I get a lot of questions about my cupcake stands. I made these myself as I was not able to afford the perspex stands when I started out baking.
These are made out of cake boards in different sizes, pre cut PVC pipe (10cm height) I bought from the hardware store and all are glued together by really strong super glue.
I also use double sided tape to decorate each tier with ribbon to match the colour theme of the cupcakes.
It costs less than $20 to make them, depending on the number of tiers. The most expensive element is the PVC piping. I chose the PVC pipe as I needed something wide to support each tier.
The stands are fun to make and it does the job!