How To Make a Reusable Cupcake Tower: With Step By Step Instructions and Photos

The Completed Tower With Cupcakes

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How To Make A Cupcake Tower For All Occasions

I'd like to share with you how easy it is to make your own Cupcake Tower that can be used over and over again for different occasions. Not only is it economical to make, it's bound to please your guests.

Supplies You Will Need To Make The Tower

To make a cupcake tower you will need the following supplies:

Large cardboard pieces from sturdy discarded boxes

You can also use Styrofoam sheets you can find at a Craft Shop. I find Styrofoam hard to cut. I don't have a heated knife to make good clean cuts.

Heavy duty plastic disposable cups 3 to 4 inches in diameter and 3 inches high

Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

Utility knife with SHARP BLADE to cut out the cardboard

Acrylic Spray Paint

Decorative Ribbon or Lace

Compass for marking and cutting rounds out of cardboard,

if you don't have a compass, you can make one using a pencil with a string tied to the top.

Measure the distance of the string to obtain the distance from the pencil top to the point.



Height of The Finished Cupcake Tower

If you use all five of the tiers, the tower will measure 15 inches high.

The 3 inch cups raise the tiers to give you ample room for cupcakes topped with Frosting.

As you can see from my photos, I made one of my towers taller, using more tiers.

Getting Everything Ready To Assemble The Tower

I have to tell you right up front that cutting out heavy cardboard is NO fun. You must have a sharp utility knife! Lay the cardboard down on a surface like concrete. Don't try to use scissors: you'll kill your fingers. It's important to use heavy cardboard or your tower will not be strong.


Mark and cut out one 20 inch round piece

Mark and cut out one 17 inch round piece

Mark and cut out one 14 inch round piece

Mark and cut out one 11 inch round piece

Mark and cut out one 8 inch round piece

Spray paint the pieces of cardboard what ever color you want. For the Christmas tower, I painted the pieces dark green.

Spray paint the plastic cups.


Later, for the Baby Shower Tower I just covered the pieces with baby wrapping paper.

Constructing the Cupcake Tower

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Dry Assemble The Cupcake Tower

To Dry Assemble the Tower:

Don’t glue the cups in place until you are sure they are spaced evenly around the round tops

Lay the 20 inch round cardboard on a flat surface

Place 6 of the plastic cups on the round top upside down.

Lay the 17 inch round on top of the plastic cups

Place 4 of the plastic cups on the round top upside down.

Lay the 14 inch round on top of the plastic cup

Place 4 of the plastic cups on the round top upside down.

Lay the 11 inch round on top of the plastic cups

Place 3 of the plastic cups on the round top upside down.

Lay the 8 inch round on top of the plastic cups

You’ll have to move the plastic cups around until they are evenly spaced.

When you are satisfied with how the tower looks at this point, go back and hot glue the plastic cups in place.

For extra strength and security, you can put a big spot of hot glue on the bottoms of the cups to hold the round pieces firmly in place.


The first time I constructed one of these towers, I used cardboard instead of the plastic cups, but then I discovered the cups work just as well.

Constructing The Two Towers I Made

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For the Christmas tower, you can use red or gold tinsel to cover the plastic cups

Using the hot glue gun, I added lace around the edges for the Baby Shower Tower, and Christmas ribbon round the edges for the Christmas Tower.

After the occasion is over that you made the towers for, take them apart and store the pieces flat to be used again at another time. Since you’ve used hot glue, the pieces will come apart with just a little pressure.

If you're lucky enough to have space to store the tower, just drop it down into a plastic trash bag completely assembled for the next celebration.

Bake and Decorate The Cupcakes

I don't remember exactly how many cupcakes I made for the Birthday Tower. I used a ready-to-use white cake batter, and I made a basic white frosing.

The leaves are made from rolled fondant and cut out using a small holly leaf cutter.

Some Of The Decorated Cupcakes

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Completed Cupcake Tower With Cupcakes

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The Two Towers At A Christmas Birthday Party

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Decorated Cake On The Top Of The Tower

I made this tower for a Birthday party for my Daughter, Holly. This little 8 inch cake was perfect for the top tier.

Top Of The Tower With A Small Decorated Cake

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Making The Baby Shower Cupcake Tower

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The Cupcake Tower At The Baby Shower

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The Baby Shower Cupcake Tower

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Just Takes A Little Imagination

As you can see, all you need is a little imagination to create a beautiful cupcake tower. It's a lot of fun, and you'll get all kinds of appreciation and praise!

You can use your creation over and over again. Just decorate it with your new theme!

I can just see my tower used again this year for Halloween! I will place a small pumpkin on the very top. At Easter, I can use a small Easter Basket......the possibilities go on!


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

Mary, useful, awesome, and interesting. These are very cool and I can see how these can be used for many events. This would be a good idea for a bakery.


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi the lyricwriter, thank you so much for your nice compliment. If you buy one of these on the internet, they are very expensive. Mine is cheap! I did link your Baby Shower Hub to this one. Thanks!


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia

What cool ideas!! I'm def going to try this. I danced on your buttons and voted up!


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida Author

Habee, you're the greatest! Thanks for the vote UP. You keep me motivated. Wish I could be more like you....you just keep on cranking out the Hubs. I'm anxious to read your newest. See you around....


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

These are beautiful and a great way to recycle. The photos are great also. Thank you for this marvelous idea! This should be a Hub of the Day. I will suggest that.


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida Author

Wow! Hyphenbird, I would be honored. You know I was going to buy one of these towers for the Birthday party until I priced them. I thought, I can make this, and I did. It's kind of funny, there is an ad on this Hub for The Cup Cake Tower. One of my friends suggested using soup cans instead of the plastic cups. That might be a too heavy, though.


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stylezink 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA.

These are great presentation ideas. I think I have all these supplies handy around the house too. I'll have to try this. Thanks for inspiring me! Great hub!


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hello my creative friend, stylezink! You won't have any trouble doing one of these. Any questions or problems, let me know by email, OK?


girltalksshop 4 years ago

Cool, I loved the pics and your great ideas! Have to bookmark this one. Voted up and useful! : )


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi there, girltalksshop, thanks for reading about how to make a cupcake tower, and for the nice compliment. Do hope you try to make one of these. Thanks for the votes, too! Good to see you today!


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alissaroberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

Love this idea! I am going to have to make one of these to display my Easter cupcakes this year. Thanks for letting me know about this hub! Voted up and a few others!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi there, alissaroberts, I'm so glad you found this Hub on making a cup cake tower. I can just see your beautiful cupcakes on one of these. The good thing is once you make it, you'll have it year round to use. Thanks for the vote, too!~ See you again soon, I hope.


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Lyn.Stewart 4 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

voted up useful and interesting.

I love making cupcakes and sharing them with friends. By using this method of creating cup cake towers I will be able to gift my friends with their very own unique cupcake tower. Thankyou


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Lyn.Stewart. That would be such a nice gift to give someone the tower you made! I keep mine and reuse it for all upcoming events in my life. I do hope you will make one of these!

Thanks for reading and commenting.


Ruth Pieterse 4 years ago

Great ideas. Thanks.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Ruth Pieterse. I'm glad you think my Hub on making a cup cake tower is a good idea.

I like it cause I can keep it from year to year.

Thanks for reading and commenting. Mary


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kandamom9912 4 years ago from Ohio

Very cute! I need to share this with a friend of mine. Her and her family have a cupcake business that could use something like this!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

HI kandamom9912. Thanks for reading my Hub on making a cupcake tower. I love cupcakes. I'd love to have a cupcake business myself. Thanks for passing this information along to your friend!

I like having my own towers to reuse for different occasions., Mary


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dfelker 4 years ago

You should be on Cupcake Wars! Awesome hub! Gonna try it for the next school bake sale...


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi dfelker, thanks for reading and taking the time to comment on my Hub about making a cupcake tower. If you make many cupcakes as I do, it's so nice to have a tower like this that you can reuse.

Mary


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I have a couple of baby showers coming up and this is a great idea! Actually I'll send this hub to my daughter so she could create it:) Thanks Mary!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Linda. Thanks for reading about my cupcake tower. It really is a good thing to have for all occasions. Next, I will decorate mine with Halloween cupcakes!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Mary, this looks really effective, a real centre of table setting and the fact it is adaptable is even better. Very interesting hub, loved the photos too.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Jools. Yes, this cupcake tower is very adaptable for any occasion. I will use mine for a Halloween party next. I make cupcakes decorated for Halloween; should be lots of fun!

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

A lovely decorative dessert idea, Mary. Thanks for sharing it! Pinned and shared too!


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I love the idea of a cupcake tower. It is a decoration in itself! Great idea!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

Your cupcake tower is a great idea for serving cupcakes at a party. I like the easy instructions and the fact that this can be taken apart and used again for another occasion. Voted up and pinned! Shared with followers, too.


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FreezeFrame34 4 years ago from Charleston SC

Awesome hub with great directions and pictures! I will definitely be referencing this hub a lot throughout the holidays and birthdays quickly approaching!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, midget38. I'm happy you like my cupcake tower. Thank you so much for reading, commenting, the shares and the Pin.

I look forward to seeing you again, soon. Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, rebeccamealey. I'm so glad you like my idea of a cupcake tower. It is just a handy thing to have for all occasions. I brought it out and used it for Halloween cupcakes.

Thanks for the visit to my Hub, Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning Stephanie Henkel. With your talent in baking, you will have a great time making cupcakes to display on this tower. I'm glad you like my idea of making a cupcake tower.

Thanks so much for the votes, the share and the Pin. Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi FreezeFrame34. I do hope you will make a cupcake tower to use all through the holidays. I think you will enjoy having one to reuse.

Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. Mary


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

This is awesome. I love to make this cupcake tower for my Christmas cupcakes. I have always wanted to know how to make it. Thanks for this idea. Voted up and useful.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, Thelma Alberts. You just made my day with your nice compliment on my cupcake tower! I'm so happy I have inspired you to make a cupcake tower. You will enjoy it year round to show off your cupcakes.

Thanks for the votes, I appreciate that so much, Mary


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ishwaryaa22 3 years ago from Chennai, India

A wonderful hub with detailed instructions and amazing photos! The cupcake tower definitely would be the cynosure of all eyes on any occasion or party. Your cupcake towers are beautiful. Way to go!

Thanks for SHARING. Pressed all the buttons except funny(sorry). Voted up, pinned & shared both on HubPages & Facebook


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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

Wish I had seen this for my daughter's birthday. She loves cupcakes and this is the perfect display. Shared, pinned, voted etc... Awesome hub. Thanks.


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joaniebaby 3 years ago

Voted up and beautiful. Such a great idea. Why didn't I think of that? Because I'm not artistic or imaginative--I have to follow other people's ideas. But I am glad to do just that. Thank you so much.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Ish. So nice to see you! Thanks for the lovely compliment on my cup cake towers. I used these at Christmastime to put my decorated cup cakes on and they were so pretty.

Thanks so much for the votes, Pin and the shares. I do appreciate that, Mary


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Glimmer Twin Fan. You know, I think everyone loves cupcakes! These cupcake towers are so handy to have to use at any kind of party. I hope you'll make one for your daughter's next Birthday party.

Thanks so much for the votes, the Pin and the share! Mary


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, joaniebaby. So nice to "meet" you today! Oh, yes, you are very creative: I've looked at some of your Hubs. I do hope you will make one of these. You'll be glad you did. Mary


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petweddingtheme4u 3 years ago from Connecticut

This is such a cute idea. I want to try this :). Thanks for sharing


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi petweddingtheme4u. So nice to "meet you" here today! Thanks for reading and commenting on my Cupcake Tower, and for the nice compliment. Yes, I do hope you will make a tower, too. You will enjoy using it, I'm sure.

Hope to see you again soon, Mary


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petweddingtheme4u 3 years ago from Connecticut

Hey Mary615 it was my pleasure commenting. If I make one I will share my results :). Take care.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi there, petweddingtheme4u. I'll looke forward to hearing when you make a CupCake tower. Hope you'll write a Hub about it!


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Diana Lee 3 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

I love your idea. It sounds like a project I can do for my granddaughters birthday in April.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Diana Lee. I am so happy you like my idea on making a cupcake tower! It makes a great display for any occasion. I used mine at Christmastime for decorated cupcakes.

I do hope you will make one, Mary


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

I love it! It's visually appealing, decorative, and has both a cake and many cupcakes. I bet it would be cool for a wedding, too, as long as there weren't too many guests.

Thank you for sharing this. I noticed the cupcake tower photo on your article about Martha Stewart, and I was curious to see the instructions.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Kathryn Stratford. I'm happy you like my Hub on making a cup cake tower. One of my daughters made one of these for a wedding shower and decorated it all in white and it was just beautiful!

The tower is not that hard to build, and the nice thing is you always have it for special occasions.

Yes, thanks to Martha Stewart for teaching me how to make a cupcake tower!

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

What a clever idea to make your own cupcake tower. Love all the photos and how you have used yours on different occasions. Up votes and pinning this to my crafts board.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Peggy. I'm so happy you like my cupcake towers! I had so much fun making them. One of my granddaughters just used one of these for a friend's baby shower last week, so that made me happy. Thank you so much for the votes and the Pin.

My best, Mary

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