Budget Tip of the Day: Tiered Cupcake Stand
Thrift store decorating keeps getting better and more fun for me each day. This tiered cupcake stand was a snap to put together and only required a couple items. You’ll need a candlestick, two melamine plates, and a decorative knob. There are always lots of old candlesticks at thrift stores. The trick is to find one that will work for this particular project. You need to be able to unscrew and disassemble the candlestick in 2 places. If you’re not sure, just test it out while you’re in the thrift store. If it unscrews then you’re probably good to go. You can also find these plastic melamine plates at thrift stores. I found both of these there, but they are also pretty cheap to buy at any home store. Target has some really cute plates with fun designs. The best part about this is that you can take it apart when you don’t need it. You can mix and match the plates to change up the look whenever you like. Just use the one candlestick and you’re good to go.
Here is the complete play by play:
I started with 2 plates, one candlestick, and one decorative glass knob.
I found a few different candlesticks at the thrift store that worked for this. They all unscrew in different places, which will give me few different looks to show you. I spray painted them all white. I’m not such a fan of the gold, brassy look.
Next you need to drill a hole through the center of each plate. I used a regular drill bit to do this. I started with a smaller hole, and then gradually made it bigger by switching to a bigger drill bit each time. I did it this way so the plate wouldn’t break. Make sure you drill through from the top of the plate. I started in the back on my first one and it cracked. You might need to pick up an extra plate in case the drilling doesn’t go well. You can use the cracked plate to practice on before you start with a new one.
Once your hole is drilled, take apart the candlestick.
Then simply put it back together, adding the plates as you go.
I used a pretty glass knob to cover the opening where the candle is supposed to go. I just placed it right in there to cover the hole (no drilling of screwing required here). And that’s it!
Here is another look using a different candlestick. This one only unscrewed in one spot, so I turned it into a single pedestal.
Wouldn’t you love to have a party and put all your cupcakes and treats on these plates?! How lovely.
If you’re not into cupcakes, you could use this as a place to keep your jewelry.
Wouldn’t this make a great gift as well?
The grand total for this tiered stand was $2.00!! I already had the knob and the paint so I didn’t count that. Each plate was 75 cents and the candlestick was 50 cents. It’s so much cheaper (and cuter) than anything like this that you could buy. This really makes me want to throw a party just so I can serve all the food on these cute stands.
Come back tomorrow for a new thrift store decorating idea.