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Lace Cupcake Towers

This project is not only a piece of cake to construct, but also incredibly budget-friendly.

Print our clip-art borders (we used text-weight paper) and cut them to fit an assortment of round boxes and lids. Then, build tiers out of the boxes and wrap the trim 'round and 'round them. After you've filled each level with diminutive cupcakes peaked with white frosting, the playful castles are transformed into edible art.

You can construct as many boxes as you need -- just be sure to mix and match tall and short stacks.

These instructions are to make the exact replica of the towers shown here. This project is very forgiving, so you may use other sizes of box bases and lids to make towers; however, you may need more or fewer strips of clip art. These towers were made to hold mini cupcakes only.

For all the towers, you will need to print the necessary amount of designs onto 11-by-17-inch ivory text-weight paper. We used 32-pound. text-weight 11-by-17-inch felt paper in creamery (P_T32473), from paperpresentation.com. Use a metal straightedge and craft knife to cut at crop marks. 

With scissors, cut freely around scallops, leaving approximately 1/8 inch of white border. If your pattern does not bleed off the edge of the paper, cut off white ends, so that the pattern can match seamlessly. To attach the clip-art lace to the edge of the platforms, secure with double-sided tape and overlap ends by about 1/4 inch so the design matches.

Short Three-Tier Tower

Tools and Materials:

Short Three-Tier Tower How-To:

  1. Trace the bottom of each box or lid on ivory text-weight paper, and cut out circle with scissors. Flip box so open portion of the box is facing down and glue the paper circle to top.
  2. Assemble the tower by stacking the boxes in this order from bottom to top:
    Riser one: (bottom) 9-inch-wide-by-2 1/2-inch-high box from 1009723.
    Platform one: Lid from the 13-inch-wide-by-7 1/2-inch-high box from DC280065.
    Riser two: 8-inch-wide-by-2 1/2-inch-high box from 1009723.
    Platform two: Lid from 10 1/4-inch-wide-by-6-inch-high box from DC280065.
    Platform three: (top) Lid from the 6 7/8-inch-wide-by-6 3/4-inch-high box from DC280061.
  3. Print 3 copies of design A, and cut into strips. For this tower, you will need 6 whole strips and 2 half-sized strips, so be prepared to cut one strip in half.
  4. Secure 1 strip of the lace pattern A with double-stick tape to platform 1 so the strip just touches the table. Cover the rest of the platform, overlapping each strip about 1/4 inch so pattern matches.
  5. Attach 1 strip of lace pattern A to platform 2 so it touches the base of platform below. Repeat to cover the rest (you will need one half-sized strip). Repeat process with platform 3 using 1 whole strip and 1 half-strip.

Tall Three-Tier Tower

Tools and Materials:

Tall Three-Tier Tower How-To:

  1. Trace the bottom of each box or lid on ivory text-weight paper, and cut out circle with scissors. Flip box so open portion of the box is facing down and glue paper circle to top.
  2. Assemble the tower by stacking the boxes in this order from bottom to top:
    Platform one: 13-inch-wide-by-7 1/2-inch-high box from DC280065.
    Platform two: 9 1/4-inch-wide-by-5-inch-high box from DC280065.
    Platform three: Round 4 1/2-inch-wide-b-2 1/2-inch-high box from 1005201.
  3. Print 1 copy of design A, three copies of design B, and two copies of design D. For this tower you will need 6 strips of design B, two strips of design D, and one strip of design A.
  4. For platform 1, attach 1 strip of design B so bottom of strip ends 3 1/2 inches up from the table. Repeat with 2 more strips of design B. Next take another strip of design B and attach it so the bottom edge just touches the table. Repeat with 2 more strips of design B so platform 1 is completely wrapped in a double-layered lace design.
  5. Cover edge of platform 2 with 2 strips of design D.
  6. Cover edge of platform 3 with 1 strip of design A.

Tall One-Tier Tower

Tools and Materials;

 

Tall One-Tier Tower How-To:

 

  1. Trace the bottom of box on ivory text-weight paper, and cut out circle with scissors. Flip box so open portion of the box is facing down and glue the paper circle to top.
  2. Print 1 copy of design B. For this pattern you will need 1 whole strip and one half-strip of design B, so be prepared to cut 1 whole strip in half.
  3. Cover the edge: Attach 1 strip to box with bottom edge just touching the table. Repeat with half-strip.

Medium Three-Tier Tower

Tools and Materials

 

Medium Three-Tier Tower How-To:

 

  1. Trace the bottom of each box or lid on ivory text-weight paper, and cut out circle with scissors. Flip box so open portion of the box is facing down and glue the paper circle to top.
  2. Assemble the tower by stacking the boxes in this order from bottom to top:
    Platform one: 10 1/4-inch-wide-by-6-inch-high box base from DC280065.
    Platform two: 7-inch-wide-by-3-inch-high box base from DC280065.
    Platform three (top): 3 7/8-inch-wide-by-4 1/8-inch-high box base from DC280061.
  3. Print 2 copies of design C, 1 copy of design A, and 2 copies of design B. For this tower you will need 4 strips of design C, one strip of design A, and a half-strip of design B.
  4. Cover the edge of platform 1: Attach 1 strip of design C so bottom of design ends 2" above the table. Repeat with 1 more strip of design C. Next, attach another strip of design C so the bottom of the strip just touches the table. Repeat with last strip of design C.
  5. Cover edge of platform 2: wrap strip of design A and secure with tape. For platform 3, wrap the half-strip of design B around level and secure with tape.

Short One-Tier Tower

Tools and Materials:

Short One-Tier Tower How-To:

  1. Trace the bottom of box on ivory text-weight paper, and cut out circle with scissors. Flip box so open portion of the box is facing down and glue the paper circle to top.
  2. Print 1 copy of design A. Cut 1 strip in half. For this tower, you will need one strip of design A.
  3. Wrap the whole strip around the box and attach to box with tape.

Comments (3)

  • 15 Sep, 2011

    What a great idea! Thank you for sharing, I love all the buzz about cupcake towers. They are so popular and cute, so I am definitely going to make one of these budget friendly towers. Thanks for the tip!
    http://www.penguincupcaketowers.com

  • 15 Feb, 2011

    i'm going to use this concept to create a "cake pop" stand... can't wait!

  • 24 Jan, 2011

    How very clever..... I don't have a need at present time, but oh my, I so like this!