A friend of mine was having trouble thinking of a theme for her daughter’s birthday party. She was going to have cupcakes served as opposed to a single cake, because the little guests all wanted their own fancy cupcake. And I mean fancy. We’re talking Italian Creme and Black Forest Cherry, no vanilla or plain yellow. Such works of art deserve to be properly displayed, but she was at a loss as to how to do it. She had a cake plate, but that’s rather plain, and these cuppies need more cowbell. So I suggested making cupcake stands as party favors.
- various bread plates, or small dessert plates.
- several short candlesticks, glass or ceramic.
- E-6000 glue.
First, take your plates and candlesticks and wash them well. Usually I wash with dish soap, and then wipe down with alcohol, just to make sure. If you got any candlesticks from the thrift store like I did, make sure all the wax is removed. I used Goo Gone™ for that. Next, apply a thin ring of glue around the candlestick top.
Now, this is the part where engineering comes into play. Take the plate, place it upside down on the work area, and proceed to stick the candlestick in the middle. Remove quickly to let the glue thicken a bit, then replace, holding down firmly.
Let it set for about a day (24 hours like the tube says), and you are ready to display your cupcakes!
Total cost per stand was roughly $1.50. The plates varied from .50 to $2.00, and the candlesticks varied from .10 to $1.00. I made eight of these for her party, all of them different. If you want to make them all the same, you can go to the dollar store and get plates and candlesticks and fashion a set for entertaining.
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