How to Make a Cupcake Liner Flower Tree

Martha Stewart Weddings 15th Anniversary Issue

If you’re a regular reader of Martha Stewart Weddings, then you might recognize this, the cover of the 15th anniversary issue, featuring an absolutely gorgeous sugar flower creation by Sylvia Weinstock. Pretty amazing, huh? The idea for the craft in this post started brewing as soon as I laid eyes on this cake. I thought that the intricately ridged petals looked a little like cupcake liners. Actually, for brief instant, I thought that they might be cupcake liners.

Cupcake Liner Flower Tree

I started my experimentation with full size cupcake liners, but I felt that they were too large for the look that I was going for. Then I remembered this great cupcake liner flower tutorial from Intimate Weddings, which used mini cupcake liners, and I used this as a jumping off point to create the flowers on the cupcake liner tree. I was delighted with the results!

Cupcake Liner Flower Tree Detail

The cupcake liner trees would make wonderful accents for reception or buffet tables at weddings, and you could use different colors and patterns for different looks. Red and white striped liners would be great for circus or retro themed parties, and I’m already planning on making a Halloween tree using black liners. Here’s a shop with lots of mini cupcake liner choices to inspire you.

You can easily change the look of the tree by adding crafty accents, too. Using a wire cutter, I disassembled a holiday berry pick from the craft store and used the berries to create a Christmas tree:

Cupcake Liner Flower Tree Christmas

I used one full mega pack (350 count) of the mini white baking cups (1 1/4″) from Wilton to cover one tree form, though I think that the 1 3/8″ size would work also work very well since there’s not much of a size difference. It took me a little less than two hours to put together my first tree, and since I had most of the supplies on hand already, the only thing I really needed to purchase for the craft was the baking cups, which were about $4 (less with a Jo-Ann coupon). If you had to purchase everything to make the trees, then I think you’d spend around $20, but the pins, glue gun, and glue sticks would last well beyond the first tree.

Okay, are you ready for some scrunching action?

DIY Cupcake Liner Flower Trees

Cupcake Liner Flower Tree Directions

Supplies you’ll need:

a styrofoam tree form (I used a 9” tall form)
mini cupcake liners (1 1/4” to 1 3/8” size)
straight pins, preferably with a ball head
a hot glue gun and glue sticks
accessories for decorating (ribbon, decorative picks, etc.)


1. Separate cupcake liners into groups of five. Flatten the liners, and poke a straight pin through the center of each group.

2. Gently “scrunch” the top cupcake liner around the pin head, taking care not to rip the paper.

3. Repeat the scrunching action for the remaining liners. When you’re finished, you’ll have a flower.

4. Using your thumb and forefinger, grab the flower at the bottom and press the liners together and away from the length of the pin. Add a bit of hot glue to the pin, and immediately insert into the styrofoam tree form.

5. Fold two or three layers of the liners over the pin head, taking care not to burn yourself on any hot glue that may have found its way toward the pin head, and press the pin head in until it’s flush with the tree form. Hold in place for five to ten seconds, until the glue starts to cool and the pin is firmly attached. Fluff and adjust the flower “petals”, if needed. Continue adding cupcake liner flowers, starting at the bottom of the form and working your way around and up, until the entire form is covered. Add embellishments and decorations to the tree to coordinate with your occasion, if desired.

images by Kristen Magee

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10 comments on “How to Make a Cupcake Liner Flower Tree

  1. Snez Babic commented //

    OMG – it’s lovely. It’s amazing how stuff in a totaly different medium can inspire. I work with sewing and embroidery and am always inspired by paper creations.

  2. Kathleen at Twig & Thistle commented //

    Oh my word! You are a genius Kristen!!!! What a lovely and original take. I too can’t wait to try this out for Halloween! Great job and thanks so much for sharing! Ps: GREAT photos!

  3. kristen commented //

    Thanks, Snez! And I agree – it’s really neat how a craft or creation in a different medium can inspire.

    Thank you, Kathleen! I’m so flattered by your kind words. You made my day!

    I’m really excited to try a Halloween one, and I know that I’ll be making more for the holidays. Maybe a pink one, too!

  4. kristen commented //

    Oh, wow, Emily! It looks wonderful. Thanks for letting me know!

  5. Katie commented //

    Oh I love this. I just found your tutorial through twig and thistle. I’m so going to make some of these for the upcoming holidays. I will share with with you when I’m finished…:)

  6. Alisha commented //

    That is truly a work of art! I love it and it looks hard to do, but sounds so easy!

  7. kristen commented //

    Thanks, Katie, and please do share when you’re finished!

    Alisha – It really is so easy to make. If you give it a try, please let me know!

  8. Susan Morris commented //

    Absolutely lovely! It is an eye-catcher and so simple to make.
    Please do continue to share.
    Thank you.

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