How to make a Cupcake Stand / Decor Pedestal

*edited to add: If you make this cute stand, don’t put food directly on it. The spray paint used isn’t approved food-safe paint. Only put cupcakes in liners on it or use a little paper doily before setting food on it. I prefer to use this cute stand to hold decor items on my bookshelf.*

I had this great idea to make a stand for a glass dome I recently purchased. I started the stand using dollar store stuff, but mid project I found something better for my glass dome.

Now my new dollar store stand has found an even better home!

Call 9-1-1 ’cause there’s a fire in the house!

How to make your own cupcake pedestal using dollar store items.

Here’s how you can spend $2 and create one of your own really fun decor stands.

First, start with a candle in a jar. I didn’t care about the candle, I just wanted the little jar! I got a pairing knife and dug the wax out. Once it was all out I washed it really well.


Nice. And. Clean.


Honestly, you probably could have left the wax in the candle and no one would ever know…

So then I flipped the candle holder upside down and Gorilla Glued it to the bottom side of a terracotta plant dish.


So easy!

Now, what really makes or breaks this project is the C-O-L-O-R!

This has the potential to be a totally lamespice stand so I chose a fire engine RED. Hoping to avoid all lamespiceness. Srsly.


It’s bringing sexy back.

Is it just me or does it kinda remind you of a fire hydrant? The texture of the candle holder and the red together… KEEP MY DOG AWAY!


So where should I put it?! Honestly, I have NO FLAT SURFACES in this apartment. None. Except my one sad little side table (which isn’t even mine! It’s rented). Side table it is! That was an easy choice. What were my options again? Counter or side table. Right.


Okay, so I bought this tray thing at a thrift store like two months ago. It’s like! so stained!


I sprayed it down with ORB (shock of the century, I know) and I put it on the side table with a few little things on top. Oh, and did you notice I gave my little bunnies a coat of heirloom white? So much better than bright white…


I’m not really sure what a fire hydrant, bunnies, a globe, and a dice have in common, but I ONLY HAVE ONE FLAT SURFACE!

Did I mention that I’m moving in 6 weeks? Back home? To my HOUSE?! With LOTS of flat surfaces and shelves?!!


Don’t worry, I promise I wont be a tacky decorator once I move. Promise. I’ll keep the bunnies and globe and fire hydrant in separate rooms.


Time to put out the fire.

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  1. This is so cute! I would never have thought about using a candle cup for the base. Now you know I’m going to have to make one for myself. I love it!

  2. I love this! The candle container is just too creative….it gives me a whole new avenue of containers to explore!

  3. 😛 😛 Love your fire hydrant stand!! Perfect!! And your bunnies are adorable!
    SueAnn 😉

  4. LOL – yes it does remind me of a fire hydrant! I love it!

  5. Love it, love it, love it! Full of ideas you are my friend. Be blessed. Cindy

  6. This candle stand is really cute. Wish they made spray paint that was food-safe! Joni

  7. Excellent! LOVE the pop of red with the black and white accessories! You are insanely creative and I think I have blog envy. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

  8. That turned out awesome! Love the red.

  9. I love the red!

  10. That is one fire that you don’t want to burn out! It is a smokin hot idea! I can’t wait to make one!

  11. Saw your post at Reinvented and wanted to stop by and tell you I like it!! I am surprised it painted up so well!!

  12. I love it! I am still in search of a cheese dome and board to recreate yours because I thought it was the bomb! 😆

  13. I love that red! So bold and pretty!! I’m ready to get in my new place and decorate too. The past couple of weeks I’ve been going nuts because I can’t do much in the way of crafting.

    I’ve given you the Trendy Blog Award…come on over and check it out!!

  14. Love it! Using the candle gives the base and nice thickness… love it for a more casual look… very cute!

  15. Great idea! I have trouble marrying two objects together on my own…without seeing ideas like this! Thanks for sharing! I may have to hit GW soon to look for odds and ends like this!

  16. Girl…you make crafting so sexy!!! Great repurposing! 😀

  17. Adorable stand and that color? So much fun!

  18. This is adorable! Now I have to go on a hunt for a little candle like this so I can attempt to make one of these for my sons 3rd birthday!

  19. super super super!!!
    lo voglio fare anche io!!!mi piace troppo!!!!

  20. How very cute! Thanks for sharing!
    Come link to my very first link party today!

  21. Call the Fire Deptartment cause that this is HOT! 😉

    Thanks for linking up with Sugar & Spice.

  22. Fantastic idea. I love the items you used.

  23. So many inspiring ideas in one post!
    I am a big saver of old candle jars and crocks.

  24. If the stand thingy you painted in ORB is cermaic like and pretty heavy, its a Pier 1 candlescpaing tray. I used to work there adn thought I recognized it right away. The spots on it look like the bases of candles that had wax melt around them too. Just letting you know what it was in its previous life:)
    Great project!

  25. Very creative and very cute! I have so many empty candle holders so I might just have to give this a try, and I hadn’t thought of using a terracotta plant dish–thanks for the tip!!! 🙂

  26. I love it~ I just made a glass cake stand last week. It’s going around! This red is just beautiful~

  27. This is adorable! I am going to try making one of these for sure! Thanks so much for sharing at Sweet Charli!

  28. That is one of the best stands I have seen! You would never guess that it was once it’s original parts. Love the red. Just wait till Valentines Day! Or Christmas!

  29. How cute and crafty is this!!! I love it! Thanks so much for linking to my party and I hope to see more of your awesome projects next Thursday!
    Have a great weekend!


  30. That is so pretty! I love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing this on Favorite Things Friday!

  31. impressive. I used to have energy to make stuff. Now I have kids. But I still like other people’s creativity.
    This is an easy one. I might find time for it with my 10 year-old. Thanks.

  32. What a cute idea!

  33. Would make a cute little bird bath or bird feeder as well! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!


  34. Hi. I love that paint color.

    That is all.

    (Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!)

  35. Love this stand – I will be keeping my eye out for these items next time I hit the Dollar Store!


  36. Love that color!
    Thanks for sharing @ Anything Related!

  37. I love the red! It looks great!

  38. I love this! SO easy so cute just my thing! I saw the pic of you chiseling away at that candle..if you just stick a candle in the freezer for a few hours it will just pop out! I do this w/my scentsys as well. 🙂

  39. I just found your blog today. I LOVE your sense of humor (or “writing style” in case it wasn’t meant to be funny) and your creativity! I’m always looking for a new project, and any project involving the dollar store is extra awesome. I love the tray, and the… oh nevermind it would take too long to list all the projects you posted that I like! You’re bookmarked – thank you for being here!

  40. What kind of food safe paint did you use on the cake stand?

  41. What is ORB? Nothing crafty is coming up when I google it! Thanks!

  42. Do you remember what kind and shade of paint you used for this? I love how bright and shiny it is! This is so cute!!


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