This cupcake stand can match any party decor! With just a few supplies from the home store, you can make a cupcake stand with plastic plates.  The best part is that it easily comes apart and can be stored flat. There is also another bonus.  This project uses inexpensive plastic plates. You can even use bowls.  For sure this is an easy way to make a tiered serving tray that can easily be interchanged with different plastic plates and bowls.

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The supplies for this project can be found at home improvement stores (like Lowe’s). The plastic plates are from Target. I also found some cool plastic plates at a local thrift store.

Supplies for Cupcake Stand

  • 2 plastic plates
  • one knob that fits a threaded rod
  • 1 – 1/2″ X 3′ round aluminum tube (there are cool square ones too!)
  • 1 – #8-32 X 3′ threaded rod
  • 1 package of #8-32 X 1  1/4 combo round w/nut (or one nut to fit the end of the threaded rod)
  • 2 rubber washers 3/16″ X 1/2″ X 1/16″
  • 11/64″ drill bit
  • fine sandpaper
  • (we did not end up using the #10 flat zinc washers)

You will have plenty of supplies left over. These would make great gifts!

How to make a cupcake stand step by step

Cut aluminum tube with a saw, making sure cut is level. You will need a 6″ length and 3″ length (these can be adjusted to your own needs)

Cut threaded rod into a 9 1/2″ length

Lightly sand aluminum tubes to make surface even and remove imperfections

Drill hole in the center of two plastic plates. It worked best to place masking tape where the hole needed to be drilled and drill from the front.

Put 9 1/2″ threaded rod through the bottom plate and put a nut underneath the plate.

Next place rubber washer on top of the bottom plate, place 6″ aluminum tube around the threaded rod.

Place next plate, a rubber washer, 3″ aluminum piece and then screw knob tightly to the top. The pieces can be easily removed and interchanged with other plastic plates to fit any party theme or color scheme!

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If you a cake to display along with your cupcakes here is an easy way to make a wooden cake stand.  It would also be a great cupcake stand.

How to make a Cake Stand

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  1. Anna, there was a raised edge on the bottom of the plate. The happened to be just above this so no wobbling.

  2. With the nut on the bottome of the first plate….. how do you keep it from wobbling?? maybe attach little “feet” to the bottom plate??

  3. Oh my gosh, where was this tutorial three years ago?! I bought two plates with holes in the center on clearance from Marshalls planning to make them into tiered serving plates, but could not figure out where to find hollow rods in the middle. Now I know I can actually saw them! Thanks for the great tutorial!

  4. Thank you for this pattern I am starting my own Tea & Fondue party business & was looking for ways to make tiered trays inexpensively. I am having my brother drill some glass plates with holes also.Thanks again for sharing.

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