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Fancy Rustic Cupcake Stand


Shanty 2 Chic
Shanty 2 Chic
Shanty 2 Chic
Shanty 2 Chic

We love to entertain during the holidays and we put this cupcake stand together just in time! It makes a great centerpiece and can be used year round! This is a quick and easy build that requires minimal tools and you may even have enough scraps in your lumber pile to make it for free :)

(Note: We have given the option of permanently assembling this - per plans - or building it so that it can collapse and be stored - per tutorial. Make sure you're signed in or signed up for RYOBI Nation to view both!).

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

      First, start by cutting the 3/4” plywood down to make tiers. I cut 1 at 21”, one at 17” and 1 at 13”. I used my circular saw with a guide attached. If you don’t have a guide, you can clamp a scrap board onto the plywood and use it as a guide. **Exclusive Feature**: Click here to download Shanty 2 Chic's blueprints for this How-To!

    2. Step: 2

      Next, I cut 4-1x4 boards for each tier (totaling 12 boards) to trim around the plywood edges. I wanted to fancy it up a little so I traced a little design on each 1x4 piece. Everyone has a stain can laying around their garage so this was my go-to! I traced around the can, starting in the middle of each board and worked my way left and right.

    3. Step: 3

      Once the designs were drawn, I used my 18-volt jig saw to cut out the design.

    4. Step: 4

      I used wood glue and my Airstrike Stapler to attach the trim to the plywood tiers. (If you choose to permanently assemble this, you can assemble the tower first, then attach the trim - per plans).

    5. Step: 5

      Next, I cut 2 - 4x4’s at 8” and stained all of the pieces with one-coat of Varathane Dark Walnut.

    6. Step: 6

      Once the stain dried, I decided I wanted a more rustic look so I used my Corner Cat sander to distress the edges a bit. I applied 2 coats of Varathane Polyurethane.

    7. Step: 7

      To assemble the stand, you could use wood glue and screws - as stated in our plans (do this before you stain) but it is large and I want it to be able to take it down and store it. So, I decided to use indoor velcro fasteners to attach the pieces. I put 4 on each end of each 4x4 and that was it!

Comments (14)


  • I absolutely love it and everything you two ladies create :) I can't wait to create this for the holidays.
    By SoCraftySewCreative, on October 16, 2014


  • So going to have to build me one of these!!! ❤️❤️❤️ It!!!! So freaking rusticly cute!
    By Kimbergirl, on October 17, 2014


  • Very Cute!
    By Melhoehn, on October 17, 2014

  • This is my favorite cupcake stand!
    By marly, on October 17, 2014

  • So cute! I'd love it in white, too.
    By mindyleebee, on October 17, 2014


  • Love this stand and it would be perfect for my cakepops I make for shabby chic weddings and events. Love the tools used to make it. Thanks!
    By Kimcb, on October 20, 2014

  • This looks like a great and easy project! Thanks for the instructions!
    By Age6racer41, on October 23, 2014

  • This is the perfect build for our upcoming princess birthday party! Thank you!
    By schubbuck_127461, on October 25, 2014

  • I think it isvery cute and functional. great job
    By angelax64, on November 14, 2014

  • Just found your sight. Love this. I'm Very inexperienced in building things but this looks like I may be able to make this for a friend. Thanks for sharing
    By elijzemom, on August 25, 2015

  • This is so cute! I just started woodworking and I'm quickly becoming addicted. I'm so inspired by all of your projects!
    By Nicole Marie, on May 12, 2016

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Fancy Rustic Cupcake Stand

by Shanty 2 Chic
Oct 13, 2014

We love to entertain during the holidays and we put this cupcake stand together just in time! It makes a great centerpiece and can be used year round! This is a quick and easy build that requires minimal tools and you may even have enough scraps in your lumber pile to make it for free :) (Note: We have given the option of permanently assembling this - per plans - or building it so that it can collapse and be stored - per tutorial. Make sure you're signed in or signed up for RYOBI Nation to view both!).

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1

    First, start by cutting the 3/4” plywood down to make tiers. I cut 1 at 21”, one at 17” and 1 at 13”. I used my circular saw with a guide attached. If you don’t have a guide, you can clamp a scrap board onto the plywood and use it as a guide. **Exclusive Feature**: Click here to download Shanty 2 Chic's blueprints for this How-To!

  2. Step: 2

    Next, I cut 4-1x4 boards for each tier (totaling 12 boards) to trim around the plywood edges. I wanted to fancy it up a little so I traced a little design on each 1x4 piece. Everyone has a stain can laying around their garage so this was my go-to! I traced around the can, starting in the middle of each board and worked my way left and right.

  3. Step: 3

    Once the designs were drawn, I used my 18-volt jig saw to cut out the design.

  4. Step: 4

    I used wood glue and my Airstrike Stapler to attach the trim to the plywood tiers. (If you choose to permanently assemble this, you can assemble the tower first, then attach the trim - per plans).

  5. Step: 5

    Next, I cut 2 - 4x4’s at 8” and stained all of the pieces with one-coat of Varathane Dark Walnut.

  6. Step: 6

    Once the stain dried, I decided I wanted a more rustic look so I used my Corner Cat sander to distress the edges a bit. I applied 2 coats of Varathane Polyurethane.

  7. Step: 7

    To assemble the stand, you could use wood glue and screws - as stated in our plans (do this before you stain) but it is large and I want it to be able to take it down and store it. So, I decided to use indoor velcro fasteners to attach the pieces. I put 4 on each end of each 4x4 and that was it!

  8. Step: 8

    Enjoy! **Exclusive Feature**: Click here to download Shanty 2 Chic's blueprints for this How-To!