Next you will have to decide how many cupcakes you will be needing. We made around 100 cupcakes to feed our crowd. When you have a large crowd to feed it is best to pull in the troops—some great friends to help decorate.
This is how we made our cupcake tower. I had no idea how many levels I would need so I purchased every size cake board that our local cake store had. It was cheap, I bought 2 of each board and hot glued them together for sturdiness. We did 5 layers and that fit all 100 cupcakes easily.
I bought a package of zebra striped ribbon which had 15 yards of ribbon and that covered our cake tower all around, with about 6 inches leftover.For the in between supports I used cans of beans and hot glued scrapbook paper to them. We went with solid colors so that it would not de-stract from the cupcakes themselves.
There you have your inexpensive cupcake holder.