DIY Milk Glass Cupcake Stands From Lucy Baby Designs

Hey everyone! My name is Lauren and I am so so so excited to be here blog swapping with Rach Makes Cakes! Seriously, Rach is the best! Have you ever had one of her cakes? They are DELISH! If you haven’t had one, I seriously suggest ordering one. Now. Usually, you can find me here at Lucy Baby Designs. Go ahead, click the link. I can wait for you to come back…

Anyway, today I’m making a cupcake stand to display Rachael’s seriously awesome cupcakes. I made it out of candle sticks and glass plates I bought at the dollar store. Hindsight- I wish I had gone to the Goodwill to find more interesting pieces. You may have seen something like this on Pinterest, but I have made it better!

I love how milk glass looks, and I figured out a pretty good way to mimic it. It’s super simple, this is what you will need.

Rubbing Alcohol
Enamel Paint
Glass Plates and Candle Sticks
Hot Glue Gun
Clear Spray Paint
First thing you need to do is clean the glass with rubbing alcohol. Make sure you get any sticky residue off before you start painting. 
I ‘m super obsessed with enamel paint right now. You can buy it at Wal-Mart, paint it on ANYTHING, and run it through the dishwasher! This, by the way, is the improvement I have made to other tutorials on this topic.
Paint multiple thin coats of enamel paint on the candle sticks and BOTTOM side of the plates. You want to paint the bottom and not the top for two reasons. One- enamel paint is not safe to have contact with food. It’s best to err on the side of caution here. Two- if you paint the top of the plate you would hide the pretty pattern that is on the bottom side. After you finish painting all of your coats, give the rim of the plates a quick clean with rubbing alcohol to remove any paint that may have gone over the edge. 

Place your items in a COOL oven, heat to 350 degrees, bake for 30 minutes, then turn the oven off and let them completely cool before removing them. After they are completely cool, hot glue the candle stick to the center of the plate. Spray all the areas that you painted with a glossy clear acrylic to give it a nice even glossy finish.

Now, like I said before, enamel paint says you can run it through the dishwasher. Since you have just used hot glue I would not advise doing that. But- you can certainly hand wash it without fear that the paint will chip (like if you had just used regular ol’ spray paint like other tutorial say to use).

You can set your new faux milk glass cupcake stands like this.

Or stack them like this! Which ever looks best on your table.

I can say for sure that I think they look best with some yummy red-velvet patriotic cupcakes on top! 
That’s it for me! Thanks Rach for blog swapping with me today! I enjoyed it! Don’t forget to come visit me over at Lucy Baby Designs



  1. I have never seen this before… wow… I just love it.

    I can’t wait to try.

    I also created a cake stand but I just love your milk glass finsih.

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