Extra Large Cupcake Tray

Today I'm revisiting a thrift store favorite using
an assortment of metal trays... large, larger and huge!...

and a salt and pepper mill set...

First I took apart the salt shaker,
and attached it to the bottom tray with screws. 

I took apart the pepper mill and took out the long metal rod
that went all the way up the mill to the finial.

I used a saw to cut the pepper mill into several pieces 
and layered the other 2 trays in between...

Then replaced the rod from the pepper mill, it went through all of the pieces so I could re-attached the top of the mill and screw the finial back on top.

 E6000 glue added extra strength...
(after all, this monster is almost 3' high!) 

I primed and painted it white...

added rubber legs to the bottom for stability, 
distressed the wooden center pole, 
and used wax to secure the finish....

and here is the finished cupcake stand at last night's party...

(VERY red and green cupcakes taken with the phone camera)

It worked great!

This cupcake tray was used to display small
items at a local flea market and was sold right
out from under me!


I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. Great idea! Love it! I think I'm missing a creative gene somewhere....so much stuff to learn!

  2. Brilliant! I may have to borrow this idea!

  3. Wow, I love it! You are one talented girl.

  4. This is so cute. I have seen tiered trays done with many items but I can honestly say never with a salt and pepper set! Excellent job Susan!!

  5. Cute idea! You make it look so easy!

  6. FABULOUS! What a great idea and it turned out so pretty looking in White! You are talented! Thanks for sharing. Hugs,

  7. Now I want a cupcake holder to go with the cupcake I also want.

  8. yay for quick sales and new homes for our odds and ends!

    I'm not surprised it sold so quickly.... great job Susan!

  9. That is ingenious! I'm glad you're on OUR side. :)


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