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Cupcake Flower Lights

By Steph Hung

May flowers have arrived!   These lights were inspired by all the beautiful blooms I’ve been seeing around town.  I wanted to bring the summer indoors, but they could make for some colourful outdoor lighting too:

Making these floral garlands couldn’t be faster – all you need are cupcake papers and string lights, and you’re on your way to some simple summer lighting.

Materials you will need:  cupcake papers (large and small), string lights, scissors, and an exacto knife.

Step 1:  To make leaves – fold a small cupcake paper in half 2 times, and with the folded point at the bottom cut a leaf shape.

Step 2: To make an 8-petal flower – fold a small cupcake paper in half 3 times, and with the folded point at the bottom cut around the top.

Step 3:  To make a 16-petal flower – fold a large cupcake paper in half 4 times, and with the folded point at the bottom cut around the top.

Step 4:  Cut a small X in the center of each paper.

Step 5:  Layer cupcake papers onto each lightbulb to make flowers.

  1. Erica

    May 24, 2012

    I love how pretty and festive these are and they look so easy to piece together. Simple diy projects that give you big results without too much effort are the best!

  2. dervla @ The Curator

    May 24, 2012

    this is such a pretty craft … not a lot of effort for a big look. My daughters would love this (well the 6 month old would care less, but my older daughter would be excited!)

  3. Sharon

    May 24, 2012

    These are adorable!! Perfect for the summer housecooling party I’ve been thinking about throwing!

  4. Rosemary

    May 24, 2012

    É muito lindo! Adorei!

  5. Teresa

    May 24, 2012

    Oh, cute idea! These are great for a party! Now I just have to put one together…

  6. Freya

    May 24, 2012

    Again with the great ideas!

  7. kim

    May 24, 2012

    Like Lizzie above, I’d also be afraid they would catch on fire. Using LED string lights would be better – no heat! They look fantastic – thanks for sharing how to get those perfect looking flowers!

  8. Wanda

    May 24, 2012


  9. jonahliza

    May 25, 2012

    so easy and AWESOME! can’t wait to do this for some summer garden parties <3

  10. Lisa

    May 25, 2012

    These are so sweet, I love them! And it is nice to see a post that is not corporate sponsored.

  11. Bonnie

    May 25, 2012

    I love comments!! I was wondering about the heat starting a fire, too – especially since you’re probably using them outside on an already warm day. LED is brilliant. You can tell I don’t buy many lights – never even crossed my mind they exist! Thanks for being brilliant, ladies!!!

      • jordan
      • May 25, 2012

      Hi Bonnie,

      Modern lights don’t usually have problems starting fires. (They sit on very dry flammable Christmas trees every year.) They used to emit more heat but that is not an issue anymore. I use both LED and regular lights on lots of projects and in my opinion that shouldn’t be a problem.

  12. Carol

    May 25, 2012

    This so cute with the sweet color collection i so in love with them …… think to try it .
    Thanks for share .

  13. Alexa

    May 25, 2012

    Oh those are so cute. Such a good idea for a little girl’s room! 🙂

  14. Jamie

    May 25, 2012

    Inspired by blooms around town, huh? You sure these weren’t inspired by Aunt Peaches?
    I know she’s put those things on lights before, just can’t find the link right now.

      • jordan
      • May 25, 2012

      Hi Jamie, we actually work very hard to come up with original ideas. I’ve never heard of Aunt Peaches (her flowers are cute though!) and I’ve never seen cupcake liners put on lights before.

  15. Iris

    May 25, 2012

    Ok brilliant as usual…will definitely try these.

  16. Sarah

    May 25, 2012

    Anything related to cupcakes is magic. It never dies 😉

    – Sarah

  17. Aunt Peaches

    May 26, 2012

    I just saw some traffic coming from here so I thought I would check it out…cool beans! What a great idea 🙂

    Per Jamie’s comment above, I did something with cupcake liners and lights a while back but they were not nearly as cool as THIS! Must admit, I find this funny though because someone left a similar comment on a project I made a year ago, pointing to a previous post on Ohhappyday (and I have been a fan ever since). Isn’t it funny how we all groove on the same stimulus soup in our own special way?

    Well done 🙂

  18. Gina

    May 26, 2012

    This is so awesome…now, I know what to do with leftover cupcake papers!

  19. look see

    May 27, 2012

    What a great idea – very sweet! 🙂

  20. Gretchen

    May 27, 2012

    Never thought – great idea

  21. Marina {}

    May 27, 2012

    Hi Jordan, I am just found your blog via DailyBuzz Moms, as I had bookmarked your 10 Things to Do with Kids in Paris post awhile ago and just got around to reading it. I am so in love with your blog and so happy I found you. I can’t wait to read more about your adventures abroad – I’m a California gal too and my best friend is moving to Amsterdam with her family (8 month old and 5 year old) and I’m just itching for a Europe trip now. I may have to go visit my friends and stop in Paris.

    I’ll come follow you on Pinterest and facebook now 🙂

  22. Evani

    May 27, 2012

    I am beyond obsessed with everything on Oh Happy Day and this is so exceotion. Will be doing this soon!!

  23. Trix

    May 28, 2012

    This is a great idea – lovely and very doable. Thank you!

  24. Angela Marie

    May 28, 2012

    This is so cute and simple! And with all the pretty cupcake liners out there… EEEEE

    – Angela Marie @

  25. Brianna

    May 29, 2012

    Love this idea and hope to use it for my twin girl’s 1st b-day. I have been looking for decor ideas and this is just perfect. Where did you find all the lovely cupcake liner colors?

  26. Leen

    May 30, 2012

    these look so great!!

  27. Esme

    May 30, 2012

    These are adorable. As for the fire-hazard fears, as someone pointed out above, the lights emit minimal heat. In addition, cupcake liners can withstand upwards of 500 degrees F – they are used to bake cupcakes, after all.

  28. Sweet Harvest Moon

    May 31, 2012


  29. Nina

    May 31, 2012

    I love this. It’s so cute and seeing as I have just cleared my food cupboard and found spare cupcake paper I think I will give this a go! Thanks for sharing x

  30. Savanah

    June 1, 2012

    This is possibly the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! I love fancy lights, but they’re so expensive. This is such a great way to get around that 😉

  31. Jamie

    June 1, 2012

    Hi Jordan! I didn’t mean to insinuate that you don’t work hard to create original projects, sorry! In fact your blog is one of my dependable faves (along with Aunt Peaches) for amazing, original, jealousy-inducing project ideas and inspiration 🙂 This just immediately made me think of an old post of hers, and rarely do I come across something on here that I feel I’ve seen before. So I was just like, “huh?”. Again, sorry for being so quick with my comment and not saying this before. I’m a big fan!

  32. Saskia

    June 4, 2012

    I will definitely try this!
    Such an adorable idea!

  33. amender

    June 5, 2012

    Neat idea! for those worried about the fire hazard – just poke the light in further, i.e., all the way to the base of the light itself, instead of at the base of the bulb.

  34. Leighann

    June 6, 2012

    How easy, cheap and adorable! This would be very cute for a summer tea!

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