How To Repurpose Victor Records Into A Glam Cupcake Stand

Repurpose / Refurbish
Vinyl record cupcake stand

Vinyl record cupcake stand. This wedding cake and guest cupcake stand is sure to please your audiophile guests and grandparents alike!  At less than $20 in materials from the Riverside ReStore (or your local reuse store), what’s not to love?

Charmingly Retro Wedding Cake Stand  

From the moment I first held a Victor record I had been envisioning the crafting possibilities.  You may have seen them before and dismissed them as outdated or unusable vinyl LPs; however, if you were to hold one you would know immediately that it was no ordinary record.  Rigid, weighty and often one-sided, they were the original records for a phonograph or Victor Talking Machine and can be more than 100 years old.

Here’s what you’ll need:

 

Record Repurpose Supplies B&W

Record Repurpose Supplies B&W

  • Vinyl records in various sizes – Victors/LPs are sized by their RPMs (see next photo).
  • Reamer or Dremel rotary – to enlarge record hole for stand’s fittings if needed.
  • Milled wooden chair leg(s) – the type that are pre-threaded and screw together to allow space for a support bar will instead allow space for your record.  It was a fall vineyard wedding so I kept the honey tones of the wood which contrasted the black vinyl gorgeously.

Note: if you do not find furniture legs to your liking there are cupcake stand fittings available in kits online. However, these do not allow you to have a flat top tier for a wedding cake.

  • Furniture feet for the base: or you can choose to have your bottom record as the base.
  • Sturdy piece of plastic and a wood screw to brace the top tier/45 rpm record to support a 6” cake.

Record RePurpose RPMs B&W

Here’s what you do:

 

1.  Clean all of your surfaces with food-safe wipes.
2.  Screw together furniture leg to base and check height.  Is it sufficient or too high for the couple to cut the cake?  Does it feel sturdy, or does to the base need to be broader/heavier?
3.  Place empty cupcake sleeves on the stand and count to see if all of your cupcakes fit.  Check to see if you will need to create matching auxiliary stands (see photo).

Use reamer or dremel rotary to create larger hole in record

Use reamer or dremel rotary to create larger hole in record.

4.  For the auxiliary cupcake stands I simply placed a Victor 33RPM record onto a tapered square furniture leg and secured it with a metal washer and a wood screw.  Note: you can decorate the metal washer to mimic a record “spacer’”, or cover it with a vintage piece of jewelry to hide it if you choose.  

I arranged the three auxiliary stands so that they just touched under the central stand for added support of the wedding cake.  This proved unnecessary as the wooden base and stand held resolutely despite the blustery October weather.

Record cupcake stand after

Record cupcake stand after.

Finally I placed additional 45 RPM records about the table to fill-in the space as well as display the remainder of the 108 cupcakes for the guests.  Truly a Mad Men worthy wedding centerpiece!

Vinyl record cupcake stand and author/DIYer Kristii MacEwen

Vinyl record cupcake stand and author/DIYer Kristii MacEwen.

Check out Kristii’s other repurposed cupcake display for your holiday parties.

Do you have any fun repurposed cupcake stand ideas like this one? Share please!

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Written By Kristii MacEwen

Kristii is the Marketing & Community Outreach Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity Riverside & ReStore. The Riverside ReStore is a non-profit, retail outlet committed to the success of the home building mission of Habitat for Humanity Riverside.