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Cupcake liner flowers gorgeous and easy to make

 

Have a spring fling with cupcake liner crafts

Flowers link to our lives at every turn. Be it event decor, milestone celebrations or home decorating. Whether you are a seasoned crafter, a passionate homemaker, or both, making cupcake liner flowers is worth a try. All you’ll need is a few additional supplies to create your own bunch of beauties. This post offers inspiration for creating a range of beautiful flowers with cupcake liners.

Above: This sunny bunch of cupcake liner flowers above started of white. After completion, they were dipped in a solution of hot water and drops of craft paint. I used hot water because cupcake liners do not absorb acrylic paint and room temperature at the same rate as coffee filters. With hot water, they soak up colour better.

Love imagination and thought

If you are creative and love flowers, give it a go. It need not be extravagant and time consuming; only thoughtful. But if you lean toward the spectacular, don’t be shy; creating a sensational bunch is just as easy. Entertaining in springtime is customary activity for many of us; and with that, comes a feeling of wanting to create a welcoming atmosphere for our guests.

Flowers might be all you need

That spring is here, means the buzz is usually about cleaning. Since that is a whole other subject, let’s tackle sprucing up the blah spaces. A beautiful bouquet is a surefire way to make a quick change. And flowers displayed in interesting ways might be the game changer you need. Cupcake liner flowers are easy to make and can be used for party and event decoration. Try using them to make DIY spring and summer wreaths; the good news is, they’ll never wilt.

Colouring completed flowers

The sunny bunch of flowers above started off white. They were later dipped in hot water and mixed with drops of craft paint. As cupcake liners do not absorb the craft paint and water solution readily, I use hot water. It makes them more pliable and they soak up the colour better.

Note: If you plan on using the hot water method to colour your liners, keep a few things in mind:

You may colour liners before or after constructing flowers. If you’ve used a glue stick or water based glue in flower assembly, colouring after completion will cause them to come apart. For colouring completed flowers, hot glue or any safe water resistant adhesive is recommended.

If using centres that are not water resistant, apply after colouring and drying flowers.

Even so, immerse flower in hot water/paint solution and remove promptly; shake gently and place them upright on a protected surface to dry. Alternately, if you want to achieve a two-tone look, dip them halfway; hang them upside down by their stems and allow them to drip dry. Remember to protect surfaces from drippings and/or splashes.

To Colour finished flowers in hot water/paint solution, mix desired amount of paint and hot water in a container deep enough to saturate flower. Do a test colour before saturating all the flowers. Wear rubber or plastic gloves to protect hands from paint stains.

Retaining or creating ruffle in liners

Cupcake liners come in a creased ruffle-like form and you can make beautiful flowers while retaining the ruffles. But for the flowers shown, I removed them. To retain ruffles, colour larger stacks of filters at a time; about twenty to twenty five. And keep them in the colour/dye bath only long enough to absorb desired color. In case you wanted ruffles and you’ve lost them, don’t sweat. While liners are almost dry, grab a few in one hand, poke your finger in the middle and squeeze liners upward to create a cone. Again, to avoid transferring colour to your hands, use gloves. Continue squeezing tightly to form folds and leave to dry completely.

 
3-stack six petal beauties   These elegant cascading flowers were each created with 3 cupcake liners and coloured in water and diluted craft paint.  After drying, they were folded in halves, quarters, and then eights and cut in rounded petal shapes. When unfolded, each was cut once between two petals sections to center. Glue was then applied to back of one petal and overlapped two petals across to create three six-petal layers. Finally, the layers were glued together in an offset position and the stem and green fringed centers were applied.

3-stack six petal beauties

These elegant cascading flowers were each created with 3 cupcake liners and coloured in water and diluted craft paint.

After drying, they were folded in halves, quarters, and then eights and cut in rounded petal shapes. When unfolded, each was cut once between two petals sections to center. Glue was then applied to back of one petal and overlapped two petals across to create three six-petal layers. Finally, the layers were glued together in an offset position and the stem and green fringed centers were applied.

Yellow glitter pompom centers   Dipped in a solution of hot water mixed with tea and drops of brown and orange craft paint; they were coloured after construction. Centers made with yellow glitter pompoms.

Yellow glitter pompom centers

Dipped in a solution of hot water mixed with tea and drops of brown and orange craft paint; they were coloured after construction. Centers made with yellow glitter pompoms.

Tea-stained sliced and stacked   Cupcake liners soaked in tea and dried; (b) folded and cut with pointed edges; (c) cut in small slices to near center; (d) five layers stacked and glued; (e) a purchased construction paper center attached to the middle.

Tea-stained sliced and stacked

Cupcake liners soaked in tea and dried; (b) folded and cut with pointed edges; (c) cut in small slices to near center; (d) five layers stacked and glued; (e) a purchased construction paper center attached to the middle.

Stack glue and fringe to create pompoms   Seven cupcake liners were stacked and glued to create the rounded shape of these pompom-like flowers. The liners were soaked in tea and a bit of craft paint and allows to dry before construction; then, folded and cut with pointed edges and sliced in narrow strips toward centers.

Stack glue and fringe to create pompoms

Seven cupcake liners were stacked and glued to create the rounded shape of these pompom-like flowers. The liners were soaked in tea and a bit of craft paint and allows to dry before construction; then, folded and cut with pointed edges and sliced in narrow strips toward centers.

 

You might ask why cupcake liner flowers?

Here are some reasons to consider.

You don’t need particular tools: A work area; scissors, glue sticks, white craft glue, a hot glue gun and glue sticks; along with stems and centers will give you a bevy of lovely white flowers. If using wire stems, you’ll likely need pliers or wire cutters. Too, you’ll need floral tape to cover stems.

Add pencil crayons, diluted craft paint, food colouring or Rit dye to the mix; and you’ll have a glorious range of colorful blooms. Choose to make your flowers the maximum size of liners or cut them smaller to create size variations.

If you want upright flowers, use fewer layers; though if you are after a drooping look, more layers will make blooms heavier and achieve the desired effect.

They are pretty easy; the skills you need to create them, you might have learned in grade school–fold cut and glue.

You can create dramatic or minimal arrangements in little time

You might have a stack of them in your kitchen cabinet.

If not, you can pick up 100 pieces for a buck.

Easy to make five petal blooms

Coloured or not, the 5 petal blooms below are easy to recreate. One or two cupcake liners, a Q-tip, fringed paper or fabric and a stem is all you need. For colour, markers and pencil crayons work

 
3-liners a Q-tip and fringe   More 5 petal blooms; this time three layers of petals are stacked and staggered and finished with a brown Q-tip center bordered by a black and green fringe.

3-liners a Q-tip and fringe

More 5 petal blooms; this time three layers of petals are stacked and staggered and finished with a brown Q-tip center bordered by a black and green fringe.

One liner 5 petals   This flowers draws the eye with its red Q-tip center and double layers of of green and white fabric fringe.

One liner 5 petals

This flowers draws the eye with its red Q-tip center and double layers of of green and white fabric fringe.

5 petals and frayed fabric centers   Another 5 petal bloom gets some interest at center with a Q-tip bud surrounded by a green and white frayed fabric fringe.

5 petals and frayed fabric centers

Another 5 petal bloom gets some interest at center with a Q-tip bud surrounded by a green and white frayed fabric fringe.

2 stacked liners   These simple flowers were created with two liners stacked on top of each other; a Q-tip painted mint green; and two different shades of pencil crayons created the sunburst lines in the middle.

2 stacked liners

These simple flowers were created with two liners stacked on top of each other; a Q-tip painted mint green; and two different shades of pencil crayons created the sunburst lines in the middle.

 

Ideas and Inspiration

While leaves and foliage are an important part of floral arranging, you can create stunning displays using only flowers. Below is a list of suggestions; along with inspirational photos to spawn new ideas. Whether you’re preparing for a simple or grand affair, set the mood and create the atmosphere you desire. Remember, surfaces other than tables are just as important when desiring to create impact with flowers.

Tools and materials

This list contains all you will need to make every flower in this post.

Scissors

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Wire cutters if wire is on a roll

Shallow container for dip-dyeing–a foil cake pan is perfect

Cupcake liners

Glitter pompoms for centers

Strips of newsprint or other paper for making fringed centers

Small purchased paper flowers for centers

Crepe paper streamers

Strips of frayed fabric

Pencil crayons

Markers

Q-tips

Frayed fabric

Food colouring

Clothing dye

Plastic or rubber gloves

Tea or coffee for colouring

Wire for or skewers stems

Floral tape or low tack masking tape

 
Highlighted in blues   Light blue and understated; made with 4 liners cut in 16 petal sections, a Q-tip coloured with a blue marker and highlighted with a blue pencil crayon at center.

Highlighted in blues

Light blue and understated; made with 4 liners cut in 16 petal sections, a Q-tip coloured with a blue marker and highlighted with a blue pencil crayon at center.

F lowers made with one cupcake liner   The white five petals flowers were each made with a single cupcake liner; folded in halves, then thirds and cut in petal shapes. When unfolded, each was cut once between two petals sections to center. Glue was then applied to back of one petal and overlapped. The centers were made with fringed paper napkins.

Flowers made with one cupcake liner

The white five petals flowers were each made with a single cupcake liner; folded in halves, then thirds and cut in petal shapes. When unfolded, each was cut once between two petals sections to center. Glue was then applied to back of one petal and overlapped. The centers were made with fringed paper napkins.

Composite colouring craft paint pencil crayons markers   This cupcake liner was folded in half, then in quarters and folded a third time in eights; then cut with scissors to create pointed petals. The combination colouring comes from being dipped in a diluted craft paint solution at room temperature. It was highlighted with a yellow pencil crayon at center and the Q-tip got its colour from two layers of orange and deep yellow markers.

Composite colouring craft paint pencil crayons markers

This cupcake liner was folded in half, then in quarters and folded a third time in eights; then cut with scissors to create pointed petals. The combination colouring comes from being dipped in a diluted craft paint solution at room temperature. It was highlighted with a yellow pencil crayon at center and the Q-tip got its colour from two layers of orange and deep yellow markers.

Display your flowers in unexpected ways.  Here, the pink cascading flowers from far above left make an interesting show with white foliage, set in a chicken wire lantern.

Display your flowers in unexpected ways. Here, the pink cascading flowers from far above left make an interesting show with white foliage, set in a chicken wire lantern.

 

Creating variety with liners only

Below are examples of ways to make a variety of blooms using only cupcake liners. Bear in mind, the simplest flowers in mass expresses beauty and captures attention; if you can, make a lot.

Finally, mistakes occur; use them to generate new designs and improve your skills.

I hope you are inspired to make a bundle of pretty flowers.

Whether you’re preparing for a children’s party, a community bake sale, or making a quick decor change, grab some cupcake liners and make the best bunch of paper flowers you ever can imagine.

 
 

As always thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read.

If the LORD will; see you next time.