Cupcake Lights Are Sweet

I found great looking cupcake tin liners at IKEA - they reminded me of small pleated lampshades. Within minutes, I created a softer look on a strand of bulbs hanging in my garden.

Using an X-Acto knife, make a cross cut in the bottom of the liner. Remove bulb from socket - slip on liner and replace bulb.

You can find these in the kitchen supply section at IKEA. A package of 65 is $0.99.

If you're using these indoors - the paper liners are fine. However, outdoor use won't stand up to rain - so you'll have to slip them off when you're through.

One package contains three different styles - so you can mix them up or use all the same.

Although I have never had a problem  – please use caution and do not leave lights on when not present. Also – make sure paper liners do not directly touch bulb. This project is not meant for long term use.

Comments (44):

  1. Stefano

    July 15, 2010 at 6:13 am

    Don’t you think there is the risk that the cups will catch fire?

    • camilla

      July 15, 2010 at 7:57 am

      Hi – Well, I figured that they are safe for oven use – so they can tolerate higher temps without catching fire. But, I think it’s always best to be cautious – and not leave them on for a long time when you’re not around. Thanks for the question -take care, Camilla

  2. Jackie

    July 15, 2010 at 6:44 am

    This is such a CUTE idea!!! Very creative.

    • camilla

      July 15, 2010 at 7:59 am

      Thanks! I’m really pleased with them – take care, Camilla


    July 15, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Hi you can use led lights no heat.

    • camilla

      July 15, 2010 at 9:02 am

      True! Thanks for that-C

  4. Benita

    July 15, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Love this idea!!!

  5. azdiygal

    July 15, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    MMMMMM… now I want cupcakes.

  6. Aunt Jenny

    July 17, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    These remind me of the Valentine’s day project. Beautiful! Looking forward to trying this!

  7. Paula

    July 18, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Totally fun and creative idea. Love the fact that you get 65 for only .99 and that they come in three different designs. Lots for baking and for lighting decor 🙂

    • camilla

      July 18, 2010 at 9:00 am

      Thanks! I love the patterns on these – better than what you’ll find in the grocery store :). C

  8. Becki D

    July 18, 2010 at 9:18 am

    What a creative idea!! Love it.

    • camilla

      July 19, 2010 at 5:28 pm

      Thanks! I used outdoor globe lights from Cost Plus World Market.

  9. Katie

    July 20, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    I just posted this on my blog… I love it 🙂

  10. Michelle L.

    July 24, 2010 at 10:51 am

    What a great look! totally love how easy and pretty this is. Now I’m off to snoop around the rest of your blog…

  11. Amanda

    July 26, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I linked to this post today from the new Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. 🙂 My hope is to share many of the fabulous projects I see everyday with the vast CG audience. I hope you will not only stop by and subscribe to CG, but will tell your friends about the new category! Hope you see some traffic from it!

  12. Francine Clouden

    July 27, 2010 at 2:35 am

    Not only is this project wonderful, but now I know where I can find cute cupcake liners! They are usually hard to come by in France. I hope my local Ikea stocks them!

  13. Mariolonza

    July 27, 2010 at 4:04 am

    But this idea is wonderful! I run to IKEA to buy!! :-))))

  14. Käselotti

    July 29, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    I love these cute lights. I wish I had a garden… ;o)

  15. Colleen

    August 17, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    I think this is so cute and I can not wait to try it! We currently have rope lighting arched on the roof of our outdoor gazebo, but these would look so much cuter!

    • camilla

      August 18, 2010 at 5:35 pm

      Colleen – So glad to hear it! Thanks for your kind comments 🙂 Take Care, Camilla

  16. Maria João

    January 15, 2011 at 3:45 am

    I just love your idea and it’s so easy to do.
    I would love to share this inspiration in my blog. Will you allow me to use your pics in my blog?????

    • camilla

      January 15, 2011 at 9:15 am

      Thanks Maria – Your site it lovely! Camilla

  17. frogin the cottage

    August 24, 2011 at 6:51 am

    what a lovely idea !!!!!! i could be jealous !!

  18. Miriam Corona

    September 1, 2011 at 8:23 am

    I love this idea! I love anything that has to do with cupcakes and this one is very creative! 🙂

  19. Lorie

    October 24, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Couldn’t you also use the outdoor mini christmas lights by making a smaller “x” in lieu of using the larger globes? I really love this idea!

  20. hollie

    February 15, 2012 at 12:55 am

    love Ikea, and love love this idea!! esp. those liners!

  21. nora

    April 8, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    thanks for the idea!! i tried christmas lights and white cupcake liners, looks really nice, makes a warm light 🙂

  22. patti

    July 6, 2012 at 12:19 am

    these look so cute—I think I will use this idea at Christmas time. I decorated one of my bedrooms with gingerbread houses and candy. These lights would look perfect in there!

  23. Molly

    March 23, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    I absolutely love these they are so cute

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