Believe it or not, cupcake liners, which are also known as baking cups or muffin liners, have many uses beyond baked goods. Here are seven of my favorite alternate uses for baking cups:

1. Popsicle drip-catcher

If you love eating Popsicles as a refreshing summer treat but hate getting sticky, technicolor Popsicle drippings all over your hands, here’s a tip for you. Make an opening in the bottom of a baking cup by folding it in half and cutting a slit at the fold (it should be about the same size as the diameter of the Popsicle stick). Slip the baking cup up the Popsicle stick. Voila! You can enjoy your frozen treat without any more sticky, drippy messes!

2. Make cup covers

If you’re drinking out of glasses outside or laying out glassware for an outdoor party, bugs, leaves, pollen and the like can get in your glass and spoil your drink or dirty your glassware. Protect your outdoor beverages and glasses with a cupcake liner! Simply flip one upside down and place on the top rim of the glass. If you’re using a straw, cut a slit in the middle of the baking cup and slide the straw through it. Check out this DIY on how to make mason jar glasses with cupcake liners.

3. Contain loose-powder makeup messes

Loose powder mineral makeup may be all the rage, but it certainly is messy. To contain the mess from containers of loose-powder face makeup, bronzers or loose-powder eye shadows, you may just place a paper towel underneath the makeup. However, it is much easier to prevent messes by placing the container of loose powder makeup in a baking cup on your vanity, bathroom counter or wherever you put on your makeup. The baking cup should keep the loose powder from getting all over the counter. And when you’re done using the makeup, any loose powder that spilled out into the baking cup can be poured back into the makeup container. Makeup is expensive, so this is a great way to avoid wasting it!

4. Hold pre-scooped ice cream

When serving ice cream at a party, the last thing you want to be doing is wrangling with a scooper and a tub of hardened ice cream while trying to serve your guests. Serving ice cream is easy and mess-free when you plan ahead. The night before your party, scoop individual portions of ice cream into baking cups. Then put the ice cream-filled baking cups on a cookie tray in the freezer and freeze overnight. When it’s time to serve dessert, take your tray out of the freezer and serve your guests their pre-scooped ice cream. This is also a great way to practice portion control!

5. Hold and contain pills, small craft items, cooking spices and dry snack foods

Use baking cups to divvy up your daily vitamins and medications. When doing crafts, use baking cups to hold small amounts of paint, glue, glitter, beads and other small craft supplies. When cooking, use baking cups to hold measured-out portions of spices. You can also use a baking cup to serve small portions of dry snack foods such as Goldfish crackers, dry Cheerios or a small handful of dried fruit.

6. Spruce up a string of Christmas lights

You can use baking cups to add a soft glow and some colorful pizzazz to a string of miniature Christmas or fairy lights. To do this, cut a hole in the bottom, flat portion of the baking cup and then poke a light bulb from the string of lights into the hole. Repeat this process for the other bulbs.
(Photo Credit: The Hazel Bloom)

7. Make Pretty Individual-Sized Jell-O Molds

Instead of making Jell-O in a boring old bowl, use a baking cup! Prepare the Jell-O according to package instructions, but instead of pouring the liquid into a bowl or traditional mold, pour it into a baking cup. To prevent spills and leakage, I recommend using two baking cups at a time (one baking cup nestled in the other). After the Jell-O sets in the fridge, carefully peel away the baking cups from the Jell-O, flip upside-down and serve on a plate. Add whipped cream and other toppings as desired. The ridges from the baking cup will make this easy treat look fancy.

7 Alternate Uses for Cupcake Liners