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Cupcake-Paper Carnations

Baking liners make sweet gift toppers for Mother's Day, or anytime. Nesting pastel papers in different sizes -- petit four, mini muffin, and cupcake -- creates fluffy blooms that will add a flourish to beribboned presents.




  • Cupcake liners
  • Awl
  • Brass fasteners
  • Hot glue


  1. Step 1

    Separate and set out liners.

  2. Step 2

    Fold them in half.

  3. Step 3

    Nest folded liners inside one another. (If using a variety of sizes, stack from largest to smallest.) With an awl, poke a hole in the center near the folds.

  4. Step 4

    Send the stem of a mini brass brad through the hole. Pierce an unfolded cup with the brad. Spread brad to secure. Fan out liners to create ruffles.

  5. Step 5

    Rotate each folded liner about a quarter turn, and overlap each one with the next until you've formed a flower shape. Hot-glue the liners directly to a gift or ribbon.

Martha Stewart Living, May 2005



Reviews (25)

  • Luckydancer 11 Jan, 2012

    Looks nice and they have the gold and silver ones too. Wonder if it's economical though....

  • jeanne31 23 May, 2008

    I've made several of the crafts and find them easy to make, and the instruction easy to follow.

    This one especially was very simple to make. What part did you find confusing?

  • degoll 17 May, 2008

    I'm glad so many others found this confusing. It's a great idea, but visual instructions are a necessity. Please run it again with clear instructions. Kids will love this.

  • dottikins 13 May, 2008

    what a cute idea. I bet they would look great in the foil cupcake liners.

  • henden 13 May, 2008

    Am I the only one that finds the instructions to be hard to follow??? Each project I get seems to be more confusing, I think they should show some pictures of each step.

  • amandaswale 12 May, 2008

    I think I figured out the folding: if you look closely at the picture, the CENTERS of the 'flowers' are fuller. After it says to put the brad through a [filtered word] in the folded ones (in the middle near the fold) it says to put it through the middle of an UNFOLDED cup (looking at the pictures I think they may have put on several unfolded cups). The unfolded cup give the shape, the center folded ones (pulled apart) will make it look like a flower - ie not just a bunch of cups sitting inside each other.

  • bethwinfield 12 May, 2008

    Your folding it how and what is a brad?

  • devery 12 May, 2008

    was goingt to send this to my niece, but have to try it first. Directions a bit confusing.

  • AMiashiro 12 May, 2008

    PDDOWNING - how gracious you are, how classy! It's people like you who make this world a meaner place. This is a site for creative people from around the world to share creative ideas to do GOOD things. Perhaps you should visit another site.

  • terrigirl 11 May, 2008

    It's a great idea, but can't figure out how to do it. Need better insturctions or a slide show.

  • myola 11 May, 2008

    This sounds really cute. I do find though that the instructions are not clear and I too wonder why the folding?? Can we maybe get clearer instructions,or video of the craft?

  • ELAINE4-H 11 May, 2008

    Love the idea

  • picolina 11 May, 2008

    there is any posibility that this can be show in spanish?

  • Anna_Marie 11 May, 2008

    hmmmmmmmm....I like 99.9% of your craft ideas, but this one just looks like bunched-up cupcake papers to me....sorry, Martha.

  • pulga 11 May, 2008

    this craft is the most easy and cheap way to wrap a gift an look beautifuel.

  • tehachap 11 May, 2008

    I would think that you could make a Chrysanthemum the same way, but take pinking shears or scissors and cut the edges of the baking cups to make a 'fringe' of petals. An alternative to the hot glue would be to puncture two holes in the center of the flower base and thread cord or ribbon through the holes. Tie onto your package. You could also make leaves from green cupcake liners by cutting an oval shape and gluing the leaves to the outside of the flowers.
    Carol Westover

  • jaggie 11 May, 2008

    A magnificent, easy and handy craft for many occasions.

  • LMDC 11 May, 2008

    why not show a side view and a view of when a layer is attached?? That may help.

  • anitartworks 11 May, 2008

    I agree with other comments, instructions confusing....would love to try as they are cute, cute, cute. So, easier directions, please!

  • yvonne-m 11 May, 2008

    This looks like a cute and simple idea but the directions are confusing. Why the folding?

  • wduke2 11 May, 2008

    If you fold them in half, how do you nrst them???? I am missing something. They are cute and clever but the instructions are confusing.

  • emilybeck 11 May, 2008

    I love this idea, sounds simple I love to make flowers out of different paper, this will really keep my 10 year old sister busy.

  • dotsonjudy 11 May, 2008

    Wish I'd had this idea a few days ago, because my gifts are wrapped.

  • SandyKnecht 11 May, 2008

    I would have liked to see a step by step on this one. It seem to be a cute idea, but I don't think I understand it. I'll try it to see if I can figure it out. It's the folding that doesn't make sense yet. Thanks for the idea.

  • jonideb 11 May, 2008

    what a really cute idea. I got plenty of cupckae liners, so I will give it a try.