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Cupcake Wrapper Bouquets
Looking for a decoration or activity that is easy to make and also inexpensive? Turn cupcake wrappers into cute bunches of flowers that will brighten any occasion in a fun and quirky way or use it as an activity to keep children happy and occupied during a party or to even just while away a cold winters day.
Cupcake wrappers are now coming out in bursts of colours and patterns that are just too pretty to put a cupcake in only to have them thrown away. These cupcake flowers are so simple to make, once you start making them you will want to keep going.
You will need the following:
- Cupcake wrappers in your choice of colours, patterns and size. Each flower requires eight cupcake wrappers.
- Pipe cleaners – multi coloured or green and approximately thirty centimetres in length. These will form the stems.
- Single hole punch or wooden skewers (if an activity for small children, use the single hole punches)
- Masking tape or green florist tape
- PVA Glue and brush
To make your cupcake flowers:
First off you need to gently flatten each cupcake case. Using the skewer or hole punch, pierce two holes on either side of the cupcake case bottom, at least two centimetres apart. Take the piece of pipe cleaner and bend into a “U” shape with one side approx. four to eight centimetres in length. Gently thread each cupcake case with the pattern/colourful side of the case facing down.
Once all eight cupcake cases are threaded onto the pipe cleaner, pinch the two pieces together and wind the shorter piece of pipe cleaner around the longer piece – this will secure the cupcake cases. Turn the flower upright and begin to arrange the “petals” by pinching each layer at the base then gently “fluff” out the flower. Take the stem, fold it over and wind it up to create a firm stem. You can cover the entire pipe cleaner in the masking or florist tape to cover the sharp pieces of wire that may stick out of the pipe cleaner. Add some green foam leaves or use green cupcake cases to make greenery for you little bouquet arrangements. Sparingly brush PVA glue on the edges of the flowers and then dip them into a plate of glitter for that extra sparkle, or in the centre of each flower glue in a little crystal gem. Alternate layers with laser cut cupcake cases to give more depth and texture to the flowers too!
You can use shorter lengths of pipe cleaners to make shorter stems which you can then create lei’s by linking the flowers together using twine or ribbon, attach them to bunting or secure onto paper ball lanterns. Keep glass coffee and jam jars, cover in a pretty fabric and use them to display the cupcake flowers for a party. Make one up to use at the wedding rehearsal! They are very easy to make and once you have made your first flower, it becomes quicker to do. An excellent weekend activity for children that is easy for their hands – can even help them work on their co-ordination as they wrap, pinch, twist and pluck. If you are organising a little party for your daughter, you can make little nosegay bouquets for each of her guests to carry, play and take home with. Wrap a pretty ribbon or two around the stems for their little hands to clasp.
Pink Frosting have a fabulous range of petals (aka cupcake wrappers) for you to choose from and create the prettiest, brightest and novel flower arrangements that guests young and old alike will take delight in (and maybe make themselves).
Image: Matilda Jarvis & the bouquet of cupcake flowers we made together - Jasmine
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