Thursday, July 29, 2010

Tea-Towel Cupcake Tutorial

I made these as little gifts for a housewarming gathering recently. They're little Tea-Towel Cupcakes aka towelettes disquised as cupcakes! LOL! Have fun making them!

These are the supplies you need : Circle Puncher | Red and Green Scrap Paper | A Leaf Puncher | Ribbons | Paper Cupcake Liners | Toothpicks | Double Sided Tape | Small Hand - Kitchen Towelettes | Packaging Plastics.

The size of your towels will determine the size of your cupcakes. They're supposed to be daity, so pick rectangular towels. I actually did one at the store to determine the right size (one that fits a cupcake liner. Do this if you don't want to end up with 2 dozen towels that are wrong in size!

I chose these lovely ribbed kitchen towels. They have a beautiful texture and only RM2 each from Jusco. Usually towelettes come in sets of 4s and 5s and in a range of coordinating colours. Pick one according to your colour theme. And yes, rectangular ones work perfectly. You'll see what I mean.

Prepare the cherry on top. Punch red circles (the cherry on top), or if you have other cute punches, other printed cupcake toppers will also do. Punch leaves. Enough for the amount of towels you have. Use a double sided tape and sandwich a toothpick with the leaf in the middle. Press and set aside.

Don't they look cute already! Make enough for the amount you plan to have. Use your imagination, you can use beads like gumdrops, or a lollipop too.

Here comes the tricky part. It's not that hard once you get the first one right. Almost like origami or linen napkin folding. Spread a towel on a flat surface just like on the picture.

Fold the top and bottom of the towel to the middle.

Fold again into the middle. The height of the teatowel cupcake is determined here. So use your noodles and figure out a good height. No worries, you can undo the towel and try again.
In one corner fold down to make a triangle.
Pick the folded down corner and fold upwards to make the triangle thicker. Making sure the pointed triangle is slightly jutting out of your line of towel. This will form the peak of your cupcake.
Roll around the peak once. You'll find that the towel will slant a little. This is good and natural for the next step.
Tighten the roll as you go. Now, fold the band of towel outwards as in the picture. Continue the roll and folding outwards as you go.

Rolling...
Wrapping...
Now the towel looks like a big dollop of cream. Hold firmly.

Tie a ribbon slightly above the last fold to secure. I find gross grain ribbons work better. The silky ones require a lot of skill since it is slippery. I struggled at first, but you'll get the hang of it after the 3rd and so on. If not, get a nimble assistant to tie the ribbon while you hold on to one.

Push the cherry sticks on top and place them on a cupcake liner each. Easy-Peasy, Super Cute!
This is a horrible picture, but the plastic was so reflective. I wanted to show you how you can pack them in nice little glass packages and topped with a neat label.
HAPPY CRAFTING! Do let me know if the tute was helpful and maybe share with me some photos of your own Teatowel Cupcake creations!!! Hugs!!!!

37 comments:

Sheene said...

the cupcakes are soo adorable! thanks for sharing! been thinking of making a couple of these for my daughter's birthday next month..

umi_e said...

Hi... It's really clear and helpful!

Many thanks for sharing :)

ALESSANDRA said...

wonderful blog and fantastic allles your creations

Ira said...

What a totally brilliant and extremely nice idea!! Thanks so much for sharing this, they're also wonderful for giveaways!
Have a wonderful weekend, ~Ira

Papgena Made It said...

that's very clever and the result is lovely!
thank you for sharing!!

Ciyou said...

wonderful~~ your blog is with tons of ideas~~ love it

Kay Heritage said...

These are just adorable! What a wonderful idea!! I am so un-crafty and will be checking your blog is fantastic!

shogun_na said...

hi...this is my 1st time visit ur blog...wow....the tutorial of cuppies....yummy...u gv me an idea.... hehehe....if i hv smthg on, will consider this as a gift...

Its really a great blog... ;)

Sandee said...

LOVE! I'm wondering if this can be done with baby diapers for a baby shower. The wheels are turning... :)

mahanee said...

hello..i loooove it sister..i am going to make it soon for my sister baby shower thanx & good luck:)

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

That is so cute! I love those toppers. Thanks for the great idea, I'll be linking.

Big and Little with Odd Socks said...

What a clever idea. My sister loves collectiong teatowels and now I have a lovely way to give them to her. Thanks.

Pink Princess said...

LOVELY!! I am going to try to make a bundle to give out on the next BBQ I go to, just as a nice gesture. THANKS for the tute ♥♥♥

Marian from the Netherlands

she wears flowers said...

These are gorgeous!

Tami (Pixeltrash) said...

Super cute idea. I have some printable cupcake wrappers on my food blog, that would look really cute on these! They are a little higher then the cupcake papers, so they might hold it all together nicely. I might just have to give it a try! Thanks for the idea!

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Kimara@weefolkart said...

These turned out adorable. I'm helping a friend make token gifts for a wedding shower. These would certainly be wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

Pontos e Panos said...

Very very nice idea!!!!

The Green Pea said...

The tea towel cupcake idea is so cute! They would make lovely gifts. Thank you for sharing your idea. sandi

Clare said...

Great idea and what a simple gift!

Rosana Garcia Hess said...

That is so cute! I love those toppers. Thanks for the great idea, I'll be linking.
Hugs from Brazil

Mandy Hornbuckle said...

These are SO CUTE!! I want to try these with burp cloths!

Teri said...

What a great idea! :)

angela said...

Super cute! Now I just need someone to buy a house or get married so I can make them some!!

MJ said...

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Zoe said...

These are adorable! and very detailed instructions i must say, with lots of great photos. I'm planning my daughter's 1st birthday for next month and it's cupcake theme so I'm cupcake crazy right now. Thanks for sharing ;-) ~Zoe

Janet said...

These cupcakes are so cute! I'm sharing your idea on my blog. Thanks for the great idea!

Erin said...

These are so adorable! Thanks for the step by step because I'm for sure going to be making these!!!

Zafran ali said...

Wonderful tutorial I absolutely love it.
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Aline Tavares said...

Hi, Dear. It's a wonderful and cute idea. Thanks for sharring. Probably, I'll use or, saying better, I'll try make this cupcakes to give my wedding guests.
Thanks and regards.

Volleysoft said...

what a sweet little gift to bring for the hostess who invites you to tea!

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elibene said...

Questi muffin sono meravigliosi!! Complimenti sei molto creativa!!! Un saluto dall'Italia Benedetta

kalea_kane said...

What a great idea! I can see this working great at a shower.

MK said...

I love the idea. I was thinking about placing them in a cupcake pan to give them as a housewarming gift.

Ladye Colston said...

Im going to try this for my daughters house warming party.

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