Cupcake liner garland tutorial

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Hi hi. Here’s the tutorial Jillian put together for the cupcake liner garland she did for Sunday Suppers. You can also see the project on Project Wedding’s blog, One Lovely Day, this week…

Dressing up a holiday celebration, (or wedding, of course) is always a nice touch. For a recent Harvest Dinner we decided to resurrect those adorable coffee filter garlands that have been so popular around the web and update them with some pretty fabric accents.

This project is super easy to make and adds such a pretty feeling to your celebration. Two 36″ strands require 4 – 5 packs of baking cups, depending on how loose or tight you want your garlands to be.






Tools & Materials:

Vintage fabric (or any sort of course) found on Etsy, and Tulle.

Craft & white cupcake liners. The white liners were tea dyed to soften the color a bit.

Heavy duty threading needle



Glue gun

How to:

If you’re going to tea dye your liners you’ll need to do that first and let them dry completely.

While they’re drying, cut your fabric and tulle into rounds using a cupcake liner as a guide. Lay out all of your liners and fabric rounds so you can arrange them in a stack in the order you like. The rest is pretty straightforward. Take a small stack and just thread your needle through the center of each piece.

Once you’ve got about 1/3 of your liners strung, space them out a bit so they’re as loose or tight as you want your garland to be. Then use your glue gun to attach some of the liners to the thread. This way you can control the spacing of your liners on the garland. You’ll need to let the glue dry before you continue, but luckily hot glue dries super fast. Then repeat the process until your garland is full. Finally, finish off each end of the garland with little bits of ribbon or lace.

Social Love

Kristina on Dec 2, 2009

hot glue-brilliant. thanks a million!

Heather R. on Dec 2, 2009

This is adorable! My DIY projects tend to be hit or miss, but I might just give this a try. Thanks!

cali bird on Dec 2, 2009

I am just about to put my tree up for the holiday & I'm all into homemade everything this year. I was planning on making garland & this is just what I needed! Thank you so much for posting it! On to the tree decoration!

Snotty McSnotterson on Dec 2, 2009

LOVE. Might do this on our tree with tiny cupcake liners/fabric. Thanks!

Then Comes Wife on Dec 2, 2009

This is so cute! I love the photo layout...I love simple, beautiful and explanatory pics. LOVE IT!

craftytammie on Dec 3, 2009

ooh, this is beautiful. I always use foil liners when I bake, but they come with white liners to separate them...I've always hated tossing them! Thanks for the great idea!

Alli on Dec 3, 2009

Wow, gorgeous. I think I'm going to make one for the holidays and leave it up all year.

[email protected]ì on Dec 3, 2009

this is so cute.... Thanks

Truly Smitten on Dec 3, 2009

this is a fantastic and cute idea! Thanks for sharing!

Liene Stevens on Dec 3, 2009

These are so cute! And they actually look do-able, even for uninitiated craftistas. Thanks for the tutorial!

ARETI on Dec 4, 2009


Kendra on Dec 4, 2009

Jillian, These came out so cute! Love the fabric and lace additions.

jen jafarzadeh on Dec 4, 2009

love this! thanks for sharing the tutorial. yours turned out so well!

brooke bowland on Dec 10, 2009

love. LOVE. soooooo doing this.

The Pink Slip on Dec 10, 2009

Love This can't wait to try it!!!

Annie on Dec 14, 2009

super fab idea! love it!

Jaimie on Dec 22, 2009

this is really cute for any time of year!

hisCB on Feb 16, 2010

i think it would look cool with the mini muffin cups also. or the foil ones, or a combo of cupcake doileys too. i use foil cupcake cups all the time and they come packaged with papers between each one, i rarely use paper ones, so this is a great idea, and instead of tea dying, could be died other colors too!

Jessica on Feb 25, 2010

I just started my little garland and it's looking really pretty. I tea dyed the white liners for a softer creamy color and dyed the other half light blush pink, using just a few drops of red food coloring. Afterwards they were fully dried within an hour. I'm adding ivory tulle and a blush pink satiny fabric as well. So far, so good! I'll post them when I'm through. Thanks for the step by step ! xoxo

Nicole Valentine on Dec 1, 2010

I used Red Zinger tea to dye the muffin cups reddish colors. It worked out great! I had everything here I needed to start this...thanks for the inspiration!

Tomas on Jun 26, 2011

Good idea, this is really cute :-)

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Jeanee on Oct 21, 2011

I featured the garland DIY on my blog. ENJOY!

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