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The humble yet versatile cupcake liner is used to create an elegant tree decoration that would be perfect for holidays and weddings.
My inspiration for these cupcake liner trees came from the cover of Martha Stewart Weddings’ 15th anniversary issue, which featured a gorgeous sugar flower cake by Sylvia Weinstock on the cover. I thought that the ridged flower petals looked a little like cupcake liners, and that planted the idea for this craft in my head.

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  • Step 1

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

  • Step 2

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

  • Step 3

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

  • Step 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.

  • Step 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.

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