Post # 1
Okay, bees- you ladies are clever and crafty- I would love some advice about this project.
I really would like to do the cupcake tower thing instead of a cake, but I’ve had trouble finding some that really look spectacular (keep in mind, a big reason is to save money, so some of those exquisite-looking cupcakes out there are not doable for me). I came across this photo from a real wedding on the knot:
I really like how those boxes make it look like a cake. The description said they built the stand themselves.
How would I go about doing something like this??? Should I make an attempt? What materials should I use? Can I do it without breaking the bank? If you think it’s crazy for me to try, do you have any other suggestions/pics of nice looking cupcake towers?
Thanks in advance!!
Post # 3
- Wedding: July 2018 - Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa
Why don’t you try contacting the knottie that made it first and see how much it cost her to make the project or if she still has it to sell?
Post # 4
i wanted to do this! but FH was not having it.
i love making things, i would either use melamine which would make this stand super heavy! or chipboard. Both are cheap in the home improvement places. They will even cut the pieces for you if you bat your eyelashes.. hehe. measure out how big and how many layers, make each layer a few inches smaller than the one below. I would attach the boards with wood glue and brackets one on each side would hold, just sand it down, paint it white, layer the boxes and attach ribbon i would say no more than $20 or so depends on how much wood you need, you can get the melamine (sp?) already in white too a lil more $$ and heavy.
just my interpretation, i have no clue how she made it. maybe this will give you some ideas at least. good luck
Post # 5
you could use styrofoam chunks, wrapped in white wrapping paper… i’m thinking that would be the cheapest/lightest option, and it’d definitely be sturdy enough to hold all the cupcakes!
we were going to make our own, until our baker offered us free rental of theirs. how could we say no to that?? 🙂
Post # 6
You could purchase one of these cardboard stands from this site: http://www.cupcaketree.com/index.php and decorate it (lots of suggestions on the site). I haven’t tried it myself, but it looks easy and fun!
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oops something went haywire, lol GO HERE:
<span class=”url”><font color=”#008000″>www.k-boutique.com/cupcake_stand.pdf </font>
Post # 9
I’m actually in the process of making my own tree like the ones on the cupcaketree website, but not paying the ridiculous amount of $300 for it. We are using styrofoam and MDF. It’s circular and the layers are separate, so not quite the same look as what you’ve posted, but it’s gorgeous and will be about 6′ tall I think. So, it is possible, but with layers as thick as that, I would go with either cardboard boxes or styrofoam to reduce the weight
Post # 10
oh, mine is actually like
it has round separators, not the crossed cardboard in the middle
Post # 11
I would suggest using foam core since it comes in white, and cutting it with an x-acto knife. Just be patient and dont be afraid to use more than 1 blade because they get dull very quickly. I also suggest for the corners that you either cut them on an angle before gluing them together or cutting through only 1 layer of paper and the foam (you can purchase tools that do this if you cant seem to do it with the xacto) – this way you wont be showing the foam on either the top or sides of stand.
Post # 12
You know what I know everyone is suggesting styrofoam… but why don’t you buy white cardboard boxes in varying sizes… then stack and secure them. It would be super easy and no cutting involved. I’m not good with an exactoknife…
Post # 13
I think you should use wood and then paint and decorate it. I am just worried that the cardboard or foam would not be as sturdy.
Post # 14
Wow- thank you all so much for the suggestions!
lovebird- I had trouble finding out how to contact the knottie. It was one of those "real wedding" galleries, and I can’t seem to find a screen name of the bride.
As far as the cardboard box thing, that was my original idea. Problem is, it’s really hard to find boxes in the right sizes. The only boxes that I have found so far that are the correct square sizes are only sold in bulk, leading to me having to spend $100 for 50 boxes, when I will only use 3 or 4.
I think I’m either going with the foamcore or wood. That how-to website is great! It will be a bit of a task, but hopefully it will be worth it. Thanks again!!
Post # 15
get dummy styrofoam cakes at a bakery store (or different size boxes) and cover in fondant or pretty paper (wrapped nicely) then cover the seams and decorate with hot glue or gluing ribbon on it.