Upcycling toilet paper rolls into quirky cupcake stands
I absolutely love finding creative ways to reuse everyday household items that would normally be tossed in the trash. It’s so rewarding to transform something as simple as an empty toilet paper roll into a fun decorative piece for my home.
Toilet paper rolls are the main item needed for this easy DIY upcycling project. I like to stock up on rolls ahead of time so I have a good supply ready when inspiration for a new craft strikes. Cardboard from paper towels or paper napkins can also be used if you don’t have enough toilet paper rolls.
Other handy materials include:
Acrylic paints – I prefer acrylics because they dry fast and give great coverage on cardboard. Bold primary colors work well for a fun, whimsical look.
Hot glue gun – Essential for assembling the cupcake stand pieces. Low temp glue guns work fine and are less likely to burn fingers.
Scissors – For cutting rolls to size and shaping cardstock pieces. Craft scissors like Fiskars make cutting curves easier.
Cardstock – Colors that complement the paint colors look nice. I use this for the “icing” and cupcake wrapper pieces.
Embellishments – Things like ** Pom poms, googly eyes, and sequins** can be glued on for extra personality!
Making the Cupcake Bases
The toilet paper rolls form the bottom of each cupcake. I like to use 3-4 rolls clustered together for each stand.
First, paint the rolls in your desired colors. Do 2-3 coats of acrylic paint to fully cover the cardboard. Let dry completely.
Next, arrange rolls in the cupcake grouping you want and hot glue together at the sides. The bottom rolls should overlap slightly and be staggered a bit for a fuller, taller look.
Adding Decorative Details
These finishing touches make the rolls truly look like delicious frosted cupcakes!
Cut circles from cardstock to match the size of your roll “cupcakes”. Glue these over the tops of the painted rolls for the icing.
For the wrapper effect, measure the circumference of the rolls and cut long, thin cardstock strips to fit around each cupcake bottom. I drape these strips loosely so a bit of the cardboard shows through.
Embellish with pom poms, googly eyes, sequins, or anything fun! Hot glue these details in place.
Displaying the Cupcake Stands
The whimsical upcycled cupcake stands make great display pieces for parties or home decor:
Cluster in the center of a breakfast table or dessert buffet as tiered stands for real baked goods. So cute at kids’ birthday parties!
Use as elevated platforms to show off decorative items like candles, figurines, or floral arrangements. The bold colors complement any room’s palette.
Stack two or three as a vertical tower to take up less surface space. Looks adorable on a desk holding office supplies or jewelry.
With just a bit of simple crafting, these toilet paper roll cupcake stands make me smile every time I look at them. I love giving new life to everyday objects through fun, quirky upcycling projects like this!