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

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  1. 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?

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

  2. 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.


  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. Love the cupcake tower…that would be great for the grand kids birthdays! Going to make one myself…such easy instructions. I’ve been wanting a Dremel tool to use…even told the hubby that I’d like one.

  6. Love it! I would never have the patience to make it; I’d rather just buy it like that, but I admire all of you who are creative in this way. It’s gorgeous!

  7. Love this look, great job!!! Thanks for sharing tge tutorial. Love your blog, so many great ideas and tutorials!!

  8. Great design! I did a bit of modification. Instead of using the tall candlesticks, I used two shorter ones and glued them together. Also, I didn’t glue the candlesticks to the discs. I wanted to be able to disassemble the holder so I used hanger bolts and insert screws, both available at Menards.

  9. Did you pull out the brass grommets from the taller candlesticks? Or, how did you attach with the grommets sticking up?

    1. Yes! I use a flat head scenes driver to lift up the edges and needle nose pliers to pull them out.

  10. omg these are fantastic! i have already gathered my supplies and begun! what department in lowe’s did you get the finials? i found some at hobby lobby, but love the ones you used MUCH better! thanks for the great idea!

    1. Thank you Shantel. You can find the finials, at MOST Lowe’s stores, with the decorative wood and corbels:)

  11. What bit did you use. i got a trio for christmas and found it hard to cut through anything thick like a 1 x 4. please tell me what i’m doing wrong…

  12. Hello. This is such a cute idea and I am in the process of gathering materials to make it but am having trouble finding the wooden candleholders that are used at the feet. I went to michaels and the hobby lobby website but was unable to find them. Do you know what brand they are so I can search it by that? Thanks so much!

  13. Wow! It looks amazing! I have had my Dremel Trio for over a year now and have never even used the circle attachment. That is going to change right now! Can’t wait it make this cupcake stand! You are so inspiring!

  14. I absolutely LOVE this! I’ve been looking for something to display cupcakes I have to make for a bridal shower that wasn’t going to cost me a fortune, I’ll have to make two and it will be less than what I have budgeted so it is going to be GREAT!

  15. I love this!!! I would also love a Dremel Trio so I could make one myself—-and finish many more projects too!!

  16. Beautifu, must make one for my daughter and I saw a stool at Target the other day that the circle technique would be perfect on! Thanks for the tutorial.

  17. LOVE this! Soooooo cute, and looks very easy. I’m going to have to look into that dremel trio. I hate cutting circles with a jig saw

  18. I’ve been wanting to make one as well, thought I would just wing it and figure it out as I go but you just saved me time and money. Thanks for sharing!

    1. ? I’m so so happy with how mine turned out! I used the plans at www. WoodworkPlans.info to build mine – I highly recommend you visit that website and check their plans out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha ?????

      ????? Check it out! Go to www. WoodworkPlans.info – click the pink link above for some more plans! Best of luck on your building adventures! ✨✨✨

  19. 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)

  20. 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.

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

    1. I love this, just found this post 10 years later but this week be perfect for something in doing this year. Thanks for the inspiration!

  21. 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???

    1. 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!

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

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

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

  22. 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 🙂

  23. 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! 🙂

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

  25. 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!

  26. 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.

  27. 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!

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

    1. 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!!!