Save-a-Cent Tuesday: Cupcake Liner Ideas

Plain paper, printed paper or tin paper liners work great to create paper flowers.
Plain paper, printed paper or tin paper liners work great to create paper flowers.

It is fun, useful and challenging to figure out or accidently discover a new way to use a common household item. Today on Save-a-Cent Tuesday, I will share few low-cost tips for using cupcake liners. Get your other cupcake liner ideas flowing. Please share your ideas if you have ever used a cupcake liner in an inventive, creative way.

Now-a-days, paper cupcake liners can be found in bright and festive colors and prints. They have come a long way since the limited pastel colors commonly offered. It’s alright if you do not invest in decorative cupcake liners for this particular project.  Creating paper flowers are fun. Care to try it?

Paper Cupcake Liner Flowers

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Create low-cost, cute paper flowers with cupcake liners.

Materials: paper cupcake liners, scissors, glue, miscellaneous small items for layered decorations, background paper surface.

1.  Stack as many paper cupcake liners as you can scissor cut at once, or cut one liner at a time for one-of-a-kind shapes.  Simply cut the outer edges in fringe/slits or into flower petal shapes.

Cut slits to make fridge edges.
Cut slits to make fridge edges.
Cut a variety of petal shapes from the cupcake liner paper.
Cut a variety of petal shapes from the cupcake liner paper.

♥ For younger persons using scissors, cut one line at a time or pre-draw cut lines to follow.

♥ Random fringe cuts make great flowers, as well as planned petal shapes.

2.  Glue the liner bottom portion flat onto a background surface such as stiff construction paper or card stock.

3.  Add FUN. Consider using fun artful items to the flower center like ribbon, buttons, pom-poms, colored rice, yarn fragments, or even a photo of someone for display. Add a stem using ribbon, yarn, or pipe cleaner segments.

♥ This idea makes a great bulletin board display.

♥ This idea works well for a greeting card project.

In the blog from the Krazy Coupon Lady at www.krazycouponlady.com, more ideas are shared below. These ideas are elaborated on that blog.

1. Popsicle drip-catcher- Stop the sticky mess with a cupcake liner catching the drips.

2. Glass covers- Protect your outdoor beverage glass rim with a cupcake liner.  With straw use, slide the straw through the baking liner.

3. Contain loose messes- Place loose powders or material spills within a baking cup.

I have used cupcake liners in the cup holder of the car to use as a station to place ketchup instead of using the messy tear tip packages.

4. Hold pre-scooped servings- Serve ice cream, art supplies, or finger food snacks easily and in control of portion.

Photo Credit: www.krazycouponlady.com blog site via The Hazel Bloom.

6. String liners against lights- Use the design on the liner to convey a theme or add whimsy to lights.

7. Make a mold- Aside from baking cupcakes and muffins in cupcake tins and liners, use the liner as a mold for individual gelatin or cheesecake recipes. The ridges from the baking cup look fancy.

Here is one more tip from Club Creative Studio: Decorative cupcake liners can also be used for their attractive, ready-made polka-dot shapes when flattened out. Use for signs, windows and bulletin boards.

Look for bright patterns on cupcake liners so that you might flatten out the liner to show the entire decorative surface.
Look for bright patterns on cupcake liners so that you might flatten out the liner to show the entire decorative surface.

Do you have a cupcake liner activity or idea? We welcome your creative insights!

 

 

 

 

 

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