DIY Dollar Store Cupcake Stand

by Alli

 I’m excited about this DIY Dollar Store Cupcake Stand! It’s so simple to make and you can make a group of these or use them at each place setting when hosting a party. 

I wanted to make individual cupcake stands for a party. Ideas began to take shape in my mind and I headed to the dollar store to find the materials I needed. 

Head to the Dollar Store for Materials

Of course, when I got to the Dollar Store, the one item I needed was nowhere to be found.

So, I adjusted my sails and prepared to change course as I perused the aisles of that store. And then it hit me like a ton of bricks.  (She’s a brick house is now playing in my mind).

You know those cute little glass cupcake stands with the cute little domed cover and cute little knob on top? The ones that hold just one lone cupcake? I love those things.

Every time I plan a party I think about using them as part of my tablescape. I would need a lot of them and the price never seems to fit within my budget.  

I’ve seen those little stands priced from $14.99 each (online and big shipping fee) to over $40.00!  Nope. Not gonna happen.

Little Cheese Plates for the Win – DIY Dollar Store Cupcake Stand

I was so excited when I realized I have 4 little cheese plates that I had ordered out of a magazine when trying to help a kid raise money for her school.  

Those little plates had been sitting way up in a kitchen cabinet and had never seen the light of day. They fit perfectly into my little project!

And from the get-go, I made the decision to only use craft items I had on hand (except that I was out of glue and had to purchase some). And I knew I wanted to spray paint (why, oh, why is it raining today?) the body because I didn’t want to just have the entire thing be glass. That’s no fun!

Thankfully, I had plenty of red spray paint leftover from Christmas. Since it’s almost Valentine’s Day and my favorite color is red, I can use the DIY cupcake stands for any occasion. 

Now, I do have some neon pink spray paint . . . better save that for something else.

Actually, the only thing I had to buy at the dollar store was the domed cover. I had plenty of the $1.00 glass candle holders leftover from another project.

A Trip to Hobby Lobby

I did make a trip to Hobby Lobby to buy glue and the knobs for the top of the domed cover.  The knobs were half price and I used my Hobby Lobby coupon from my phone, so the glue was almost half off, too.

Materials Needed for DIY Dollar Store Cupcake Stand

You will need these materials to make a DIY Dollar Store Cupcake Stand:

  • 3 small plates (or pillar candle holders from the dollar store)
  • 3 glass candle holders
  • E6000 Glue
  • Spray paint
  • Glass Domed Covers (dollar store vases)

Materials for DIY Dollar Store Cupcake Stand - cheese plate, glass vase, glass candle holder

The below photo is what the DIY Dollar Store Cupcake Stands will look like when you’re done. If you want to add Red Velvet Cupcakes, my recipe is amazing.

 Red DIY Dollar Store Cupcake Holder with Red Velvet Cupcakes Under Glass Dome

The knobs I purchased at Hobby Lobby are perfect for these cupcake stands.




Yield: One

DIY Dollar Store Cupcake Stand

DIY Dollar Store Cupcake Stand

This DIY Dollar Store Cupcake Stand is so cute. Make several to use at your next party.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy


  • 3 small plates (or pillar candle holders from the dollar store)
  • 3 glass candle holders
  • E6000 Glue
  • Spray paint
  • Glass Domed Covers (dollar store vases)


  • No special tools needed!


    1. Find the center of the bottom of the plates and glue to the top of the glass candle holder.
    2. Glue knob to top center of the domed glass. Let set overnight.
    3. Spray paint the bottom (glass candle holder and plate) of the cupcake stand and let dry.
    4. To use, place a cupcake on the stand and top with the glass dome.

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Amanda Smith January 23, 2014 - 1:52 pm

Very creative! i love the Dollar Store. They have a lot of neat things if you’ll just look around. Thank’s for the idea.

Anna @ Northern Homestead January 23, 2014 - 2:05 pm

This is beautiful! You are definitely very creative!

Rebekah January 23, 2014 - 2:33 pm

I love them! They look great.

Kristen from The Road to Domestication January 23, 2014 - 3:40 pm

OH. MY. GOSH. I LOVE THESE!!!!! I’m pinning! What a fun project!

Alli January 23, 2014 - 5:05 pm

It was fun! We will be doing this once a month using whatever dollar store object Barb picks. I have to say I really enjoyed it.

Kirby Carespodi January 23, 2014 - 6:03 pm

I love how this turned out! This was such a fun project!

Kim January 23, 2014 - 7:40 pm

WOW!!! I’m beyond impressed. I would never look at the original item and think cupcake stand especially the way you transformed them!!!

Caitlin January 23, 2014 - 8:11 pm

LOVE!! Great idea! And great photography too! 🙂

Robin January 24, 2014 - 7:40 am

Amazing how great glass can look spray painted … shapes transform with a solid color vs the clear of glass (or crystal). Great bold color used on a small item = impact. These will work so well for a valentine’s celebration too.

Cindy Eikenberg January 24, 2014 - 7:51 am

Alli, I absolutely LOVE these!!! I’ve always wanted some of those little cupcake stands but just like you, no way was I spending the money. These are just fabulous!! Thank you so much for sharing and definitely pinning!! Hope you are feeling better, my friend, and thanks so much for sharing – oh, and adore the red, too! 🙂

Shirley @ Intelligent Domestications January 24, 2014 - 9:11 am

Girl ! You were born clever, weren’t you! These make great centerpieces for a Valentines Tablescape. I’m on my way to see the other creations now, Pinteresting along the way!

Kathleen January 24, 2014 - 12:47 pm

How do you come up with this stuff? So clever and beautiful. I totally want to copy this!

Kathleen January 24, 2014 - 12:47 pm

How do you come up with this stuff? So clever and beautiful. I totally want to copy this!

Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads January 24, 2014 - 5:22 pm

Hi Alli, your cupcake stands need to get together with my dessert stands that I made! Similar ideas but I love how you made a little dome for yours! Thanks for participating in the challenge! It has been fun seeing what everyone has created! Pinning your beautiful photos!

tammigirl January 24, 2014 - 7:10 pm

Really cute! And if you were inspired to do so, you could change up the colors any time you want!

Melinda Snavley January 24, 2014 - 9:23 pm

Beautiful!! Great idea!!

Leah Hostetler January 24, 2014 - 10:01 pm

Well aren’t you a clever one 🙂 I love this idea!!

Crystal January 24, 2014 - 11:32 pm

So pretty! I love them!

Paula@SweetPea January 25, 2014 - 7:06 am

This is so cute! I hope you are one of the winners of this challenge.

Tammy...circa-1929 January 25, 2014 - 9:02 pm

Oh anything that houses wonderful cupcakes is a win for me 🙂

Karen January 27, 2014 - 12:12 am

They are so adorable! Looks like you had a lot of fun 🙂 thanks for sharing 🙂

Nancy April 13, 2016 - 9:42 am

Hi Alli, I bought all the material at the dollar store except for the knob….where do I get them? Would Michaels or JoAnn Fabrics have them?

Love this idea – I am making them for mother’s day!!!!

Alli April 13, 2016 - 9:43 am

I bought my knobs at Hobby Lobby. I hope they turn out great!

Eric October 14, 2016 - 3:19 pm

Very cool!I wanted to reach out to you and see if you would be willing to test out some of my glass etching craft supplies for free for feedback. Any interest? Shipping of the supplies will be free as well. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. I would really appreciate it Eric

Monica Johnson June 13, 2020 - 1:43 pm

Please send link for the knobs. Couldn’t find them at Hobby Lobby near me. Thanks

Alli June 13, 2020 - 2:26 pm

I wrote this article back in 2014 and Hobby Lobby may have discontinued those knobs.
Here is a link from Hobby Lobby with several glass knobs that would work. Good luck and thanks for asking.

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