Cupcake Box

by Caroline Hallett

Tuck a special gift inside this cupcake shaped box.


  • Polystyrene ball, 70mm diameter
  • Small paper drinking cup
  • Patterned scrapbook paper, 12" x12"
  • Striped scrapbook paper
  • Small flower punch or die
  • Circle die (same size as polystyrene ball)
  • Small sequin pins or Lills pins, about 70
  • Scoring tool
  • Paper trimmer
  • Coordinating ink
  • Sponge dauber
  • Hot glue gun
  • Foam mat


  1. Step 1

    Using scissors, trim a paper cup to just under 2" high. Cut polystyrene ball in half (a kitchen knife is good for this).

  2. These 2 pieces form the basic shape of the box.

  3. Step 2

    Cut a strip of striped paper to 2" x 12". Score the strip on the long side every 1/4", and accordion fold the strip back and forth.

  4. Step 3

    Using hot glue, adhere folded paper around the paper cup base to cover it.

  5. Step 4

    Use a die or large circle punch to cut a circle from the patterned scrapbook paper. Use hot glue to attach it to the base of the foam circle.

  6. Step 5

    Punch out around 70 small flowers from the remaining patterned scrapbook paper.

  7. Step 6

    Sponge the edge of the flowers with a coordinating ink.

    Several flowers can be sponged at once.

  8. Step 7

    Using a ball stylus and a foam mat, take around 20 flowers and form to shape by pressing into the center of each one.

  9. Step 8

    Start by attaching the flat flowers to the ball using small pins, making sure you completely cover the half dome with flowers.

  10. Step 9

    Attach the 20 formed flowers to finish.

  11. Step 10

    Embellish the box if desired, tuck a gift inside, and complete the project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Cupcake Box. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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That is a cute project.
Bunny Hoyle  |  Wed Apr 8, 2015 at 4:50 AM
Where in the world did you get your glue pen?! I love it and I cannot find it...even on Amazon!
Rosalyn  |  Wed Apr 8, 2015 at 5:11 AM
Thank you Bunny x
Caroline Hallett  |  Wed Apr 8, 2015 at 5:11 AM
LOVE this....absolutely brilliant and adorable! Great tutorial and I also want your cordless glue gun!!! smile
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Apr 8, 2015 at 8:37 AM
Thank you Susanne - I love my BOSCH glue pen - its such a great tool - expensive compared to the cheaper guns, but so much better built and therefore better quality in the long run x
Caroline Hallett  |  Wed Apr 8, 2015 at 8:39 AM
Hi Rosalyn
Its here
Can thoroughly recommend
Caroline Hallett  |  Wed Apr 8, 2015 at 8:41 AM
I'm Thinking you could crimp the paper strip for the cup, if you had a bunch to make? Might be a way to save time?
Shawn D  |  Wed Apr 8, 2015 at 9:34 AM
What a good idea Shawn. - yes you could crimp them
Caroline Hallett  |  Wed Apr 8, 2015 at 9:36 AM
This is the cutest thing I've seen in a long time. Printed off your tutorial to make my DH one. I'll manage without a fancy glue gun, but I need to find those tiny sequin pins. TYFS
Kathynruss  |  Wed Apr 8, 2015 at 11:11 AM
Thank you Kathryn - I have made them before with just short dress making pins if that helps xx
Caroline Hallett  |  Wed Apr 8, 2015 at 11:13 AM
Just found the pins on the Inkling e-mail as a featured product. How cool was that? Ordered 4 boxes from Amazon! I'll be set for workshops, too!
kathynruss  |  Wed Apr 8, 2015 at 11:15 AM
Lovely idea must try this
eluned jeffery  |  Wed Apr 8, 2015 at 1:45 PM
Great idea .. But I'm wondering how the top stays on the bottom...unless you squeeze it down into the base.
Sylvia Brown  |  Wed Apr 8, 2015 at 4:30 PM
Sylvia it just sits on top, but I have made them with ribbon hinges if you want the lid to stay with the box, or you could make a small paper hinge if that suits you
Caroline Hallett  |  Wed Apr 8, 2015 at 4:44 PM
Thanks Caroline....i'll try those ideas on the hinges....i just didn't want to give it to someone and the top fall off as they are receiving the gift.....clumsy me would knock it off at some point. smile
Sylvia Brown  |  Thu Apr 9, 2015 at 11:58 AM
Really cute project! Am going to try it.
Sylvia Kwasney  |  Thu Apr 9, 2015 at 3:26 PM
Have fun Sylvia x
Caroline Hallett  |  Thu Apr 9, 2015 at 3:59 PM
Oh, Caroline, this is a fabulous tutorial, and I love this darling little cupcake!! What a delightful gift! Hugs!
CherylQuilts  |  Fri Apr 10, 2015 at 12:13 PM
What a sweet little gift this will be. Can't wait to make one for my colleague who is having a birthday in May. Love your tutorials, Caroline. So easy to follow!
Barbara Stanton  |  Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 9:09 AM

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