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Cupcake Stand

Cupcakes are a popular treat for birthday parties and other festive gatherings. Add to the decor of your celebration by displaying them on a lovely homemade stand. (And when the party's over, use the stand to display vases, plants, or any other decorative objects you like.)

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 6092


Resources: All tools and materials, including Martha Stewart Living paint in Picket Fence, available at The Home Depot.


  • Ruler

  • Carpenter's triangle

  • Carpenter's compass

  • Pencil

  • 1/4-inch MDF (micro-density fiberboard)

  • Jig saw with fine-tooth blade

  • Fine-grit sandpaper

  • Tack cloth

  • Foam paintbrush

  • White paint

  • Wood glue

  • Hammer

  • 1/2-inch tack nails or brads


  1. Download cupcake stand template to use as a guide. With a ruler, carpenter's triangle, compass, and pencil, draw out components of stand on 1/4-inch MDF.

  2. Cut out all pieces using a jigsaw fitted with a fine-tooth blade. Sand all edges with fine-grit sandpaper and remove dust with tack cloth.

  3. Using a foam brush, apply two coats of paint to all parts of the stand.

  4. Once paint is dry, assemble stand using wood glue and 1/2-inch tack nails. Attach center brace perpendicular to and in the center of back board, then attach each of the three tiers.

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