DIY Cupcake Tray Carrier

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Jaime here from That’s My Letter today sharing a DIY cupcake tray carrier.  It’s summer and that means lots of friends getting together for BBQ’s and outdoor parties.  You can’t show up empty-handed to party, so why not take along this cupcake carrier?  It makes the perfect display tray and portable carrier all-in-one, plus a very useful hostess gift too!

I filled this tray with 24 regular size cupcakes, chocolate on chocolate is the favorite around these parts.

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The tray is a fairly simple build, the trick is to create space between the top board (with all the cupcake holes) and the base so the cupcakes have a spot to sit down into.

cupcake tray carrier detail

Keep reading and I’ll show you how to make these holes as smooth as possible without tearing up the plywood.

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  • 1- 1x2x8 pine board
  • ¼” plywood handy panel
  • ¾” circular wood dowel
  • ¾” square dowel (6′ total)
  • wood glue
  • pencil
  • measuring tape
  • 1 ¼” & 3/4″ finish nails
  • 2 1/8” hole saw
  • ¾” spade bit
  • circular saw, chop saw
  • finish nailer

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Cut List:

  • 2 – 1×2 @ 17 3/4” (long sides)
  • 2 – 1×2 @ 14” (short sides)
  • 2 – 1×2 @ 8 ½” (handle supports)
  • 2 – ¾” square dowel @ 17 3/4” (long spacers)
  • 2 – ¾” square dowel @ 12 1/2” (short spacers)
  • 2 – ¼” ply @ 17 ¾” x 12 1/2” (top & base)
  • 1 – ¾” round dowel @ 17 ¼” (handle)

cupcake tray carrier step one

Step 1: Sketch grid as shown above onto one piece of ¼” plywood. The orange portion indicates where to drill 2 1/8” holes using a hole saw.

cupcake carrier draw grid

Step 2: Drill holes using 2 1/8” hole saw.  To make the holes as smooth as possible without much tear out begin drilling on the grid side about 1/8″ down.

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Flip the board over and find the center hole.  *Be sure board is hovering over edge of table.  Place hole saw bit into the center hole and finish drilling the hole.

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The circular plywood piece should pop through to the ground.   Repeat this process for all 24 holes.

cupcake carrier all holes

Sand the edges of the holes smooth.

Step 3: Attach long spacers to long side of top using glue and ¾” finish nails down through top.

cupcake tray carrier step three


Step 4: Attach short spacers to short ends using glue and ¾” finish nails.

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Then attach base from underside using glue and ¾” finish nails.

cupcake tray carrier base1Step 5: Attach long sides using glue and 1 ¼” finish nails.

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Step 6: Attach short sides using glue and 1 ¼” finish nails.

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Step 7: Predrill ¾” holes into handle supports near top end, drill only about ½” deep into 1×2. Attach handle supports to tray using glue and 1 ¼” finish nails.

cupcake tray carrier step seven

Step 8: Insert handle in between supports. Glue and attach using 1 ¼” finish nails through ends.

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Fill all holes with wood putty then sand smooth.  Paint your cupcake tray carrier with semi-gloss or gloss finish for easy clean up of any messy frosting!

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Hope you enjoy this fun small build project.

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This cupcake holder makes a great party accessory or gift idea too!

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Wood & Copper Cake Stand

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Hello Pretty Handy Readers – Jaime here today from That’s My Letter to share a diy project that combines two of my favorite materials: wood and copper. I’m sharing how to make this wood and copper cake stand.

This is a fairly simple project that could be tailored to fit your style with paint or stain.  I choose to leave the wood natural, only sealing it with clear polyurethane, because I love the contrast of the wood against the chocolate frosting (and most cakes around our house are made with chocolate frosting!).

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The warm shiny copper is the star of the show here and can easily be found at any hardware store.

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wood cake stand supplies

  • 1×12 pine board scrap @ 10″l
  • 1×8 pine board scrap @ 7 1 /4″l
  • 3/4″ copper piping @ 12″
  • 3/4″ wood dowel @ 12″
  • pipe cutter
  • jigsaw
  • finish nailer & 1 1/4″nails
  • drill & 7/8″ spade bit
  • measuring tape
  • pencil
  • sandpaper
  • clear satin spray polyurethane


Step 1: Use a plate or other 10″ circular object to trace a circle shape onto 1×12 scrap.

wood cake stand step 1

Step 2: Trace both a large circle shape onto the 1×12 and a smaller circle shape onto the 1×8.  Then cut out circles using a jigsaw and sand edges well.  Spray with clear satin polyurethane before assembly.

wood cake stand step 2

Step 3: On the smaller circle draw another even smaller circle (about 4″ in diameter).  Make 3 equidistant holes with 7/8″ spade bit drilling only partially down into wood.

wood cake stand step 3

Step 4: Cut copper using pipe cutter into 4″ lengths.  Cut wood dowel to 4″ lengths and shove inside copper pipe.

wood cake stand step 4

Step 5: Place copper & wood sections into pre-drilled holes in smaller wood circle.  You can use some glue here. I chose to secure with a finish nail from the bottom as well.  Now center the larger wood circle on top and trace the copper pipes with a pencil.  Pre-drill holes into the underside of the top larger wood circle and attach the top (use glue if desired).

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My copper pipes are very snug in the holes but I did use a little glue to be sure the wood doesn’t come off.

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Maybe your next party needs a simple cake stand?  Good luck with all your diy projects.

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Rock n’ Roll Birthday Party

Rock n' Roll Birthday Party | Pretty Handy Girl

My goodness, I have an eight year old! Time has flown by and my little baby is one handsome rocker wanna be. He loves anything rock n’ roll and can be found in his room with headphones on listening to Red Hot Chili Peppers, The White Stripes and Weezer.

For his birthday, he wanted to have a Rock n’ Roll birthday party. This was a simple party to pull off and only required a few purchases upfront. I even took a short cut and ordered cupcakes from our local grocery store bakery.

Rock n' Roll Birthday Party | Pretty Handy Girl

Upon arrival, each child received a personalized backstage pass.

The passes were made using black vertical badge holder with lanyards and washi tape.

Rock n' Roll Birthday Party | Pretty Handy Girl

I printed the passes on neon card stock. Feel free to download my PDF to make Backstage Passes for your party.

Backstage passes for Rock n' Roll Birthday Party | Pretty Handy Girl

If you wanted to get extra glitzy with the lanyards, you could purchase these Rhinestone Bedazzled Lanyards: [Read more…]

DIY Lollipop Stand

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Happy Spring folks!  Jaime here from That’s My Letter back to share a fun DIY party decor idea: make your own lollipop stand.  I promise it’s fast and easy and adds tons of charm and sweetness to any party.

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This lollipop stand holds a ton of lollipops – 52 to be exact!  You could probably even use this stand for cake pops.  (The tutorial for the ‘celebrate’ script sign can be found here.)

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lollipop stand supplies

  • 1 – 1 1/4″ wood dowel x 11″ long
  • 1 – 1×5  cut to 4 1/2″ (or any scrap wood 4 1/2″ square x 3/4″thick)
  • white gloss spray paint
  • sandpaper
  • 1 – 2″ wood screw
  • countersink bit
  • 5/32 drill bit
  • pencil
  • tape measure
  • drill
  • glue
  • scotch tape


Step 1: Mark the center point on the 4 1/2″ square wood base. [Read more…]

DIY Star Wars Birthday Party


I have a special guest for you today. Jenelle is a woman who shares my passion for upcycling and creating treasures from trash. She creates at TrashN2Tees. When I say creates, I should say works amazing transformative magic on old shirts and clothing. She turns them into the most adorable shirts and accessories! Like this Fox Applique Geeky Kids shirt:


And this too cute for words Hungry Bear Shirt:


But, kids’ clothing is just the beginning. She also sells jewelry made from shirts! Like these funky chunky bracelets:

Upcycled T-shirt Funky Chunky Bracelets

You won’t believe all the cool things she has in her Trash N2 Tees Etsy Shop (First time buyers receive 10% off with coupon code FTB10Off):


She also launched a clothing recycling program for used, stained or out of style clothing! She’s like the Upcycling Wonder Woman! And, she has a son who LOVES Star Wars. All you mamas of boys know how obsessive our little Jedis can be for Star Wars, right?!

Jenelle knew that her little guy deserved a fantastic Star Wars themed party that wouldn’t break the budget. She did a fabulous job creating a memorable Star Wars Party for very little money. I leave you in Jenelle’s capable hands: [Read more…]