DIY: Repurposed Cake Stand

Recycle a couple of mismatched cups and saucers into a centerpiece that will please your guests


We're sure that one of the highlights of your holiday celebration will be the delectable desserts that you will serve. Make your sweet treats even more appealing by creating a multi-tiered cupcake stand out of the mismatched and orphaned cups and saucers hiding in your kitchen. You can also fill your cake stand up with fresh flowers and use as a dining table centerpiece!

Crafts by Arlene Sanchez Maslog. Styling by Dagny Madamba. Photographed by Vincent Coscolluela.

Read the original article ("It's a Piece of Cupcake") in the April 2012 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details. 

  • Assorted saucers and dinner plates
  • Coffee cups, small drinking glasses, or small bowls (to be used as supports)
  • Ceramic glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Masking tape
  • Paper towel
  • Nail polish remover
Re-do it:
  1. Build your multi-tiered cake stand by starting with your lowest and strongest support—use the biggest cup or bowl. Pick the biggest saucer/plate to place on top of it. 
  2. Lightly sand the bottom surfaces of both the cup and bowl (the contact points or parts that will be stuck together). Wipe the surfaces clean.
  3. Apply glue to the contact points. Clean off excess glue with a paper towel dipped in nail polish remover.
  4. Place a small stack of books over the cup and saucer to weigh it down until the glue is dry.
  5. Repeat with the next tier (NOTE: It is important not to make your cake stand too high for danger of toppling over—three layers is the maximum). Let dry.
  6. Add cupcakes!
A charming centerpiece

You may also use your finished project as a beautiful centerpiece by adding flowers instead of cupcakes.


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