6 Unexpected Ways to Use Baking Cups

December 2nd, 2015 by Desiree Smith


Did you know baking cups can be used for more than just cupcakes and muffins? If you have some extra baking cups hiding in the kitchen or are looking for some unique Christmas DIY ideas, check out these 6 unexpected ways to use baking cups!

1. Tissue Paper Improv: Spruce up your gift giving this year by topping gift bags off with crinkled baking cups. Just pinch each cup together at the center to create a point and place at the top of a gift bag. Works best with smaller sized gift bags.

Tissue Paper Improv

2. DIY Christmas Bows: Don your boxes with a cute baking cups bow. To make one bow, set aside 8 to 10 baking cups. Turn each baking cup inside out and use a hole punch in the center of each baking cup. Once you’ve punched holes in each baking cup, string them altogether on baker’s twine or some ribbon, tie a loose knot, and fluff them out.

DIY Christmas Bows

3. Christmas Coasters: Add some holiday flair to party cups by taping a baking cup to the bottom of a drinking cup. When guests take a drink, they’ll show off the design of their baking cup. Use a variety of baking cups to help keep track of which drink belongs to who!

Christmas Coasters

4. Christmas Tree Cupcake Toppers: Take one baking cup and cut a slit up one side and across the middle, stopping when you reach the other end – you don’t want to cut it in half! Then twirl the baking cup with your fingers until it rolls together and creates a point. Glue the edge of the paper so that the tree stands on it’s own. Once dry, glue to a lollipop stick or paper straw and let dry.

Christmas Tree Cupcake Toppers

5. Christmas Lights Strands: String some baking cups on baker’s twine or ribbon and trim your tree with colorful baking cups. Just fold a baking cup in half on a piece of string, flatten, and use some double stick tape to hold the baking cup together.

Christmas Lights Strands

6.   Darlin’ Garland: Deck the halls! This garland is, as the name suggests, simply darlin’ as well as fun and easy to make. Use a pin, paper clip, bamboo skewer or something similar to poke a small hole through the center of a baking cup. Pull the baking cup through on some string or twine, and repeat! Just make sure to alternate the way the baking cups face one another, otherwise they’ll bunch up too much. The combination of patterns and colors is endless!

Darlin' Garland

Desiree Smith Desiree is the Public Relations Manager at Wilton. She spends her days monitoring media opportunities, working with newspaper, magazine and television contacts, collaborating with bloggers and handling a variety of other odds and ends. Desiree has a degree in journalism and experience writing for newspapers and television. Outside of Wilton, she enjoys running and planning outings with friends.

4 Replies

  1. Adriana Camacho says:

    Very creative and interesting.

  2. Alicia Graham says:

    Wow! Fantastic. I have a bunch of very old small ones for candies. Now I can finally get them out of my closet and used up for something useful – GREAT ideas to reuse!

  3. Mary says:

    Very Cool! This would also be cute at a birthday party, baby shower or many other celebrations. Mary

  4. Uche says:

    Very creative. Love it.

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