Tiered Dessert Stand

By  Eileen Hull 

Create this three-tiered dessert stand using pretty patterned dishes from flea markets and thrift shops. They are quick, easy to make, and may be tailored to coordinate with everyone's décor.

  • Tiered Dessert Stand
  • Side View
  • Different Angle
  • Closeup View of Cupcake
  • Decorated Candy


  • Vintage dishes: saucer; salad plate; dinner plate; small dessert cups, two
  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam Balls (Dow): 2-1/2” (large cupcakes); 3” (mega cupcakes)
  • Texture paste
  • Glitter
  • Acrylic paints or ink to tint texture paste
  • Embellishments of choice
  • Cupcake liner
  • Delight Air-Dry Modeling Compound (Creative Paperclay)
  • Acrylic paints or ink to tint clay
  • Mold
  • Brown spray paint
  • Candy liner
  • Coordinating paint
  • Texture paste


  • Eclectic Products E-6000 Industrial-Strength Adhesive
  • Serrated knife
  • Note
  • 1. For best results, take care to adhere cups to exact center of dishes.
  • Tiered Dessert Stand
  • 1. Wash and dry dishes. Apply E-6000 Industrial-Strength Adhesive around lip of dessert cup and center carefully under salad plate. Repeat for saucer tier. Let glue cure for 24 hours.
  • 2. Using photo as guide, adhere salad plate/dessert cup tier to center of dinner plate and to base of saucer/dessert cup tier. Let glue cure for 24 hours.
  • Tip - Stand
  • 1. Instead of creating one dessert stand, create single-layer tiers you can stack. This will make it easier to wash and store.
  • Cupcake Decor
  • 1. Shave or flatten sides of foam balls into cupcake shape, leaving tops in domed shape.
  • 2. Cover top of cupcake with tinted texture paste. Add glitter, micro beads or other embellishments if desired while paste is still wet.
  • 3. Place decorated cupcake inside liner and let dry. Quick Tip: For oversize cupcakes, use 3" foam ball and small (2-4 cup) coffee filter as a liner.
  • More - Cupcake Decor
  • 1. Attach hangers to cupcakes for darling ornaments.
  • Chocolate Decor
  • 1. Tint clay and press into mold. Let dry. Pop from mold and spray paint "candies" brown.
  • 2. For "icing", drizzle candies with dimensional paint.
  • 3. Place candy inside liner and let dry.