Make your Dessert Table the envy of every party or Themed wedding with this DIY Fairy Woodland Rustic Cupcake Stand w/ tree stumps and moss accents.
The other day I was looking for a cupcake stand. But I didn’t want just a typical cupcake stand made of plastic. No, you can get those at any store.
And I didn’t want one made from cardboard. Those are one time and throw away. No, I wanted something unique that I could use over and over.
I wanted something that would look great on a tablescape for parties, or when we invite guests over. Something that would work well for birthday parties, yet still look great in pictures when I bake new recipes for you all to enjoy.
And I found one I absolutely loved! But I did NOT like the $200 price tag that came with it. OUCH!
So, I decided, well, I’ll just go make my own!
And you know what that means right?
You got it! That means YOU get to make one too! Because I can’t just make it and not share with you how to make one too! Because this is not any cupcake stand. This is a Woodland Rustic Cupcake Stand made from wood tree slices of various sizes.
Best of all, this cupcake stand is insanely easy to put together! And it doesn’t require a lot of supplies either.
If you have access to someone with random pieces of (healthy) wood laying around they aren’t doing anything with, ask them if you could buy a few round slices from them. It will save you, even more, money and make it even more authentic-looking.
If you don’t live in a rustic area with access to real trees you can simply cut up, I have you covered too.
Woodland Rustic Cupcake Stand Materials
- 3 Wood rounds in various sizes (1 large, 1 medium, 1 small)
- 2 wood pillars (various sizes – 1 larger, 2nd smaller)
- 1 package The Moss Collection Reindeer Moss Spring Green Color
- Hot Glue Gun & Hot Glue
- Butterfly and Hummingbird accents (or any woodland creature you’d prefer)
Just by looking at the supplies, you can already tell this is going to be super easy right? And it is!
First I picked up my Wood pieces from Joann’s in the unfinished wood section. I found a large birch round for the medium level. Then a medium birch round, for the top level. A tall 3-inch birch pillar and a medium 3-inch birch pillar.
I couldn’t find a matching birch round that was larger, so I got a Basswood country round for the base round. They aren’t exactly the same wood, but it is close enough and they still look good together.
You can also get the Moss at Joann’s. Also look in the floral department for any butterflies you might want. They were sold out at the time I was there.
You can seal the wood with a varnish or sealant if you want. I just wanted to leave mine unfinished for a more rustic look. I might eventually go back and put a natural varnish on just the tops, but for now, they work just as they are.
To begin I simply laid out all the wood pieces and began by hot gluing the moss onto the wood.
There is no set way to do this. It’s all about what you think looks good. And it really depends on each individual piece of wood.
Simply pick up each piece of wood, look it over and lay small pieces of moss on it in various spots to see what looks good. Once you find a spot that looks good, add some hot glue, and glue the moss in place.
It helps to use a bamboo skewer to push the Moss into the hot glue so you don’t burn your fingers. Because no one likes burnt fingers. I’ve done that quite enough times, thank you very much. It’s a wonder I have any fingerprints left. Haha.
Rotate the wood and find another spot that looks like it would be a natural spot for moss to grow, or where moss would look good. And glue the moss into place. Repeat this process around the entire round of wood.
Continue to do this process for each piece of wood you have.
I found for the birch pillars, I didn’t want as much moss as I wanted with the wood rounds. I knew they would be under the rounds, and often hidden in the shadow a bit. But also I didn’t want any to get in the way of the cupcakes I would put on the Rustic Cupcake Stand.
So I ended up putting less Moss on the Birch Pillars.
Once you are finished adding the moss to the wood, you can move onto the accents.
I really lucked out and found my butterfly and hummingbirds at the Dollar Tree in the kid’s craft section.
I mean REALLY, how perfect is it that I found a Hummingbird!?
It’s always smart to lay the accents on the wood to ensure you like their placement before gluing them in place.
Once you are certain you like the placement and the look, then you can hot glue them in place.
Make sure to take into consideration to not place the butterfly or hummingbirds too high or low on the pillars to be in the way when they are stacked with the wood slices to create the woodland rustic cupcake stand tower.
Now the last step is simply assembly.
Place your largest wood slice on the bottom. Add the tallest birch pillar where you want it.
Add the medium wood slice. Then add the next birch pillar. Finally, top off the tower with the final wood slice.
Adjust each level until it is exactly how you want the final Woodland Rustic Cupcake Stand to look.
If you want your Woodland Rustic Cupcake Stand to be permanent, you will glue each level into place with wood glue.
But I decided I actually don’t want mine to be permanent. I want to be able to take mine apart and use it in various pieces. Because sometimes I might need the full Woodland Rustic Cupcake Stand, but other times, I might want a different look.
Maybe something like a layered wood sliced with pillars on the side for varied height and layers on a tablescape.
I like being able to mix it up based on the different needs at the time.
Or if I’m just shooting an image of one cupcake, I can just use one of the birch pillars as a cupcake stand and not need the entire Woodland Rustic Cupcake Stand.
Plus being able to take it apart means it is much easier to store as well.
But really it is up to you how you want your Woodland Rustic Cupcake Stand to be. Permanent or not.
Now, with your Woodland Rustic Cupcake Stand finished, it’s time to go make some cupcakes!
Try some of these amazing cupcake recipes below, and then display them on your new Woodland Rustic Cupcake Stand for your friends, family, and neighbors to Ooohh and AHH over.
First check out our fun Smurf’s Mushroom House Cupcakes Video below, which is the reason why I made this Woodland Rustic Cupcake Stand in the first place, haha.
Honorary Mention, while not cupcakes, they would still look amazing on the Rustic Cupcake Stand….
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Wednesday 28th of February 2018
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Tuesday 18th of July 2017
Amazing cake stand... But how much time does it take to make it?
Tuesday 18th of July 2017
The longest part is simply gluing on the moss. So that really depends on how much moss you add. It took me about 1 hour to put on all the moss on all the pieces of wood. I added the Butterfly and Hummingbirds in under 5 minutes. Then just stacked the pieces together and was done. If you use less moss, it would take less time. More moss it might take a little more time.
Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place
Sunday 16th of July 2017
There is no doubt that rustic is a trend that won't be going away any time soon. I love this idea, and I like that you made it in a way that you can keep using it. That's very practical and will save us tons of money too, because we no longer have to buy cupcake stands over and over. Thanks for the full tutorial on how to make this!