The idea of this cupcake stand came around when I was storming up ideas for Gabriel's 1st birthday party. Because the theme was 'honey bear' based around Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree I wanted a 100 acre wood feel which meant my gorgeous antique milk glass cake stands had to stay on the shelf for this party!
I had recalled seeing some rounds of wood at the craft store from one of my countless trips (can anyone else practically walk the aisles of JoAnn's and Michael's in their head?) and I knew they would be perfect! I wish I could have just grabbed some from the back yard (where is my childhood when I need it?!) but like most people I had to buy my wood from the store.
Connecting the levels was the tricky part- well finding pieces to connect them was! What I REALLY wanted was just two rounds off the bottom of a Christmas tree (that size anyways) but like finding the larger rounds, I couldn't just go outside and collect them nor did I find these at the craft store (I forgive you JoAnn's and Michael's... this time at least) fortunately I have my hardware store knowledgeable husband!
What you see above are two different types of furniture/cabinet feet! The tall one was a touch too tall but that was not a problem after my husband took a bandsaw to it.
The assembly of the cupcake stand was fairly simply- the feet already had threaded rods so all we needed to do was drill a hole where I wanted the feet to go. In the picture below you'll see that in order to drill the hole to correct height (without risking drilling too deep) my husband placed a ring of masking take around the bit- genius.
Ideally the upper foot of the stand would have a threaded rod on the top and bottom for this project- you can either just glue the top round of wood on to the top of the foot or you can drill a hole and screw in your own rod. We went with the 'screw in your own rod' route but if my husband wasn't helping I'd no doubt just glue that sucker on!
To finish it off, give it a few coats of polyurethane for a sealant so the wood will not soak up any of the grease/oils from the treats it lovely displays. We bought a can of polyurethane from JoAnn's only because they are so awesome with coupons. You can buy it in jar form too but because of the bark I didn't want to use a paint brush to apply it- spray was the much easier and quicker option.
I absolutely love the way it turned out and with the use of coupons this whole project came in under $20! I'm looking forward to getting some good use out of this cupcake stand.