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DIY Shanty Cupcake Tower

I am soooo excited about this project!  It took about an afternoon of work and $15!

This was so easy to put together!  Here’s how you can build your own:)

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I purchased 2 1×4’s and cut them down:

4 @ 14.5″

3 @ 11″

3 @ 8″

I used my Kreg Jig to attach the boards but if you don’t have one you can use wood glue and clamp them together until they dry:)

Here’s the bad boy that made this cupcake tower possible ~ The Dremel Trio ~ This is by far the coolest tool I have ever used!  You really need no building experience to use it.  Just read the instructions, plug it in and get to work:)  It has this awesome attachment that guides you through perfect circles.  It allowed me to cut all three circles in about 10 minutes!

Diameter cuts:

large circle: 14″

medium circle: 10.5″

small circle: 7.5″

Ooooo ahhhh!  I lightly sanded them to soften the edges and that was it!

Here are the rest of the supplies:  1 bag of small candle sticks and 2 tall ones from Hobby Lobby.  You can find these on the unfinished wood isle but we are learning that these are very hard to find in stores now.  You can purchase them online at Hobby Lobby HERE but you will have to pay shipping although you can use a 40% coupon.  I purchased the finial at Lowe’s.  It comes in a bag with two for about $2!

I chose to use the Vaseline technique to finish this piece.  You can get a detailed tutorial HERE.  In short, I painted my base coat color where I wanted to distress and then used a very small amount of vaseline to cover the brown.

After I sprayed 2 coats of Rust-Oleum Heirloom White and distressed the edges with an 80-grit sand paper, it was time to construct the tower:)

I used Gorilla Glue Epoxy to build the entire piece.  I started by glueing 4 small candle sticks to the bottom of the large circle.

I used the tall candlesticks in between the tiers

and for the top I attached the finial to one small candlestick.

That was it!

Whit was great and brought me cupcakes to break the new tower in:)  We made a play date of it and my kids loved their surprise after school:)

  

I got to thinking that this would make such a cute centerpiece even without the cupcakes so I played around with it a bit while I was waiting on my cupcake delivery:)

Now for some exciting news:)  One lucky winner will be the new owner of their very own Dremel Trio!  We will have a giveaway tomorrow so in the meantime, get your creative juices flowing and be thinking about what you would use this nifty tool for!

If you love my new Shanty Cupcake Tower I would LOVE pins below!  Thanks so much:)  ~Ashley

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91 Comments

  1. Heather on April 20, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Love it!!!

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  2. Margo on April 20, 2012 at 7:17 am

    OH MY! I have been wanting to make a cupcake stand for so long just never got around to it. I think you have given me the kick I needed along with the instructions. Thanks so much for sharing. :O)

  3. Charlotte Mc on April 20, 2012 at 6:53 am

    This is so cute. Love it. Can’t believe you cut all three circles in 10 minutes! Looks like an awesome tool. Need to try this project.

    • Ashley on April 20, 2012 at 7:05 am

      Thank you Charlotte! I did and it cut them so smooth:) I only had to sand them very lightly at the end!

  4. Lolly on April 20, 2012 at 6:26 am

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!!! One of my most favorite projects! You did a great job!!!

  5. Kasey on April 20, 2012 at 6:20 am

    This is so perfect!!! Thank you for the inspiration! I have learned so much in this one little post! I can’t wait to read through everything else!!! I am itching to try this!

    How does one enter your contests???

    • Ashley on April 20, 2012 at 7:06 am

      Thank you Kasey! Please email us pics of your finished version so we can share them with our FB friends:) We will host the giveaway later today and give you all the details!

  6. Suzie on April 20, 2012 at 6:13 am

    Love it! This is going to look amazing for my 1 yr old son’s birthday party in June!!!!

    • Ashley on April 20, 2012 at 6:31 am

      YaY! Thank you Suzie! Please email us pics of your finished version so we can share with our FB friends:)

  7. Beverly Ebersole on April 20, 2012 at 6:10 am

    I love the cupcake stand. I would like to try this project. Thanks for the giveaway.

    • Ashley on April 20, 2012 at 6:31 am

      Thank you Beverly! Come back later today when we share the giveaway details and you can enter for your chance to win:)

  8. Martha on April 20, 2012 at 5:57 am

    This looks beautiful! I would use it for birthday parties to show off the cupcakes or small treats.

    • Ashley on April 20, 2012 at 6:09 am

      Thanks so much Martha! Love that idea! I’m excited to use mine for a serving tower at a baby shower:)

  9. Lisa Hallmark on April 20, 2012 at 5:55 am

    So cute! I just made your apothecary jars you posted awhile ago for a bridal shower. And yes, candlesticks (unfinished) are hard to find. Michael’s has some too-FYI! I had to order my finials from Hobby Lobby online as you said. Keep up the Awesome Ideas 🙂

    • Ashley on April 20, 2012 at 6:09 am

      Thank you Lisa:)))

  10. Kellie on April 20, 2012 at 4:46 am

    This is AWESOME!! I just love seeing what you come up with! I would love to use it for parties in my son’s class. Keep your wonderful projects coming! Pinning this! 🙂

    • Ashley on April 20, 2012 at 6:09 am

      Great idea Kellie:) Thanks so much!

  11. Debbie Leschisin on April 20, 2012 at 4:32 am

    This would be a great project to make for my niece’s graduation party. She wants cupcakes instead of a big cake.

    • Ashley on April 20, 2012 at 6:10 am

      Fun Debbie! It is such a fun way to dress up cupcakes!

  12. Emily on April 20, 2012 at 1:55 am

    I love love love your cupcake stand!!! It looks perfect, I would love to make one like that if I had the right tools and access to cheap wooden candlesticks. I love all your projects, they are always exactly my style!

    • Ashley on April 20, 2012 at 6:11 am

      Thank you Emily:)))

  13. Brandi on April 19, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    You girls are keeping me busy! Just finished my Spring Wreath yesterday. It was a hit at our bible study tonight. : ] Guess I’ll have to make a cupcake stand next. Thinking it might be the perfect gift for my bestie’s bday.

    • Ashley on April 20, 2012 at 6:11 am

      It would make a great gift Brandi! Thanks so much:)

  14. Jessica on April 19, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    So cute!!! I would use it as a centerpiece on the kitchen table, I think.

    • Ashley on April 20, 2012 at 6:12 am

      Thank you Jessica! It would look great on a kitchen table!!

  15. Angela on April 19, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Wow. Love!!!!! Great post. Thx!

    • Ashley on April 20, 2012 at 6:12 am

      Thanks so much Angela!

  16. Liz Prince on April 19, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    For real?! You girls did it AGAIN… this is the 2nd comment I have left you this week. That means I am impressed 😉 LOOOVE your version of the cupcake stand. Can’t wait to make one for myself!

    • Ashley on April 20, 2012 at 6:13 am

      Thank you Liz! That is so sweet of you! Please share yours with us:))

  17. Jenn @ One Thrifty Chick on April 19, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    This is adorable! I have been thinking of a fun cupcake display for my sons army party next month, and now I want to do this in a different color. It’s just too cute!!

    Thanks for the tutorial!

    • Ashley on April 20, 2012 at 6:14 am

      Great idea Jenn! Please share your version with us so we can share with our FB friends:) Thanks so much!

  18. Dawne Pace on April 19, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    I think it turned out great! I may have to try it- thanks for the tutorial!

    • Ashley on April 20, 2012 at 6:15 am

      Thank you Dawne! Go for it and share you pics with us:))

  19. Anjie B. on April 19, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    I love this! I am pretty sure I could use this every single day. Thanks for sharing.

    • Ashley on April 20, 2012 at 6:15 am

      Thank you Anjie! It is my favorite accessory in my house by far:)

  20. Karen @ The Quaint Cottage on April 19, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    I love this project. Must. Make. One.

    • Ashley on April 20, 2012 at 6:16 am

      Thank you Karen! We’d love for you to email us your pics so we can share with our FB friends when you are done!!!

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