I am a newbie to the forums, but I look forward to interacting with everyone and learning new techniques and being inspired! Here's a recent project I did after I received an emergency call from a friend asking for my help when her cupcake stand didn't show up the night before her wedding. Her father and I worked on this for her and it came out great - quick, inexpensive and easy! It can be adapted to baby showers or birthday parties, just change the shape of the tiers to hearts or stars or whatever you want! If someone does this project for their event, I'd love to see photos!
4' x 8' x 1.5" White Foam Sheet (from Home Depot or other hardware store)
Hot Knife (I used one from Hot Wire Foam Factory)
Warm Temperature Glue Gun
8' x 1/4" Wooden Dowel Cut into 1' Pieces
1.5' String or Yarn
Quart of Water-Based Paint (The solvents in non-water-based paints can eat away at the foam)
Ribbon, Flowers, Tulle, Rhinestones, or Other Embellishments
Tie one end of the string onto the center of the marker. Be sure to allow enough room for the marker to spin around within the string but tight enough so it won't slip loose.
Draw circles on the foam, using the string or yarn and marker to measure and draw a 3 foot circle, a 2 foot circle, a 1.5 foot circle and a 1 foot circle. Hold the string down where you want the center of your circle to be - you could use a thumb tack or tape to hold down the string. Pull the string taught and, keeping the marker perfectly upright, use the string to outline the circle. This will give you a perfect circle.
Cut out the circles with the hot knife and set aside.
With the extra foam, draw 15 smaller 2 inch diameter circles for use as risers. Cut out the circles with the hot knife.
Paint all the circles and dowels in the color(s) of your choice and let dry.
Stack and glue 2 of the 2" circles together and set aside until you have 4 risers for the bottom. The remaining 2" circles will be used as risers for in between the tiers. In between the largest (bottom) tier and the second largest tier will have 4 individual risers and the next level will use the remaining 3.
Once the paint is dry, assemble the risers and 3 largest tiers and glue together. You may wish to use any remaining foam from the sheet as additional stabilization for the bottom tier by stacking and gluing two layers together and gluing them to the bottom middle of the tier.
For the top tier perched on the dowels, push the dowels approximately 1/4 inch into the foam of the bottom of the tier, then remove them and brush with glue and replace into the foam dents you made. Push the dowels into the foam of the tier they will rest on the same way, remove and brush with glue and replace back into the dents.
Add ribbon, flowers, rhinestones or other embellishments to suit your event. Holds 150 medium sized (not regular, not mini) cupcakes.