How to Make a Simple 3-tier Graduation Cupcake Stand

It was my nephew’s  graduation. I didn’t have time to  make him a fancy cake because my family and I traveled the day before his graduation.  I didn’t have  enough time to decorate the cake. So, I made cupcakes.  I wanted to place the cupcakes on a decorative stand, but I didn’t own one and couldn’t find one at the craft stores or online that’s affordable.  So, I made my own.  It’s really easy and inexpensive and you can decorate it anyway you want.

Materials needed:

  • 4- 10 inch cardboard cake circles
  • 2- 8 inch cardboard cake circles
  • 2 soup cans
  • Hot glue gun
  • scissors
  • decorative ribbon of your choice for edging the tiers
  • pencil
  • 1 plain 8 x 10 black card stock

How to Assemble:

Mark the length of the can and cut out the card stock to cover both soup cans (sorry, I forgot to take a picture); set aside.

Hot glue together  2 cardboard cake circles by placing the glue on the unfinished side of the cardboards.


You should have a double layer.  Repeat with the remaining cardboard cake circles of the same size.


You can cover the cardboard with a card stock to give it a more finish look or you can leave it be; it’s all up to you. Then cover the edges of the cardboard by hot gluing the decorative ribbon around it. Or, you can do this last. Your choice.


Place one of the cans in the center of the cardboard that are glued together (with the seam of the ribbon side up) and trace it all around with a pencil.  You can use a ruler to measure to make sure the can is in the center, but I just eyeballed it.



Trace the pencil mark with hot glue making sure it’s wide enough for the soup can to adhere. Before doing this, make sure the seams of the ribbons are all in the same directions (except the bottom tier if you are not adding a pillar below it).


Place the can (upside down) and allow the glue to dry/hardened.  Do the same with the remaining boards with the same size.


Assemble the tower by putting all the tiers together.   You can add a pillar at the bottom of the tower if you want. It’s all up to you.

Now you have your own cupcake stand.  🙂


Here’s the finished cupcake stand with the Graduation cupcakes I made. 🙂


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13 thoughts on “How to Make a Simple 3-tier Graduation Cupcake Stand

    • Thank you. Yes, definitely. You can use any color and jazz them with anything you desire.
      My pleasure. And thank you as well for stopping by. It’s much appreciated. Have a great day. 🙂

  1. Gorgeous and I am sure your nephew prefers it to commercial ones as it is unique and hand made by you with loving kindness 🙂 congrats to the graduate and blessinga for a fantastically bright future ahead 🙂

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