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.


  1. Stefano  July 15, 2010

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

    • camilla  July 15, 2010

      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

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

    • camilla  July 15, 2010

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

  3. LEDMEN  July 15, 2010

    Hi you can use led lights no heat.

    • camilla  July 15, 2010

      True! Thanks for that-C

  4. Benita  July 15, 2010

    Love this idea!!!

  5. azdiygal  July 15, 2010

    MMMMMM… now I want cupcakes.

  6. Aunt Jenny  July 17, 2010

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

  7. Diane {}  July 17, 2010

    What a great look! I love IKEA, and I really love cupcakes what a fun lighting set 🙂

  8. Paula  July 18, 2010

    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

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

  9. Becki D  July 18, 2010

    What a creative idea!! Love it.

  10. Heather - Dollar Store Crafts  July 19, 2010

    I’m gonna link to these tomorrow at Dollar Store Crafts

  11. Heather - Dollar Store Crafts  July 19, 2010

    Fun idea! What kind of lights did you use?

    • camilla  July 19, 2010

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

  12. Katie  July 20, 2010

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

  13. Michelle L.  July 24, 2010

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

  14. Amanda  July 26, 2010

    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!

  15. Francine Clouden  July 27, 2010

    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!

  16. Mariolonza  July 27, 2010

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

  17. Käselotti  July 29, 2010

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

  18. Colleen  August 17, 2010

    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

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

  19. Maria João  January 15, 2011

    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

      Thanks Maria – Your site it lovely! Camilla

  20. frogin the cottage  August 24, 2011

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

  21. Miriam Corona  September 1, 2011

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

  22. Lorie  October 24, 2011

    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!

  23. hollie  February 15, 2012

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

  24. nora  April 8, 2012

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

  25. patti  July 6, 2012

    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!

  26. Molly  March 23, 2013

    I absolutely love these they are so cute