How to DIY your own cupcake wrappers

June 10 |

Cupcakes are the bestest… we all know that, right? There's a new trend in weddings to go portable and cute with the sweets, and cupcakes fit the bill. Homemade or gourmet, they're hard to resist and I have a fancy schmancy new way for you to DIY dress up your little cupcake morsels of delight!

It's easy to take your cupcakes to the next level with some snazzy specialization a la DIY cupcake wrappers. This literally takes minutes and uses very little material or supplies.

Caveat: My cupcake decoratin' skills need a little help. I had a short amount of time, and truth be told… a short fuse. Don't hate!

Materials:

Step 1:
Print out the template at 100%. If you're making the bigger muffin-style of cupcakes you'll have to wing your design. Just use the smaller one to go off of, size up, and you should be golden.

Step 2:
Cut it out along the cut lines as noted with the solid black lines. Trace the cutout shape onto the wrong side (back side) of your decorative or wrapping paper. Cut the paper along the traced lines.

Step 3:
If you have decorative scissors and want to make them EVEN fancier, then cut along the top portion of the cupcake wrapper again, to make it super decorative and rad. Make sure you're only cutting the top slopey piece (the longer side) with the decorative scissors, and not all the way around to the bottom and sides.

Step 4:
Double-back tape the two ends together. Place around your cupcakes. Rinse and repeat as needed. Super cute, super crafty, super simple!

  1. Thanks for posting! This is not only useful for weddings but also for parties. Going to try it with my next batch of cupcakes and muffins.

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  2. Is this hygienic? I can imagine problems with colours running of the paper upon contact with the cupcake or while eating a cupcake also eating paper. Did you experience any of that?

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    • Well, you bake the cupcakes in their paper wrapper. This is just an ADDITIONAL decorative wrapper. So you're safe :)

      Also, you usually take the decorative wrapper off before you chomp down.

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  3. i love this idea! i could imagine doing this with vanilla buttercream frosted cupcakes and all different colors and patterns of cupcake wrappers!

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  4. I made 150 of these a few months ago. Time consuming but I think it's worth it. I saw a picture of a bunch of cupcakes, some vanilla, some chocolate, all lined up looking awkward and mismatched, and this little DIY trick makes them look so much more cohesive, you know, if you care about how your cupcakes look…

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  5. Yay! Thank you so much for this! I love the look of cupcake wrappers, but couldn't justify the cost of buying them. I can't believe I never thought to DIY.

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  6. I love these wrappers! They'd be great not only for weddings, but for other occasions when you want to be a bit fancy, or just more personal.

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  7. I recently saw this on DIY Bride and started them for my 7/11 dessert reception wedding. I'm making different but coordinating wrappers to differentiate each flavor of vegan cupcakes I'm baking. Only problem I'm running into & perhaps someone can point me in the right direction-cardstock is too thick to use paper punches (Martha's 3-D cosmos, at least) and I can't find ANY plain scrapbook paper in my desired colors (basically any shade of fushia/hot pink).Pleanty of awesoime designs but no plain to go along with them. I have one more local paper store to try (coincidentally owned by fi's cousin) but if that fails, does anyone know a reasonably priced website? These wrappers work great & compared to buying ($12.99+ for a dozen lazer cut with a similiar design), DIY can't be beat.

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  8. Has anyone used glue on these rather than tape? I was trying to determine what kind of glue would work best… something tidy and not smelly would be ideal. Glue dots? Glue pen? Or maybe I'll just go with the tape after all…

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  9. Excellent! We are throwing an after-the-fact reception in September (we had a simple courthouse wedding in April with just a few people, and then we went out to dinner and then, the bar!) to which all the far-flung friends and fam will come and party down in our backyard.

    Since my geeky love adores all things robots, I will make 1/3 pretty, 1/3 booky (medieval lit scholar) and 1/3 roboty/Godzilla-y!

    I think I will have Dan and my stepson make the geeky ones, so they can feel like they're doing things for the party, too!

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  10. Congrats on a great DIY project! For anyone looking for paper try Tuesday Morning, it's kind of like TJMaxx or Marshalls, mine has a ton of different pretty papers dirt cheap. Plus lots of other scrapbooking stuff. Am off to get some to make some of these for a shower!

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  11. I brought wrapping paper in the print I liked and make all 100 for my wedding cupcakes. :) they cost 99c for a roll – yipee

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  12. Hobby Lobby is THE place to get paper!! They have probably 150 – 200 different patterns and thicknesses.

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  13. Amazing idea, I'm using them for my vintage Edwardian-themed wedding, what a great idea. Michaels and Hobby Lobby both have a great selection of card stock, on top of that you can make cupcake boxes with coordinating colors so your guests can take a cupcake home as a momento. I found instructions on ehow.com but I don't have a blog to post them. Great idea!

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  14. The template only has one wrapper per page, but I cut it out and two actually fit just fine! Go, saving paper! I'm going to print out a bunch on medium weight paper and stamp bikes all over them to go with out theme! Thanks for the good start!

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  15. Thank you so much. This is by far the most helpful website on this subject I have found!

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  16. Thanks! Off to make mickey mouse ones for my son's birthday!

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  17. I am going to try and shrink the pattern down a little, for wrapping mini cheesecakes. As has been said, the possibilities are endless!

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