Hi friends! I’m here today showing you how I took an outdated brass chandelier and turned it into a unique and awesome chandelier cupcake stand for Halloween! I love trash-to-treasure projects.
I found an ugly brass chandelier at the thrift store for $5 quite awhile ago (I couldn’t find my own “before” photo so I used a sort of similar one from here) . I was thrilled because I had come up with the idea that I wanted to turn it into a unique cupcake stand. Fast forward
way too many several months of thinking about it and I finally started working on it! I took the chandy completely apart–which was strangely scary at first but then sort of liberating! Pulled out all the wires and bits and pieces and basically made a big mess in my kitchen. Then I primed the parts and spray painted them all with a glossy white paint.
After the paint was dry I started putting it back together, making sure that the base was flat and that everything was level. I used six 6 1/2 inch thin wooden circles (found at Hobby Lobby for about 75 cents apiece) and a larger 10 1/2 inch circle (around 99 cents) for the center piece. I painted the circles with glossy white spray paint as well. You can use your favorite strong adhesives, such as E6000, hot glue or gorilla glue to hold it all together. It was kind of a pain to configure everything, I’ll be honest. But it worked out. And I didn’t completely lose my sanity.
Here is my plain chandelier cupcake stand! The thing I love about it is that you can keep it simple or you can change it up for whatever party/event you have. Since Halloween is near, I decked it out with orange and black to dress it up!
I wanted to make a few different borders around each of the circles, and since I am still in love with banners and pennants and scalloped edges, that is what I went with! I used some border punches for the scallops. I made a simple mini pennant by cutting out small triangles from patterned paper and hot gluing them to some thin ribbon. Loving the jumbo black ric rac too. Oh, and the pom poms! Easy.
I made sure to use teeny tiny drops of hot glue to hold the trimmings onto the wooden circles, this way I can remove the borders and change them up for different holidays or parties. Maybe you could use velcro too?
While I like the simplicity of having one cupcake per small circle, I found that I could fit about 3 cupcakes into each of the smaller circles, and 6-8 cupcakes on the larger center circle. Or you could put one main cake in the center and smaller cakes on the outer circles. Lots of options here!
My chandelier-turned-classy-cupcake-stand!! (Right by my Square Halloween Wreath from last year that I still love.)
Now, to eat those yummy cupcakes!
ETA: I have a larger base that I’m adding to the bottom to help with stability. I realized this after I had taken all of the photos for this post.
**** Wanna hear a sad (but sort of funny now) story? While I was taking all of the photos for this post I accidentally knocked the stand and cupcakes all over and got frosting every.where. I had a mini tantrum and then hurried and cleaned it up and got back to taking pictures. Neat, huh! (i was so mad) The larger base will help now!! ****