5 handy uses for cupcake cases

Monday, January 17

Stephanie from Expert Home Tips, is a big fan of cake. Her favourite kind of cake is the humble cupcake, and today she’s challenging you to pay the often forgotten cupcake case some attention...

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good cupcake, but would a cupcake really be the same without the pretty cases they’re wrapped in? Cupcake cases are often overlooked – we’re all so eager to get to the main event. In ode to this humble baking staple, I’m sharing 5 new, pretty and practical uses for cupcake cases – trust me, you’re going to love them.


PRETTY USES FOR CUPCAKE CASES

Party bunting

Let’ face it, no good party is complete without cake. If you’re serving cupcakes on the special day, why not continue the cake theme with some cupcake case decoration?

Cupcake case bunting is what every party needs. This thrifty decoration is both fun and fabulous – it’s sure to wow your guests. Best of all, you can make your own in just a matter of minutes. All you need is some string, cupcake cases and any other crafting materials you may have lying around.

Pierce a hole into the base of your cupcake cases using scissors, then thread them onto the string. Use a combination of coloured/patterned cases befitting to the occasion/chosen theme. Then, add adornments such as beading and bows to take your bunting to the next level.

Jar covers

Do you make your own jams and spreads? Cupcake cases make such sweet jar covers, especially if you’re planning on gifting your tasty treats.

For sealed items, like hardboiled sweets and toffees, cases can simply be placed over the top of the jar and secured with an elastic band. For more perishable items such as jams that need to be air tight, the case can be place over the lid itself, then sealed with twine.

In a similar vein, if you're having a drink outside you can keep bugs and leaves from falling into your glass by placing a cupcake liner lid over the top.

DIY paper flowers

Paper flowers can be used for so many things: adorning presents, creating unique decorations, festival headbands – the options are endless.

The easiest way to make your own is using cupcake cases. As they’re already both circular and crinkles, they make the ideal starting point for crafting pretty posies. When you’ve seen how impressive the results are, you’ll want to get started right away.

To make your own:

  1. Flatten 2-3 cupcake cases.
  2. Fold them in half, then in half again, and a third and final time.
  3. Use scissors to give the rounded edge of the cupcake cases a central indent so it resembles a love heart.
  4. Snip off the base of the triangle.
  5. Take a pipe cleaner and apply some glue an inch from the top.
  6. Slide your cupcake case flower onto the pipe cleaner, then begin to press the base around the glued area. Hold for several seconds in place until dry.
  7. Spread and arrange the petals so that they look as pretty as possible.

PRACTICAL USES FOR CUPCAKE CASES

Blusher holder

Time to well and truly take your cupcake cases out of the kitchen. If you’ve got a crumbly blusher, bronzer or setting powder that leaves you with more product on the floor than on your face, a spare cupcake case could be just the trick.

Place your pot inside when you go to apply powder, and the case will catch any excess – handy!


Ice lolly drip catcher

It’s officially ice lolly season – hurrah! With this hot weather, keeping drips under control can be tricky – even for us adults.

A pretty and practical way to solve this problem is using a cupcake case (it’s also super pretty!) Cut a slit into the base of your cupcake case then slide your lollipop stick through the base. It will catch all the drips and keep clothes and hands nice and clean.

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