PartyRecycle. December 5th, 2023

Cardboard Cupcake stand (last minute party project)

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Make a recycled DIY cardboard cupcake stand for displaying cupcakes in a party. This is a great idea for making a stand that matches with your party theme. Another purpose of this DIY party stand is to dispose after use. This is ideal for small spaces when you don’t want extra things to keep. This party project is easy to make and very inexpensive. Actually it will cost you nothing, as it is totally made of things you can find around the house.

Sometimes at parties accidents happen and you don’t want to let go of a perfectly planned party getting a little out of hands. In such situations you need to have a quick backup plan. Just like this cupcake stand made out of cardboard and crepe paper.

Cardboard Cupcake Stand

cardboard cupcake stand diy tutorial
This is a really easy dollar store project that you can whip up for free too.
 You will need:
  • cardboard
  • disposable glasses
  • crepe paper
  • strong glue
  • glue stick
Make It:

Cut three pieces of cardboard, each a little smaller than the last one. In my project, I cut three different sizes of rectangle. Wrap the cardboard with crepe paper, gluing it at the center, around the edges and taping at the ends. It is important to stick the crepe paper firmly to the cardboard. The cupcakes weight will not be tolerated on the second dish if it is snugly. You can also use wrapping paper or scrapbook paper.

While the glue dries, put star stickers on the disposable glasses for fun. Finally use super glue to position disposable cups between the cardboard to act as holders. Place a heavy book on the top while the glue dries for best results.
And that’s it. Your done in 15 minutes.
Have a last minute cupcake stand ready to save your party and enjoy!


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Looking for more ways to construct a DIY cupcake stand?

DIY cupcake stand tutorialSome great cupcake stand ideas that I love:


Carnival Tiered Trays from candlesticks and disposable plates. You can replace the disposable plates with plastic plates or ceramic ones for a more sturdier cake stand.


Cupcake stand made using aluminum rod and plates with cabinet knob on top.


Use cardboard or foam core to make DIY cupcake stand structure. Modpodge scrapbook paper to decorate it.

DIY tiered cupcake tray
Paint and stencil tiered trays and use blocks to make the pillar cake stand.

DIY chandelier cupcake stand
Turn an old thrift store chandelier into a cupcake stand. With a few twigs and tweets you have a beautiful cupcake display for you party. Refresh with a fresh coat of spray paint. And use ribbons and laces to decorate the paper cupcake stand

Last but not the least a mini cake stand made with paper.

DIY Mini Cupcake Stand Tutorial

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  1. Kassi @ Truly Lovely says:

    Way to make use of what you had girl! 🙂 It looks great with the rest of the party decor!

  2. Cynthia says:

    Clever some of these are quite cool.

  3. Meredith says:

    These are awesome! Any great ideas for displaying/serving cake pops?? I am feeling at a loss for my daughter's b-day party…

  4. Rachel {} says:

    So cute! I love how you can just whip it up in no time! Thanks for sharing! xoxo-Rachel

  5. Kara at Petals to Picots says:

    Hi Hani!! This is a great idea! I love that it can be customized to fit with a party theme. Thanks for linking up! Have a great weekend 🙂

  6. Nicole Buckingham says:


    I love this idea… I may just have to do a “local” version for my son's birthday and share it at

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  7. King of $aving says:

    Stopping by from the Anything Goes Linky!

  8. Swathi says:

    Hi Hani !! This is such a cute and inexpensive idea !!! Thanks for sharing

  9. Phantastic Phinds says:

    what a great way to dress up the table! so fun!

  10. Connie says:

    This is a great post. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Betsy Pool says:

    I love the stand idea. Very creative and frugal!! Nice job!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at Romance on a Dime!!

  12. Lisa says:

    It's funny how cake stands are all the rage now! My mom wants one for Mother's Day! Great ideas!

  13. yes it was sturdy enough to handle all the big cupcakes I had..:) But the center tray was a little unbalanced that too because I didn't glue the crepe paper well and everywhere on the cardboard..

  14. Shiloh says:

    Way to save the day! Was it sturdy enough for all your cupcakes?

  15. Alison @ Oopsey Daisy says:

    I adore a quick-and-easy project like this! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  16. Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon says:

    What a fabulous and economical idea! Looks so cute, too!

    Take care,


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