Cupcake Wrapper Tutorial

Readers - this tutorial has been a LONG time coming!  Ever since I posted about making my own cupcake wrappers (a long time ago, admittedly), I've received tons of questions about them.  Finally - some instructions and a template for all of you!!!  These wrappers can be time consuming to make, but can really go a long way to dress up your cupcakes.

  • Wrapper Template - Download Here!  This template makes a wrapper that hooks together, and will hold all by itself (just like the laser cut wrappers).  No tape necessary!
  • Decorative Paper - really anything will do!  I've made wrappers out of scrapbook paper, decorative plastic sheets, and regular paper.  I prefer to use a heavier weight material (like scrapbook paper) - you'll want something that will hold its shape, and won't show grease through the paper if your cupcake or frosting touches it.
  • Scissors: for cutting out your wrappers, of course.  For those of you who have cutting machines (like the Craft Robo or Silhouette), you should be able to create cut files pretty easily from my template.
  • Exacto Knife - for cutting out the slot that the wrapper tab will fit into.
  • Fancy Design Scissors - you'll use these scissors to create decorative top edges for your wrappers.  These are totally optional.  I have tons of these scissors!  Fiskars makes decent ones, that aren't too expensive.
  • Other decorating materials / decorative elements:  you can get as creative as you like when it comes to decorating your wrappers!  I chose to embellish the wrappers you see in this post with tiny pinwheels, a flower I cut out of the paper I was using, and flat-back Swarovski crystals.   Just a few things you might consider using - rubber stamps and ink, paper punches (these come in pretty much any shape you can imagine!), pretty stickers, etc.  Use your imagination here!
  1. Download my handy template, and trace onto cardboard (I used part of a bakery box).  Cut the tab and slot carefully.
  2.  Trace template on the wrapper paper of your choosing with a pencil.  You'll want to erase any leftover marks after you cut out your wrappers.
  3. Cut out your wrappers, and again - cut the tab and slot carefully. 
  4. Hook the tab into the slot - and voila!  A cupcake wrapper!  You may need to adjust the size of the tab/slot to make them fit together.
  5. Cut the top of the wrapper with your decorative scissors, and embellish as you like.


Christine {Pure Joy} said...

Another great tutorial!

Kristen said...

Thanks so much Christine!! These would be perfect at one of your parties ;)

Taste and Tell said...

These are so pretty!!

Kristen said...

Thank you Taste and Tell! ;)

Anonymous said...

Hi, I couldnt get your template link to work. Could you send it to me at


Krystal said...

very cute! how do you make those cute little pinwheels?

Anonymous said...

I have a Mac and after downloading was able to save the file as a PDF hope this helps out some x

Kristina said...

At what point do you add the cupcake?

Do you add a plain cupcake to the wrapper then decorate?

Do you close the wrapper then carefully place a decorated cupcake into the wrapper?

Do you carefully wrap it around a decorated cupcake?

Why am I making this so difficult? Thanks for the tutorial and the template :)

Kristen said...

Kristina - I usually close the wrapper and then carefully drop in a frosted cupcake!

Anonymous said...

Hi! Adorable pinwheel! I'm having trouble with the wrappers popping open after the cupcake has been placed in it. How do you keep that from happening?

Carrie said...

I like the little additions on the cupcake wrappers. It makes them look even more special. We use these ones all the time But a back up idea is always good.

Kristen said...

@Anonymous - apologies for the VERY late reply! You may be cutting the hole too big / or the tab too small. They should fit snuggly together. If you're still having trouble, a small piece of tape should do the trick (not ideal, but will get the job done).

@Carrie - thank you!! I love adding a little something special to these wrappers :) I agree, sometimes it best just to buy the wrappers, but being able to customize your own is pretty awesome.