Hallmark photo stylist Betsy G. is known for her ability to make all things around her beautiful like when she shared this sweet fairy party and a painting workshop filled with flowers. Today, she is showing the cutest crafts–all created with cupcake wrappers. Read on as Betsy tells us more and be sure to watch the video for tips and tricks!
Who doesn’t love a pretty little cupcake? They’re so charming and cute, dolled-up and dainty! I love their fluttery wrappers along with all the different types of pastry papers used for candies, cookies, and other tiny confections. I love, even more, the way the paper pulls off the cake when I am finally ready to take the first bite!
With a candy-shop array of colors and designs available now, and the classic delicate tissue texture, I’ve found the wrappers to be just the thing for crafting unique and unexpected party decorations: cute little whimsies to tuck into a vignette, adorn a party favor, or slip under the bow on a gift.
Here is how I created some of my cupcake-paper pretties. First, I gathered papers that varied in color and size and then I started to experiment. As a photo-stylist, I’m drawn to color and light–especially the way the light reveals the sculptural quality of the sharp, but delicate pleats, so the cupcake papers were a perfect medium for me.
As I played with the papers, I started to see the possibilities unfold–literally. I folded the wrappers in half, folded them again, and then, by cutting and using a hole punch (a skewer works as well), I came up with a fold that I could use in different ways. Most of my creations involve that same fold.
I focused on the folds and fan shapes, and honed in on an Asian-inspired palette of refreshing tangerine and soft minty blues.
HATS OFF TO YOSHI BEAR!
As you watch the video, note the folding and cutting. You will need cupcake papers, a hole punch (different sizes are helpful), scissors, a wooden skewer (having two different sizes is even better), and white floral wire.
To make the paper crown, there’s more folding, fanning, and hole punching–that’s about all it takes. First, fold cupcake papers to make little fans. Fold the point over on each fan and punch a hole. Next, make a paper headband from your choice of paper. Lay out the fans to decide where to punch the holes in the band. Then, punch away!
Finally, line up the holes and lace them all together with a pretty ribbon or cord. Tip: Finding different sizes of cupcake papers to overlap will add some dimension.
When I made these darling paper lanterns, I had to keep the pleats sharp and tidy.
I discovered that by folding them once, twice, and then again, folding over the point, they started looking like little lanterns! I imagined them as pretty party garlands. Each little paper “lantern” takes on its own personality.
To make, cut a long cord. Next, tie two or three of the lanterns together, then tie them on the cord to make a party garland for the table. Or, you can string cupcake papers together bottom to bottom or spaced apart, by simply making holes with a skewer. Tie knots in between the ribbon as spacers to make a party swoosh of a garland.
I started layering the cupcake papers until the papers began to look like the layered skirts of pretty little dancers. Wow… Ooo, I can make tassels! First, I made fans and used the punch-hole-in-the-point method and tied them together to make ruffles for the inside of the tassel. Tip: I used the jumbo cupcake papers for this part and I tied them together with an extra long silky ribbon.
When you make the “skirt”, use a sharp skewer to make the holes through the center of each cupcake paper and then string them together over the ruffles. Tie knots in between each paper to create space and build up the layers to a pleasing size. Finally, turn a few cupcake papers the opposite way to finish the top of the decorative tassel.
Hmmm…the tassels could be light fixtures! So, I varied the size and used white floral wire to create a chandelier to hang over the party table. I used metallic papers for this particular chandelier to add sophistication and flair.
EASY CUPCAKE DECORATION
This is the quickest and easiest one by far. To make, use mini papers and simply fold and fan them until you have little “flames” to stuff in the end of straws for a festive fire-cracker-like candle—great for decorating a cupcake or birthday cake!
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Photographer: Jake Johnson | Stylist: Betsy Gantt