How to Make Cupcake Wrappers

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When I was planning the Sugar Plum Fairy birthday party, the birthday girl requested cupcakes instead of one large cake. I knew this would be a perfect opportunity to try my hand at making cupcake wrappers!

I've loved the concept of cupcake wrappers since I first saw those gorgeous laser-cut ones pop up sevenish years ago. So pretty! So intricate! And so expensive! They're often a dollar or more each, and I've never been willing to pay that for a cupcake wrapper. So I decided to try making them myself.

I don't have a fancy laser cutter, but I do have some pretty snowflake punches, and decided to improvise. Here's what I developed.

Cupcake Wrappers Materials:

  • template
  • cardstock in chosen colors (I used three shades of purple for interest)
  • punches (I used two different snowflake punches)
  • pencil
  • glue
  • Swarovski rhinestones (optional)
Instructions for Making Homemade Cupcake Wrappers:
1) Print out a template for the basic wrapper shape. I used the one I found at Skip to my Lou, and it was absolutely perfect for your standard-sized home-baked cupcake.
2) Trace template on the cardstock you chose for your project. I could get five out of a 12x12 piece of paper. Cut out the basic shapes.
3) Use the scraps leftover from cutting out the basic cupcake wrapper shapes to punch out the snowflakes.

4) Glue the snowflakes to the top curved edge of the cupcake wrapper. If you want to (and who wouldn't want to?) glue a tiny Swarovskirhinestonein the center of each snowflake to add extra fun and sparkle. I admit, this could quickly drive up the price if you don't buy them 20 gross at a time wholesale like I do, but a pretty little seed bead or inexpensive sequin would also look gorgeous.

To use the cupcake wrappers, simply wrap around your decorated cupcake and use a piece of tape to secure. It's that easy! Never again will I be without cupcake wrappers because I'm feeling too stingy, now that I've discovered how simple it is to do it myself!

At a big event, especially something like a wedding where there are often more than 100 guests, buying cupcake wrappers can quickly add up to a meaningfulamount. Mine came out to approximately 5 cents each. That's affordable for any event, no matter how large!

Nicole Wills, creator of Tikkido

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