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Upcycled CD Cupcake Stand

Don't throw away those old CDs! Instead, create an Upcycled Cupcake Stand from Tiffany Windsor that you can display on your kitchen table. Upcycled crafts ideas are great for saving money and repurposing items you already have. This is the perfect project for a party!

Upcycled CD Cupcake Stand


  • Aleene’s Platinum Bond 7800 All Purpose Adhesive
  • CD’s
  • Crop-A-dile
  • Glass stand (I’ve used glass vases, candle holders, votives, glass lampshades)
  • Rubbing alcohol and paper towel
  • Spray paint ( I used flat white)
  • Embellishments (I used earring backs, flat head pins and beads)


  1. If you want bead drops on your stand, determine spacing along outside edge of CD. Mark and punch holes.

    Upcycled CD Cupcake Stand
  2. I found the coolest glassware at my local thrift store which included votives, candle stands, vases, glass lampshades and more. Clean your glassware with soap and water. Dry completely and wipe with rubbing alcohol to remove any greasy residue.

    Upcycled CD Cupcake Stand
  3. Apply Aleene’s Platinum Bond 7800 to top of glassware.

    Upcycled CD Cupcake Stand
  4. Lay face down onto back of CD. Let glue dry overnight.

    Upcycled CD Cupcake Stand
  5. I like to spray my stands with a flat white spray paint like this example. Then if you decide that you want to paint another color or collage over the surface (or leave them white like I did), you have a nice base to start from. Be sure to use blue masking tape to cover any areas of your glassware that you want to remain clear (I did that on the tall cupcake stand.) Once your paint is dry, insert bead drops.

    Upcycled CD Cupcake Stand
  6. On this stand, I glued earring backs along the outside edge of the CD before I spray painted.

    Upcycled CD Cupcake Stand

    Upcycled CD Cupcake Stand


For a comprehensive video tutorial of this project, check out How to Make CD and Glass Cupcake Stands.

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I think it's a great idea. And the only part I will need to purchase is a base. The dollar tree has a wide selection from which to pick. As far as someone's comment about gluing things together for a temporary idea, this is not temporary. It can be used all the time.

I'm not a fan of gluing together parts that could be used on their own but are ruined forever being glued to something else for a temporary purpose. Fair idea - except for all the gluing.

i've been needing some way to organize my pierced earrings. i think i'll try this on a "tallish" vase of some sort. it can be weighted down with marbles, maybe.


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