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DIY Serving Stand for Under $12

Creating a DIY Serving Stand is easy and frugal with cheap glassware from your cabinet, a thrift store, or Dollar Tree. Get creative by mixing and matching dishware for a one-of-a-kind way to display finger food at your next gathering.

close up of a homemade serving stand

Today is day two of my Dollar Store Craft Week is an $1 DIY Tiered Serving Tray. I have wanted a 3-tiered stand for a long time but have not found one that I really like or that was a price I am willing to pay. This DIY Cupcake Stand caught my attention, but I am not a fan of the white plates. I decided that glass was the way to go.

DIY 3 Tier Serving Tray


3 plates of choice $1 each at Dollar Tree
2 candle sticks $1 each
E6000 Glue $6

glassware needed to create a 3-tier tray

This is a very easy craft to make. The biggest issue is getting the items centered while gluing.

I did not want to mark the center on the actual plates, so I make a paper template for the bottom plate. I was able to eyeball the other two due to the design on the plates.

The key to this tutorial is turning the candlesticks upside down. That gives more surface area for cupcakes or other goodies.

E6000 Glue has a very strong odor, so I suggest that you glue and let it dry outside of the house. I used it out in the garage.

Tips for Using E6000 Glue
use & dry in a well-ventilated area
wear a face mask
wear disposible gloves
let it cure for 24-72 hours

E6000 Glue is also used for this Elevated Chip & Dip Bowl.

glass 3-tier stand

I just *LOVE* my stand! It looked so festive with our yummy Christmas snacks at our party on Saturday. It is washed and sitting on our dining room table now and I just smile each time I see it!

stand loaded with Christmas treats

While I used mine for our Christmas party, it is great for any party gathering. Each stand will be different depending on the dishes you use. What special event or holiday will you use yours for?

Yield: 1 stand

DIY 3 Tier Serving Tray

DIY 3 Tier Serving Tray

Make a 3-tier serving stand for about $10 using Dollar Tree or thrifted glassware.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 3 days
Total Time 3 days 15 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $11


  • 3 plates
  • 2 candlesticks
  • E6000 Glue


  • gloves
  • face mask


  1. Wash and dry the dishware.
  2. Mark the center of each plate so you know where to place the candlesticks.
  3. Put on gloves and a face mask to protect yourself from the glue.
  4. Turn each candlestick over and glue in place. Upside down allows for more room on the serving tray.
  5. Let the glue cure for 24 to 72 hours. If you want to make sure it is properly dried, give it the full 72 hours.


Check out stands created by readers here on Pinterest. Please upload your creation so we can all see it!

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Tuesday 17th of April 2018

Which plates did you use from the Dollar Tree? Specifically the sizes? This looks gorgeous and is exactly what I've been looking for.

Diana Rambles

Tuesday 17th of April 2018

Hi Dee! Thanks for asking. I just went and measured. The bottom is about 10" across. The middle plate is slightly smaller. The top plate is about 6" across and it's actually a pillar candle plate. I made this several years ago so I am not if sure Dollar Tree has the same exact plates or not. You might consider a thrift store or garage sale for unique plates. Don't forget to turn the candlesticks over for max space. :)

Kimberly Glinski

Friday 27th of September 2013

It turned out beautifully! I love it so much that I'm going to make one also! Thanks for the tip on how to carry it out and thanks for linking it up to Throwback Thursday!Kim

Anne @ Domesblissity

Wednesday 2nd of January 2013

Hi Diana! Happy New Year. I've seen these done before but you make it look so easy. I'm going to start making some of these this year. I'm featuring it at Thriving on Thursday tomorrow. Hope you'll be able to share some more of your fantastic projects again with us all this year.

Anne xx


Saturday 22nd of December 2012

This is such a great idea! I pinned it for future reference. :)Thank you for sharing at Marvelous Mondays!

Angie Ouellette-Tower

Saturday 22nd of December 2012

Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Blog Hop!Debi @ adornedfromabove.comAngie @

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