I really liked the idea of having a tall cupcake tower to hold the cupcakes I had in mind for Lily's birthday party, but they can get kind of pricy. I also wanted something I could customize to match the colors of her party. I found this blank white cardboard tower (below) on eBay for $18.
I took each layer and traced the shape on the wrong side of the paper. I then cut out each shape. For the bottom two layers I had to use more than one sheet glue the pieces together.
Once each circle was cut out, I used this removable adhesive applicator to secure the paper onto each layer. This way I can switch out the paper to match the theme of each party I use this tower for.
After the paper was added I used double sided tape to add the ribbon around each row. I used the tape because I wanted it to be removable. It was fine for a one-time-thing although it did tend to come off when tampered with. It worked for this party, but if you are worried about it coming off I might use a glue gun. I just don't know if you'd be able to get the ribbon off when you were done.