While strolling through Cash and Carry (a bulk restaurant/kitchen supply store) the other day, I remembered that I needed to pick up some paper baking cups for a dozen cupcakes I had committed to baking for my son’s classroom. I found a pack of hundreds of baking cups for only a dollar. “Too bad I only need a dozen of them,” I told  myself.  I purchased the baking cups and pledged to find some other uses for the hundreds of extras!

Here’s what I found:

Single Serve Ice Cream Bowls
Make sweet, single serve ice cream bowls by adding a scoop to each paper cup. Allow them to sit in the freezer for several hours prior to serving to make sure they are set and firm.



Miniature Snack Bowls
Skip the fancy and expensive party favor holders, and instead place your treats in baking cups. These are a great idea for baby or wedding showers, kids’ birthday parties, and so much more. Dinner party guests will enjoy their own individual cup of nuts or mints at their place settings too!


 Popsicle Drip Guard
This one is pretty much brilliant. Slip the end of the popsicle stick through the baking cup. It will catch any drips that start to melt down. No more mess or sticky hands!

Crayon Molds
Place crayon stubs in the cups until they are about 2/3 full. Then, put the cups in the oven for 10 minutes at 275 degrees. Remove and move to the freezer until solid. When you take the cup off, you will have a cool, zigzag-edged crayon! This would make a great rainy day activity, plus it gives new life to all of those little crayon stubs!

So go dig $1.00 in loose change out of those couch cushions and hit up the baking aisle at your local market. You will want to be sure you have your own stash on hand to try out all of these creative uses. Who knows? You might be inspired to think of even more!

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10 thoughts on “DIY: Thinking Outside the Cupcake Cup”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I wonder if this would make good soap molds as well??? If so be good to give as gifts….

  2. Hope Hansen says:

    not cupcake cups….but I use coffee filters in a variety of ways…first they make a great snack bowl and easy for kids to carry…and also to cover the plate in the microwave.  

  3. Anonymous says:

    Great idea’s. Thanks.

  4. don’t forget seasonal. My mom picked up some easter cups for 90 percent off. Thats right folks, only 10 Cents! with cute easter picks

  5. aphroditybb says:

    1. Make homemade chocolates and put each one in a cupcake holder.
    2. Homemade dishwasher tablets. Make homemade dishwasher soap and put 2 Tablespoons in each cup. Let sit out for a few days to harden. Peel tabs out and you have preformed tablets that are homemade, cheap, eco-friendly, and perfectly measured for the male in the house too. :-) 
    3. Covers for jars: Do you have jar of homemade jam at home that you want to give as a gift? Simply place a cupcake holder upside down on top. Wrap with ribbon and you have a fancy looking gift.

  6. dayna lloyd says:

    Oooh nice ideas!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Good ideas!

  8. After melting the crayons in the cupcake holders you could make flowers out of the colorful wrappers for a great spring decoration.