Since Jansen wants both a cake for himself and cupcakes for his friends, I needed to make a stand that would support both all in one.
I didn't want to spend a ton of money on this feature since we won't really be using it again in this form. The main decorative parts of it we needed to go purchase, but I pretty much had all the structural aspects.
Here is what I used:
cake boards (4 of each: 14, 12, 10, and 8 inch)
hot glue gun
My goal was to make three tiers to put cupcakes on and one tier for a 6 inch cake. We went Hobby Lobby to purchase the paper and ribbon. Ribbon was on sale for 1/2 off and I had a 40% off coupon for the paper.
Jansen chose red paper and black ribbon with single white dots.
First, using hot glue, glue 4 of the 8 inch cake boards together, following with the 10 inch, 12 inch, and 14 inch.
Next, trace the circles on the paper, cut out and glue to the circles.
Then, glue your ribbon around the edges of each disc.
Using blue colored card stock (at Jansen's request), cover three soup cans using hot glue
Then stack it all up. I made little hash marks on the center of each disc so that it made it easier to place the soup cans. At this point, I have not glued the cans to the discs yet, for sake of easy storage for next month's use...but that is the final step.