DIY Shanty Cupcake Tower

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

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

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

4 @ 14.5″

3 @ 11″

3 @ 8″

Then 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.  Then 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 cupcake 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. 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


  1. Jackie on January 22, 2022 at 1:06 pm

    Love this! Where can I find the stemmed trio?

  2. Theresa Maher on March 9, 2020 at 9:42 am

    I know this is an older post but I am finding that the Dremel Trio link doesn’t work or maybe it’s called something else?

    • Ingrid on October 3, 2020 at 3:16 pm

      Unfortunately, it’s been discontinued. There are some on Ebay. Not sure if there was another product that was introduced after this was discontinued.

  3. Lisa on March 2, 2020 at 9:40 am

    Can I see a better picture of the finials you used for the feet? I looked at my Lowe’s and could not find those.


  4. Stacy on January 20, 2019 at 8:44 am

    What are the finished dimensions, please?

  5. Stevie on May 2, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    What was the final size of the entire piece?

  6. Kori Levine on October 13, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Do you still recommend the dremel trio? It seems to be discontinued but they have some on eBay. Thx

  7. stephanie on June 28, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    i was super bummed! i made one perfect circle for the smallest circle and for some reason the bits just kept breaking for the next two, i even got a few additional bits just in case. 3/4 seems to just burn up the bits. has anyone else had this problem with the dremel trio?? i researched the bits breaking and someone else with a different project said that 1/2 inch wood even made the bits break and the motor burn.

  8. Monica on May 9, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    The stand is great! I love that it is so versatile! Question- do you have a favorite saw that is easy to handle for projects like this? I think you may jave mentioned one beforw but I can’t find the post. Thanks!

  9. Donna Mayes on May 9, 2013 at 7:38 am

    This is awesome love it!!!

  10. Brooke Simmons on April 24, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    So cool! Love this project. Thanks.

  11. Shanon on March 1, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    how tall are the long candle sticks?

  12. Cecilia on February 2, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Muy lindooo!!!

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