5 New Uses for Cupcake Liners

Happy Friday, sweet things. If you’ve been following me this week, you’ve noticed a theme: new uses for old things.

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Today is a third edition that’s all about cupcake liners. These colorful paper discs can be incredibly handy – and pretty. Read on!

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{Look how smart this is. Glass spaghetti jars are the perfect size for a sleeve of standard cupcake liners.}

Before we begin, did you know…The paper baking cup became popular in the 1950s? They were produced by by an artillery manufacturer called the James River Corporation. They were motivated to produce something different in the post-war era because of the declining military market. So…cupcakes it is!

Okay, now here are five brilliant ways you can use cupcake liners – outside of a muffin tin:

{ONE} Gardening

Flowerpot Liner: When you don’t want your soil pouring right through the bottom of your flowerpot, it’s good to put a barrier around the drainage area. You can use rocks or even broken pieces of another terra cotta planter.

For another idea, drop a cupcake liner down inside the pot when planting. The liner won’t completely clog the hole, so water can gently drain through.

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{TWO} Serving

Drip Catchers: No one likes popsicle juice running down their arm on a warm day. Right? So make a simple drip catcher out of a cupcake liner. Yay!

P.S. These fruit and veggie bars are super delish!!

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For a quick tip: I folded the paper liner in half and punched a small hole for my popsicle stick.

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Drink Covers: Another serving trick is to take a paper baking pan, which is like a sibling to the regular ‘ol cupcake liner, and place it over a drinking glass. I put it over a large Mason jar in the pic. below.

The “lid” keeps annoying bugs out of your glass. And if you’re really thinking ahead, you could have people write their names on the top so it serves as a drink label, as well.

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I used the same hole-punch idea by folding the baking cup in half and punching a spot for my straw. Cheers!

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{THREE} Driving

Cup Holder Protectors: If you’re not a fan of crumbs or strange, sticky substances getting jammed down inside the cup holders of your car, let me introduce you to silicone cupcake liners.

These magical things fit perfectly down inside your cup holder and can be easily removed, washed and returned at any given time. You can find them here.

{FOUR} Decorating

Paper Peonies: Oh, how I love a bundle of fresh peonies. When they’re not in season, like now, you can whip up a batch of these paper beauties.

These are made with cupcake liners that are all in various shades of pink. So pretty!

{source} The full tutorial can be found here, too.

{FIVE} Celebrating

Party Garland: Looking for an easy way to jazz up your next party? These party garlands are a cinch to string together.

I’d recommend putting something (like straws cut into 1-2 inch pieces) between each of the cupcake liners to help spread them out a bit.

Mini Ghosts: With Halloween right around the corner, I had to give you a perfectly themed idea. Much like yesterday’s post.

Take a large white cupcake liner, draw a cute or spooky face on one side, and then place it over a battery-operated tea light.

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Here’s what it looks like assembled together. Wouldn’t it be cute to put like a dozen or so of these on a mantel or down the middle of a table?

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In addition to pulling off some of these tricks, I hope you can squeeze in a little baking this weekend, because who doesn’t appreciate a little lovin’ from the oven? Cupcakes rock.

In fact, my girls like to invite friends over to play Cupcake Wars. >>

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This was a picture we took a couple of weeks ago at an overnight party. See the M&Ms getting dropped down into the batter? These girls had lots of tricks up their sleeves!

Oh, and for a quick baking tip, did you know to put uncooked rice in the bottom of your cupcake tins before lining them with your paper cups? The rice soaks up moisture and keeps the liners from getting greasy during baking. Gotta keep those liners looking pretty.

That’s a wrap – for now. Here’s to a great weekend all around!

XoXo,

Kate

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