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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New Uses for Egg Cartons

Hi, friends! For the next installment of “new uses for old things,” I’m sharing ideas for egg cartons.

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I’ve been on an egg kick lately since they’re packed with so much protein – and I’m on a Whole30ish diet. (I’m not as strict as the book would like me to be, but I’m definitely cutting out lots of carbs and cheese.)

Anyway, I’ve been collecting tons of egg cartons and decided to find ways to repurpose these interesting little boxes of cubicles.

First, a fun fact: Did you know a British Columbian newspaper editor invented the egg box out of paper in 1911? The invention was the result of a debate between a farmer and hotel owner over broken eggs – and both parties were blaming the other.

Now for the list. These ideas fall into two simple categories: practical and just plain pretty >>

Practical

A Cupcake Carrier

What a great way to get those cupcakes to the school party without squishing them onto a tray or inside of a plastic bin. The lid might be optional – depending on how elaborate you’ve gone on the frosting,

OR…A Deviled Egg Dish

I know this isn’t too far from its original purpose, but somehow it delighted me to see this simple idea. A picnic plus.

Junk Drawer Organizer

Those mini egg holes are perfect for collecting thumbtacks, safety pins, or other small odds and ends that land in your junk drawer.

Nail Polish Holder

I like how this is stacked or elevated so you can easily see your polish colors. If I walked into your bathroom and saw this display, I’d think I was in a nail salon. Gel or no?

K-cup Corral

Yes, please. I take all of my K-cups out of their original box as soon as I get home from the store. Is that just me? Then I just stick them in a drawer by my Keurig. I think this egg carton trick will keep them from sliding around when I open and close said drawer. Yay!

Pretty

Picture Frame or Mirror

Can you even believe those gorgeous flowers? They’re made with egg cartons!! This picture shows them glued to the edge of a mirror. You could do the same with a picture frame.

Flowers for Keeps

Here’s another source that shows you how to make show stopping egg carton flowers. You could hot glue these to pretty much anything you wanted to beautify. I’m thinking packages, lamp shades, Mason jar lids, headbands, napkin rings…

Tabletop Fairy Garden

You know how much I love a good fairy garden. Well, look at this darling idea that uses pieces of egg shell right in their cups to pull off the perfect miniature garden.

Herb Garden Gift

This might be the next gift I assemble for someone. It’s such a simple, yet beautiful idea. It’s a half carton, so it’s not too cumbersome. And like the fairy garden idea, this also uses the egg shells. This time they’re seedling starters. Cute, right?

Bats for Halloween!

I couldn’t leave you without sharing an idea for our next holiday: Halloween!! Look at these spooky bats, which are super easy to make. I think they’d look so cute dangling from the lights over our kitchen table or across the mantel.

I hope you’ve had fun scrolling through the list. Links to these projects are found under each photo, so be sure to click for more details.

Swing back by on Friday for the final list of the week. This time: new uses for cupcake liners. You won’t believe what these little paper cups can do.

See you then!!

XoXo,

Kate

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New Uses for Rubber Bands

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Don’t you love finding multiple uses for things? I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to collecting ideas.

I wrote a post on 10 uses for loom bands awhile ago, and it turned out to be such a popular topic. If you haven’t read it, feel free to hop over to see what those mini rubber bands are good for (other than clogging your vacuum).

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to share a few helpful uses for the grandfather of loom bands – the original rubber band.

Fun fact: Did you know the first rubber band was made from discarded rubber products, such as tires, and it was used to wrap newspapers?

These humble, stretchy bands continue to surprise me with their many uses. I’ve lumped them into three basic categories:

{ONE} In a Pinch

If you’ve ever gotten stuck trying to remove a screw that’s been completely stripped, just wedge a rubber band in there so you can literally get a grip, man. Think of it like snow tires for your tools. It gives you the traction you need to get things moving.

My kids hate eating brown apples, and I don’t always have fresh lemons on hand to squeeze onto the open slices to keep them fresh. What’s the next best thing? A rubber band.

Wrap it around a pre-sliced apple so it stays in tact until lunchtime.

You can get a few more lunchbox hacks in this post.

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{TWO} Keeping Order

I’m a big fan of using a pretty bookmark when I’m reading a novel. When it comes to sketching or writing in my journal, though, I like using a rubber band to hold my place.

I wrap it around the front of the book. That way I can easily flip to where I left off, and the pages from the front of the book (where I’ve already written) stay together. And this makes it easier to write. Happy dance.

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Have you ever had an entire tea bag (including the tag) drop down into your scorching cup of water? Sigh. My latest trick is to secure the string to your cup with a rubber band. Mornings just got a lot happier.

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Now that it’s allergy season, I’ve pulled this trick out of the box. 😉 I keep a full Kleenex box secured with a rubber band to an empty box. That way we always have a place to toss the trash. This is especially handy in places like the car. It keeps used tissues from getting shoved into cup holders – or the bottom of your purse!

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{THREE} Purely Decorative

When working on craft projects, rubber bands make a great substitute for glue – especially when you don’t want something permanently secured.

For example, in the project below, I wanted to cover the outside of a vase with pencils. But I didn’t want to hot glue them to the side of my vase forever. So I used a rubber band.

This is the finished project. More details below on how I assembled all of this >>

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For the supplies, I used a box of pencils, a small Mason jar, and a rubber band to hold the pencils to the edge of the jar.

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Once the pencils were secured to the jar, I covered the rubber band with gold ribbon.

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After this step, I filled the Mason jar with water and tucked the flowers down inside. For more flower arrangement ideas, be sure to check out last Friday’s post!

For my next trick, colorful rubber bands are used to jazz up plain packages. This was an idea I saw on Martha Stewart, and I was in awe of its simplicity and style.

That’s it for today. Let me know if you have any other rubber band hacks or genius decorative ideas. Be sure to swing back by on Thursday to see a few new uses for egg cartons.

Until then, have a beautiful and organized week, my friends! <3

XoXo,

Kate

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