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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.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2005


  • Cupcake liners

  • Awl

  • Brass fasteners

  • Hot glue


  1. Separate and set out liners.

  2. Fold them in half.

  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. 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. 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.

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