Cardboard Cupcake Stand Ideas

Cardboard cupcake stands or cupcake trees are fairly plain unless some thought goes into making them pretty. The good news is you can very easily dress up a plain-jane stand with a few simple items. The other thing is these stands come in round or square tier shapes. Compared to other options, these stands are fairly inexpensive. It's amazing how something so basic can turn out to be so fancy. Take a look at the ideas here to find your inspiration!

Cardboard Cupcake Stand Ideas

Simple White Cupcake Stand

This simple cupcake stand covered in white paper is perfect for any occasion...wedding, birthday, mother's day, Christmas...anytime you need a neutral background.

>>See how to decorate this simple cardboard cupcake stand.

Aqua and Lime Green Stand

Add a punch of color with this updated colorful cupcake stand. The light blue and lime green give this stand a modern but fun look and is suitable for a variety of events!

>Check out the instructions for this pretty cupcake stand.



Hot Pink and Chocolate Cupcake Stand

This pink and brown stand stand gets it's dramatic look from the contrast between the two colors. You an easily switch out the pink to match any theme.

>>See how you can create this Hot Pink and Chocolate cupcake display.

Halloween Cupcake Stand

Need a display for Halloween? This cupcake stand delivers giving you a clean but exciting backdrop for your Halloween cupcake creations!

>>Get the instructions to decorate this Halloween cupcake stand.


Simple White Cupcake Stand

This neutral stand is suitable for a variety of special occasions — weddings, bridal showers, baby showers — you name it! So versatile, you'll want to decorate an extra one just to keep it handy.

Materials needed:

  • 1 pre-manufactured cardboard stand (round or square tier shape)
  • 1 12 sq ft roll pearlized white gift wrap paper
  • 3/8" White Satin or Grosgrain Ribbon

Supplies needed:

  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Regular tape
  • Double-sided tape or Low-Temp Glue Gun

Directions:

Step 1: Unroll your wrapping paper. Using the tier piece as a pattern, trace around each board leaving a 1/2" - 1" border. Cut gift wrap allowing with the overage. For the card board center supports, trace around the pieces exactly and cut to fit.

Step 2: Lay the cardboard pieces on the wrong side of the wrapping paper. Cut into the wrapping paper border almost to the card board to create a fringe. (This will help to wrap the paper as close as possible to the boards and allow you to round the corners easily.) Fold each fringe over the board and tape securely. Repeat for all the tiers.

Step 3: Using the glue stick, glue the wrapper paper to the stand supports.

Step 4: Assemble your stand following the manufacturer's directions.

Step 5: Glue ribbon onto the edges of the center supports to cover raw edges with the double stick tape or low-temp glue gun. You can also add a ribbon border on the bottom edge for a more finished look.

Step 6: Using the double stick tape or low-temp glue gun, secure ribbon to the edges of the cupcake tiers.


Halloween Cardboard Cupcake Stand

Materials needed:

  • 1 pre-manufactured cardboard stand (round or square tier shape)
  • 1 can Orange Water-based Spray Paint
  • Black and Orange patterned Scrap Book paper
  • 3/8" Black Satin or Grosgrain Ribbon

Supplies needed:

  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Double-sided tape or Low-Temp Glue Gun

Directions:

Step 1: In a well ventilated area or outside, lay cardboard pieces out on newspaper. With the orange spray paint, spray an even coat of paint on to your cardboard pieces. Allow to dry. Turn pieces over and spray paint the other side. Allow to dry.

Step 2: Assemble your stand following the manufacturer's directions.

Step 3: Using the rule, measure off triangles 1” on all three sides with the pencil and cut them out from the orange and black scrapbook paper.

Step 4: With glue gun or double-sided tape, glue the triangles to the edges of the tier alternating the black and orange colors.

Step 5: Next glue black ribbon onto the edges of the stand supports to cover raw edges.

Step 6: With tape or glue, attach black ribbon the edges of the tiers for a finished look. Your Halloween cardboard cupcake stand is complete!


Fun Aqua and Lime Green
Cardboard Cupcake Stand

Materials needed:

  • 1 pre-manufactured cardboard stand (round or square tier shape)
  • 1 can Aqua and Lime Green Water-based Spray Paint
  • Ivory, Brown, and Lime Green Scrap Book paper
  • 3/8" Brown, Aqua or Lime Green Solid or Pattern Ribbon

Supplies needed:

  • 1” and ½” Round Paper Punch
  • 2” Flower Paper Punch
  • Glue Stick
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape or Low-Temp Glue Gun

Directions:

Step 1: In a well ventilated area or outside, lay tier section cardboard pieces out on newspaper. With the aqua spray paint, spray an even coat of paint onto the cardboard pieces. Allow to dry. Turn pieces over and spray paint the other side. Allow to dry.

Step 2: Next, lay out the riser section pieces of your cardboard cupcake stand out on the newspaper. With the lime green spray paint, spray an even coat of paint onto the cardboard pieces. Allow to dry. Turn pieces over and spray paint the other side and allow to dry completely.

Step 3: Assemble your stand following the manufacturer's directions.

Step 4: Using the paper punches, punch out circles and flower shapes from the scrapbook paper. Attach to the stand by applying glue from the glue stick to the cut out pieces.

Step 5: Next glue ribbon onto the edges edges of the tiers and the stand supports.


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