy and cost me less than $10 to make them.

You're gonna need the following supplies:

You will also need to be outdoors or in a well ventilated space because you'll be working with products that are crazy fumey!

To start, add your glue to the base of your candles stick.  You might want to sand the candle with a fine grit sand paper to create a better adhesion.  I just glued mine right to the mirror.

After gluing all the bases to the mirrors, I let them all dry for about 25-30 minutes before applying a primer.  I'm sure you can paint right onto the stands, but because I was using a mirror, I wanted the final result to be as opaque as possible.  Also, be sure to wash and dry everything before applying your adhesive and paint.  

I also used stove burner covers to create larger tiered cupcake stands.  The burners were a bargain at $3 for  about four covers.  I followed the same steps by gluing the base to the burner and then priming each one and allowed for adequate drying times.  You will notice that I switched the position of the candlestick base for the top tier because wanted there to be some balance.

I let the pedestals and stands dry outside for about four hours then, added the spray paint the following day.

Check back tomorrow to see how everything turned out along with a few cute ideas on different ways to use the pedestals and stands and where I got all my supplies.


  1. I think I might have to make some cupcake pedestals. Great DIY. - Caryl

  2. Love it! There won't be a candleholder, mirror, or can of paint that's safe in my house!

  3. Keisha, great tutorial. Can't wait to see the finished product. Great idea on the burner covers.

  4. Jennifer WoolslayerMarch 20, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Love this! So cool and easy!

  5. Jennifer WoolslayerMarch 20, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Love this! So cool and easy!

  6. Jennifer WoolslayerMarch 20, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    love this, so easy!


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