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!

DIY: Thinking Outside the Cupcake Cup