I was asked by my friend Sara to make a Shabby Chic baby shower cake for a shower that she was throwing. We sat down and drew out the design for the cake and decided to do a cupcake stand with a 6" cake on top. Later in the week, I remembered seeing some cute cupcake wrappers while looking online for wedding stuff. They would've fit the Shabby Chic them perfectly. So I searched for them again and found them, but they are a buck a piece! I had to make at least 40 cupcakes so that wouldn't have worked!
Here's what I'm talking about...
I searched online to see if I could find a cheaper DIY alternative and found the answer - paper doilies!
I went to Michaels and got the doilies - two packages of 16 8" doilies for 2 bucks each. I get two wrappers out of each doily, so that's about 6 cents per wrapper. SCORE!
Here's how you make em'...
1. Take 3-4 doilies at at time and fold them in half. Just the middle part, not the lacey border.
2. Cut the circle out of the center
3. Cut through one side
4. Wrap the doily around your cupcake to see what length you will need and cut. I made the mistake of doing this on the cupcake wrappers before I even made the cakes. Once the cupcakes were done, I found that the doilies were cut too small, so wait until the end to do this! Note: once you have the length measured out, you can use one as a template to cut the rest. No use in measuring every single one.
5. Wrap the doily around and secure with a small piece of tape.