cupcake wrappers

I wish I could say that these cupcake wrappers made from paper doilies were my very own idea. I wish I could say that I was the genius behind this DIY brilliance.

I discovered these cupcake wrappers over here. I was skeptical at first, thinking that it looked too easy.

I asked Brittany over at Pink Peacock Paperie to whip me up a template for the cupcake wrappers. Then I tested it out on some doilies that I had kicking around in my arts and crafts room. They just happened to be the perfect size.

I was amazed at how easy they were to make and how pretty they looked. And if you lack patience like moi, you can stack multiple doilies on top of each other and cut out several at a time.

Here is the free cupcake wrapper template download.

Tutorial for Cupcake Wrappers Made from Doilies

You will need:

paper doilies
(Mine were just over 11 inches.)



glue stick

cupcake wrapper template

Place doilie on a flat surface.

diy cupcake wrappers

Cut out cupcake wrappers from the template. Place the cut out wrappers on the doilie.

cupcake wrappers

Trace along the inside curve and at the ends. Do not trace the outside curve.

cupcake wrappers

Cut out the cupcake wrapper.

paper doilies for cupcakes

Using a glue stick, add glue to one of the edges of the wrapper. Wrap around cupcake and adhere. Fini! Wasn’t that a breeze? BTW, if you don’t want white cupcake wrappers, you can buy paper doilies in a myriad of colours online.

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  1. Posted by Renee on May 24th, 2010 at 6:34pm

    Adorable idea! You've inspired us to try it as well!

    Love, The Paris Party and Wedding Planners
  2. Posted by Sarah on May 24th, 2010 at 8:49pm

    This is such a gorgeous, unique, and girly DIY! I absolutely love this idea and think that it would be perfect for a wedding shower! I am very inspired and think that this idea could also be translated on a bigger scale for other doily DIY's!
  3. Posted by Brittany on May 25th, 2010 at 8:02am

    I love the doily look; sophisticated and simple!
  4. Posted by rene on May 26th, 2010 at 11:20am

    I love the wraps! So much less expensive than the store bought!!
  5. Posted by mel on May 27th, 2010 at 2:30pm

    Super cute!!! If anyone is worried about using glue on food decorative items the doily edges could be pasted together with a tiny dab of icing ^_^
  6. Posted by J on August 9th, 2010 at 11:44am

    not sure I would recommend this to anyone else. My bride's maids made these for my shower and though they looked nice, they didn't seem to hold up, because the doilies are so flimsy and thin. These were good for my shower, but I'm considering buying the real thing for my wedding.
    I am having samples sent from Paper Orchid (the closest I could find to look like lace), and I'm hopeful they will look good and be sturdy enough to last the evening.
  7. Posted by Christina on August 15th, 2010 at 12:37pm

    Thanks for your comment J. Sorry to hear that they didn't hold up. Perhaps the type of doilies that you used were too thin?
  8. Posted by Kate on August 17th, 2010 at 8:42pm

    I've seen doilies dyed with food colouring - just making a bath and dipping them in. Can't remembre where but it should be easily googleable. They came out pretty pastel colours.
  9. Posted by Amy on September 13th, 2010 at 12:30am

    The woman baking our wedding cupcakes also requested that we not use doilies, because she was concerned that they were too thin to hold up, especially if they absorb some of the butter from the frosting. I do hope this works out for other people though! I don't really have the time to investigate whether I can get thicker doilies, and we have the means to buy the cardstock liners, so we'll just go with that.
  10. Posted by Megan on October 16th, 2010 at 8:04pm

    This is such a beautiful and cute way to dress up a cupcake! Great Tutorial!
  11. Posted by Evelyn on October 19th, 2010 at 7:00am

    just LOVE these! Beautiful!!!
  12. Posted by monica on November 6th, 2010 at 10:37pm

    Great idea!!!. I wanna ask you what size of doilies do you use for mini cupcakes?

  13. Posted by Christina on November 7th, 2010 at 12:18am

    Hi Monica,

    I haven't made them for the mini cupcakes so I'm not sure what size. You'd have to do some experimenting.
  14. Posted by Anna on November 23rd, 2010 at 9:46pm

    Do you bake the cakes first in wrappers and then place the wrapped cake in the doily?? I am the MOH in my best friends wedding and I am trying to find some cute classy ideas.

  15. Posted by Frankie Leal on January 11th, 2011 at 12:18am

    So so very Cute!! Every year my family full of Girls have a Tea I will be taking cupcakes!!! I love this!
  16. Posted by jessica on February 20th, 2011 at 12:41am

    that is absolutely genius
  17. Posted by Kim on March 7th, 2011 at 5:32pm

    That is just what I was looking for, thank you so much!
  18. Posted by Anne on April 17th, 2011 at 2:11pm

    ive done this before they r so easy to make
  19. Posted by jane on May 20th, 2011 at 3:49am

    looking for a cupcake wrapper template that i can cut out and use. low budget.
  20. Posted by SHARON on August 4th, 2011 at 6:48pm

    I made these wrappers for my daughters homemade wedding and they were a hit, I got 12 inch doilies and was able to get 3 wrappers from each one. There were eight doilies in a pack and was able to cut three packs at once. Went very fast, less than a hour and 144 wrappers
  21. Posted by Christina on August 5th, 2011 at 8:26am

    Thanks for the comment Sharon. Glad they worked out for you!
  22. Posted by Laura Kelly on August 6th, 2011 at 11:19pm

    These are great, thanks!
  23. Posted by damon on August 9th, 2011 at 7:12pm

    Love the DIY. Your site is great for inspiration and thanks for posting this.
  24. Posted by Jasmine on August 13th, 2011 at 9:40pm

    Thank you for the's just what I needed for the Princess Baby Shower !!!!
  25. Posted by Christina on August 14th, 2011 at 10:09pm

    You're welcome Jasmine!
  26. Posted by Alexis Breeze on September 1st, 2011 at 1:15pm

    I love this tutorial. I couldn't find any good books in the library about these kind of cake decorations. Thank you a lot!
  27. Posted by V. Donaldson on October 25th, 2011 at 2:31am

    Very cool idea! Thanks for sharing. I love to use Bella Cupcake Couture wrappers too. So easy to use and pretty! I like this tip if I want something lacy as well.
  28. Posted by Lokard Desmock on June 2nd, 2012 at 3:03pm

    Spot on with this write-up, I truly assume this web site needs far more consideration. I’ll probably be again to read rather more, thanks for that info.
  29. Posted by Anjelica on June 4th, 2012 at 5:04pm

    The Dollar Tree had 8 & 10 inch doilies with 32/pk...I'm checking them out today. I'll let everyone know if they work out. I'm hoping they aren't too flimsy (something tells me they are...dollar store product, lol) I might just double them up to thicken the paper so they stay sturdy. It will only cost me $8 to double them! Better than $60 for the 100 I need...
  30. Posted by Nicole Lalande on June 8th, 2012 at 2:18am

    What a clever idea & so simple..... Thank you for sharing...
  31. Posted by catherine on January 26th, 2013 at 12:32pm

    merci pour cette idée géniale, cela fait de très beaux wrappers
  32. Posted by MF on March 8th, 2013 at 2:42pm

    You can make lovely colors by dipping doilies in food colouring...
  33. Posted by Kristine on April 4th, 2013 at 5:18pm

    Such a great idea. I have started making my own cupcakes just recently and this would be a perfect gift idea. Loving everything on this blog so far by the way.
  34. Posted by Amy on May 7th, 2013 at 10:10am

    I love this idea. So easy and inexpensive, too. I am using this for my friend's sprinkle to hold donuts I'm baking. Thank you!
  35. Posted by Christina on May 7th, 2013 at 2:15pm

    Cute idea Amy. Donuts? Yum!
  36. Posted by Jan on October 23rd, 2013 at 10:08pm

    Thank you for sharing your DIY cupcake template. I have been checking out so many free template & they all want to change your tool bar or homepage to get to the template. Yours site is the only one I have found that actually gave me the free template with no attachment. Thanks so much!!! Cant wait to get started :)
  37. Posted by Mary on December 29th, 2013 at 9:38pm

    To those concerned about these holding up for a wedding... Wilton makes grease-proof doilies intended for withstanding buttercream icings! ;) Check your local craft store or order them online!
  38. Posted by Omotayo on February 10th, 2014 at 10:52am

    This is lovely. I too have doilies gathering dust and never thought to use them for this beautiful idea. What is the size of the cupcake used in the picture? I would like my cupcake frosting to rise above the top. Any tips on how I can do that? Thanks soooo much
  39. Posted by Siolo Vaetolo on March 27th, 2014 at 8:35pm

    OMG this is absolute genius... I've been running maniac trying to find cupcake wrappers for a wedding in the weekend and this has literally saved me time and a whole lot of money... Sooooo Amazing!

    Thankyou for sharing
  40. Posted by Ariana on March 31st, 2014 at 6:12pm

    Those are too cute!
  41. Posted by Remi Zagari on January 31st, 2015 at 7:57pm

    Cool idea!
  42. Posted by Alice Higgins on April 26th, 2015 at 11:46pm

    The cupcake lace holders are amazing. So easy, yet so cute.
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