DIY Cupcake plates & Cake plate {Picture Tutorial}

Hey Y’all! Today I’m going to show you how to make super cute cupcake and cake plates. I just hosted a bridal shower for my future sister-in-law. We had an assortment of cupcakes and I wanted some cupcake plates for the tablescape. I  didn’t want to spend a lot of money buying them so I made my own with just a few things from the thrift store and dollar store.

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These were very inexpensive and easy to make. I have been scouting out the thrift store and dollar store for the supplies I needed to make these. Here is what you need:

what you need plates

I got the saucers and candlesticks from the Goodwill. I got the green plate and ice cream dish from dollar tree. You need a glue gun or E6000 glue. I used a glue gun because I wanted to be able to take them apart for easier storage. If you want it to be permanent use the E6000 glue. I spent around $7 for everything! The ones I found on Etsy were $18 for 1 plate!


This ice cream dish was perfect for a cake plate. It is bigger so it could support plate better than a candlestick.  Put hot glue on the bottom of the ice cream dish then place it in the center of the bottom of the plate.


I used my hand to apply even pressure to help it form a good bond.


Do the same for the saucers and candle sticks


Apply hot glue to the bottom of the candlesticks and center on the saucer.






Here they are all done. I wanted different heights for them so it would give more dimension to the table so that is why I used different candlesticks.

tablescape 2

Here’s the table from the shower. I love how it looked with  my homemade cupcake and cake plates.



We put some flowers on them also.  When the shower was over,they easily came apart to clean and store.

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  • Angela

    I love that you used different things and small plates! I have done this for a wedding I catered but used E600 glue (stays FOREVER!) and then I used bigger plates and the bottoms were candle stick holders. Thanks for sharing cute!

  • Laura

    Wow, I love this!

  • I love it! What a great idea, everything looks beautiful.

  • Jan

    Very cool! My mom uses the old restaurant trick: a paste of cornstarch and water to cement the dip bowl to the plate, etc. Washes off and no risk of burns! (I’m a klutz with a glue gun.)

    • Marji

      what a great idea! I will have to use this idea in the future, I hate when the dip bowl slides around on the plate!

  • Jennifer

    super cute Marji! You’re so clever!

  • Robin

    What do you mean it comes apart? As in the hot glue isn’t permanent? How stable is it while in use, then? thanks

    • Marji

      The hot glue is not permanent, but makes a strong bond to hold things together. I didn’t have any problem with the things coming apart while I was using them, but was able to pry the candlesticks off the plates without breaking anything. Hope that helps!

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