25 March 2011

Friday Flowers: Cupcake Flowers




Good news: the grocery store finally started carrying giant chocolate bunnies. 

You know what that means? 

Giant chocolate bunny for dinner  Spring is finally here!

It’s been a while since I did a Friday Flower post. This winter has been too cold and gloomy to think of such pleasantries. But things are different now and I'm in the mood for flowers!

Y'all know how much I love me some cupcake liners. And even though there are some seriously nifty cupcake flowers out on the internet already (this one from Iceing Designs is my particular favorite!)...I thought I would do my own version. These are very easy, kid-friendly, and they scream HELLO EASTER!


Materials
  • Various cupcake liners. Or muffin liners. Or nut cups. Or candy cups. Or coffee filters. Any ruffly cup things will do the job.
  • Pipe cleaners.
  • Beads with holes large enough to easily accommodate pipe cleaners.
  • Faux flowers. You could snip from fabric if you are anti-faux flower.
  • Something pointy like an extacto knife or an awl.

Disassemble the faux flowers, exposing the hole in the center (or snip your own, just be sure it is fabric, not paper --you need something fabric as a buffer between the bead and the paper liners or they will tear too easily. Don't worry, this will make sense in a minute.)

Stack up three cupcake liners in order of size, then use something pointy to make two small holes, roughly 1cm apart.

Thread the pipe cleaner through the bead, followed by the flower, then the two holes in the cupcake liner, pulling all the components together.

On the reverse, pinch the base of the flower and give it a good twist. The fabric flower in teh middle should stabilize it enough to prevent the liners from ripping, but don't get too aggressive. Cupcake liners like to be handled nicely :)

use one of the pipe cleaner stems to wrap around the base, then secure with a twist.


That's it! Gently pull back the petals, working from the outside inward.


Fluff and repeat! You can churn out a bunch of these in no time at all. Wrap the flowers around wires or dowels to display in a vase, or just use the wire to wrap them around everyday objects. I keep a couple tied onto the wire basket I use to store onions. 

And listen, if my onions like these cupcake flowers, I'm pretty sure someone you know will like them too. Try them out for yourself!
 Stay Tuned...Monday I'll show you my Cupcake flower Easter basket. Wahoo!




 

12 comments:

  1. These flowers are freaking awesome.
    Oh, and I totally snort-laughed when I read chocolate bunnies for dinner. I now want chocolate bunnies for dinner with a dessert of creme eggs. Mmmmm. *drool*

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  2. I SO want one of my brides to have this as their bouquet.

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  3. Some more beautiful flowers. You truly think outside of the box or cupcake liner!

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  4. Glorious! Like fireworks! And I have eaten Cadbury eggs for dinner before, don't tell anyone.

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  5. I'm totally making a wreath out of these. No idea how... but I'm SO doing it. Peaches, you RULE!

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  6. These just made my weekend! I knew there was something I was needing--a dose of cupcake flowers! Thank you for this!!!

    xo Mary Jo

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  7. Oh the many-layered loveliness of them all! And simple to make too. Thanks for the Peachy pick-me-up!

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  8. very beautiful flowers!
    i want to have a bunch of them.

    I linked to your tutorial on my blog - thanks for sharing!
    best wishes, doro K.

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  9. Having a Muffin Man first birthday party for my little guy in June.....where did you find all of your liners? SO CUTE!!!

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