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Cupcake stands

by: Jo

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For Week 4 of So You Think You’re Crafty, the theme we had to follow for our project was “yarn”.  We thought for a long time about a really unusual way to use yarn, and we had yarn on the brain for days. When we saw some cute individual cupcake pedestals at the store, we knew we could make something similar ourselves, and we could use yarn to make them exactly the colors we wanted!

Before we get to the yarn, let’s start with the pedestal itself.  To make them, you will need: 3/4″ diameter wooden dowel rods (we used two 36″ rods to make 9 stands), 3″ wood circles, and 4″ wooden decorative bases.  Use a saw to cut your dowel rods into varying lengths (ours varied from 6″ to 10″).

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Now you’ll want to pre-drill holes through the center of your wooden bases and in the ends of the dowels, so that you can screw them together without the wood splitting.  Then use a wood screw (whatever you’ve got on hand) to attach the base to the dowel rod. If it makes you more comfortable, measure to find the center but we just eyeballed these.

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To make sure the screw head doesn’t scratch your table, use spray adhesive to attach a piece of felt to the bottom.  Then use a little dab of hot glue to attach the 3″ wooden circle to the other end of the dowel rod.

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Wasn’t that simple and inexpensive?  I love how the different heights look when they are grouped together.  You could paint them at this point or decoupage them or cover them in material or do all sorts of different things to decorate them. Today, though, we are going to use yarn.

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Now that we have our bases ready, let’s start using that yarn. For these stands, we wanted a rainbow effect so we selected Red Heart Classic Yarn: Mexicana. The yarn fades from one color to the next and looks great when fully wrapped. Your yarn selection will completely depend on the occasion.  You could make them in the wedding colors of the bride for a shower, in red and white for a fun Christmas look or in pastels for a special Easter or baby shower cupcake display. 

After you have selected your yarn we need to get it onto the stand. I tried quite a few different glues without success until I settled on spray adhesive.  It worked like a charm and made the least mess.  To start out, I measured the center point of the top of my disk and put a small dot there.

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Then I wrapped the yarn into a tiny spiral with my hands, until I had a flat circle that was big enough to press down onto the center point.  After that, it was pretty easy to wrap and wrap and wrap.  The spray glue had a pretty long working time, but to keep it from drying on me, I worked in sections. I did the top circle first, then added the yarn.  Then, I sprayed a small amount on the top of the support rod and wrapped the whole middle without any additional spray until I got to the bottom where I added a small amount more. 

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To finish, I topped each stand with a cupcake that I had baked in rainbow-colored silicone cupcake liners and decorated the cupcakes with our colorful swirled icing technique. They look so yummy and festive!

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14 comments so far:

  • 1
    Shauna 11/01/2010 at 2:55 pm

    Love it! This particular yarn would be great for a Cinco de Mayo party.

  • 2
    Chica 11/01/2010 at 8:12 pm

    Great idea, Shauna. That would look perfect!

  • 3
    Rachel 11/03/2010 at 3:37 pm

    Those are so fun, I love the rainbow! Thanks so much, I’ll be linking.

  • 4
    kimbowest 11/05/2010 at 8:06 pm

    so fun and clever! loved the colors! I think it’s so just amazing! good luck on sytyc!

  • 5
    Lisa 11/07/2010 at 5:26 am

    Whoah these are amazing. Such fun colours

  • 6
    debbug 03/15/2011 at 1:25 pm

    Very cute idea and well executed. Do you mind sharing how you achieved such fine lines of colors in your frosting? I’ve never seen anything quite like it.
    Thanks and Happy Baking!

  • 7
    debbug 03/15/2011 at 1:29 pm

    Sorry. Reading more carefully I see that you were already kind enough to share the technique. Thanks so much! Can’t wait to try it out!

  • 8
    Chica 03/15/2011 at 7:46 pm

    debbug, that swirled frosting technique is so easy and gives such amazing results! I’m sure you’ll be hooked once you give it a try :)

  • 9
    Gail 04/07/2012 at 6:17 pm

    Do they fall over easily? I am thinking you could screw them all into one large circle cake board for more stability.

  • 10
    Chica 04/08/2012 at 11:58 am

    Gail, we haven’t had a tipping problem because we used a pretty wide base, but your idea for attaching them to a base is a great one.

  • 11
    Alison 05/07/2012 at 2:05 pm


    These are wonderful! Coulod you let me know from where would I get the decorative bases?

  • 12
    Jo 05/08/2012 at 9:13 pm

    We made them from pieces of wood. Read the tutorial to find out how to make some!

  • 13
    Lucy 12/30/2012 at 12:34 am

    Wow! Looks like the cover of a Dr. Suess book. I think it was Oh, the Places You’ll Go. Dr. Suess themed b-day party, here I come.

  • 14
    Chica 12/30/2012 at 8:38 am

    Lucy, you’re so right. These stands are kinda reminiscent of the cover of Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

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