If you've got plenty of cupcake wrappers at home and are wondering what to do with them, this article is just for you. If you think these wrappers are not worth the purchase, think again. There are plenty of ways to put these cute little pieces of paper to use in the most delightful manner. Cupcake covers come in a variety of colors, prints, designs and are made of different materials.
Obviously they serve their basic purpose:
Cupcakes have been a highlight for most weddings these days. Deliciously moist and beautifully decorated cupcakes add to the enchanted aura of a wedding. Use wrappers that match your theme to give these tiny bits of heaven the perfect appearance. Wrappers come with intricate patterns like lace, filigree, muted shades, chevron, dots, hearts etc.
Bridal showers, baby showers:
These occasions are incomplete with cute little cupcakes to accompany the meal or tea. Use cupcake covers that match with the color theme. If it's a baby boy that the mother is expecting, blue shades are perfect for the wrapper. Die cut or filigree patterns are popular for these events.
Kids love cakes and colors, use colorful and brightly painted cupcake wrappers to adorn cupcakes. There are plenty of printed wrappers available in the market that feature various themes like butterflies, polka dots, cartoon characters etc. These are the perfect choice for a fun and lively party.
Formal events and get-togheters have to be prim and proper. Use cupcake covers that match the theme of the occasion. It's also possible to get an insignia printed on them, to match the rest of the cutlery and decoration. Besides being eco-friendly, they are easy to use and dispose.
For some interesting and fun DIY ideas try these:
Flowers for decoration:
Cupcake liner and wrappers make excellent raw materials for crafting beautiful and frilly flowers that can be used for decorating. Punch a hole at the base of several cupcakes held together. Hot glue them to a stem and then scrunch them up to get a frilly flower. Use multiple liners to get an extra frilly look. Mix and match the shades to get beautifully colored petals.
Garlands for decoration:
Thread these colorful liners artistically using a needle and some bakers twine. The same can be done using a ribbon or a sash. Arrange the liners in different patterns – in the same direction or in opposite directions interspersed with some liner that have been ironed out flat. After securing them with a knot, you can add embellishments or sashes and ribbons at the end.
Candy holder and name cards:
Take two sturdy cupcake liners and glue the bases together such that they form an hourglass shape. Insert a flag attached toothpick through the middle and steady it down with candies. The flag can be used as a name card and the arrangement doubles up as a candy holder.
Spill savers for parties:
Choose an appropriate color of wrapper to go with the glass you intend to use. Punch a hole in the base of the wrapper such that a straw can be tightly inserted. Smoothen it over the glass and press the edges down. You can even secure it with a rubber band. Now insert a straw and let the kids enjoy their drinks without having to worry about spilling them.
Popsicles are a favorite among kids during the summer. Let them enjoy the ice-cold candy stick with worrying over sticky finger or dripping it all over the place. Take a Glassine liner and stick it to a colorful one as its difficult to get patterned Glassine liner and cut a small slit at the base. Slide this onto the Popsicle with the open end facing the Popsicle.
Wrap favors and gifts:
These covers make lovely gift wrappers; all you need is a ribbon, a cupcake liner of the appropriate size and cellophane. Place the cover at the center of a sheet of cellophane, fill the cover with the goodies (favor or gifts like candies, etc) and then fold the cellophane over it and scrunch at the top while securing it with a ribbon. You can replace the cellophane with any sheer fabric like tissue, net or a stiff organdy for a more dramatic effect.
Dress up those drinks / desserts:
Cupcake wrappers can also be used to make plain and boring plastic glasses or dessert cups bright and attractive. Simple dishes like apple and caramel are usually served in a transparent glass. Stick an attractively colored wrapper on to it to make it pretty and attractive. Similarly if you are using mason jars, insert a printed cupcake liner between the inside and rim of the lid, then screw the lid such that the design is visible. Make a small 'x' with an exacting knife if you wish to insert a straw.
There are plenty of creative things one can do with these beautifully printed covers; all you need is a bit of imagination.