How to Make a Paper Cupcake

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Everybody loves cupcakes, but they just don't last. Creating cupcakes out of paper allows you to give a more permanent gift, as well as one suitable for the calorie counters among us. This craft is ideal for using up scraps of decorative paper, ribbon and fabric and can be adapted easily to create a variety of pretty designs and sizes.

Things You'll Need

  • Pair of compasses
  • Ruler
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Ribbon
  • Glitter, beads or sequins
  • Use the pair of compasses to draw a semicircle with a 1 1/2 inch radius onto the long edge of the piece of card you are using for the cupcake base.

  • With the point of the compasses in the same place, draw a second semicircle around and in line with the first, with an 3 1/2 inch radius.

  • Cut out both semicircles to form a curved rectangle, and form this rectangle into a loop. Trim the ends until the loop forms a cupcake base of the size you want.

  • Secure on the inside with tape.

  • Draw a flower shape (a circle surrounded by 5 other evenly spaced circles) on the paper you are using for the frosting. Each circle should have a 1 1/2-inch radius and should overlap the central circle by 1/4 inch.

  • Cut out the flower shape, and attach to the base by bending each petal so it overlaps the edge of the base and securing on the inside with tape. For the final petal you may need to use glue or a small piece of tape on the outside.

  • Decorate your cupcake with glitter, sequins and beads or anything else you have. Finish by tying a piece of ribbon around the middle of the base.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have scissors with wavy blades, use these to cut out the 'frosting' for a pretty effect.
  • To use the cupcake as a box, cut out a circle of thin card slightly larger than the smallest end of the base. Push this inside the base and secure it with tape to form the bottom of the cupcake box. When you attach the 'frosting', only secure one petal, so it acts as a hinge.

References

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