I had put Wedding Wednesdays on hiatus for the busy holiday season, but since we’re starting out a typically mild January, I’d like to finish out the series. I have a few more DIYs and amazing builds by my husband that just can’t go unblogged. I’ll be wrapping it up at the end of the month, but for now, lets talk cupcakes.
The bride and groom decided they wanted mini cupcakes rather than a traditional cake. It ended up fitting in well with the dessert buffet and the gluten-free requirement. They chose three flavors, but the biggest issue was what to serve them on. We considered round wood cuts, but my husband happened to find some rough cedar that made perfect stands, and took him little time to make.
He went with three stands – one three tier and two double tier. He cut the bottom piece for each 30 by 12”, the next piece 22 by 12” and the top for the tallest stand 14 by 12”.
He used giant nails to create the layers. These things were 12 inches long and 3/8” diameter. They almost looked cartoonish.
He marked a spot at the midpoint front to back and about 2” from the end on each side. Then he stacked the boards, making sure the top was centered over the bottom and drilled a hole, using a bit just slightly smaller than the nail, stopping about 2/3 of the way through the bottom layer. He repeated the process for the top step on the tallest stand.
He centered the holes in the top tier over an opening on his table saw and hammered the nails in.
He then lifted it over the bottom layer, inserting the nails into the holes. He hammered them in, making sure it was level and the nails were fully in the bottom layer without poking all the way through.
He was finished with all three stands in under half an hour. At that point in the process, time was getting short and anything that could be finished that quickly and come out looking so amazing was a win.
These stands were absolutely perfect for the mini cupcakes. They fit in well with the country décor and were even the right size. I haven’t had the heart to get rid of them yet. I might go buy myself some cupcakes just so I can use them again.