Flags for Birthday Cupcakes

I have always LOVED celebrating my kids' birthdays and one of the things I love most is making the cakes or cupcakes. I enjoy spending time on them making sure they are special and cute….. It is one of the ways for me to let my children know how much their big day means to me! For years I made whatever themed cake they requested (Nemo, Spiderman, etc) but they have now sort of outgrown those so I have been making cupcakes a lot more.

Creating little flags for each cupcake is a quick and easy way to make them really fun and extra special! We have two birthdays in May so I have done this project twice now recently and thought I would share them with you.

First was Matthew's birthday. I used FabRips from Studio Calico (sticky-backed fabric strips) and tapes from American Crafts, 7gypsies and Heidi Swapp which made it really fast because you don't even have to use any glue or adhesive. You simply wrap the tape or fabric strip around the stick and then cut the flag shape with scissors.

Then for Nathan's birthday I used patterned papers from American Crafts and Scenic Route. It was the same process only I had to cut the paper into strips first and then add some adhesive before wrapping them around the sticks. The sticks are from the craft store and are found in the candy making isle because they are meant for making lollypops. You can also use regular old toothpicks but I like that these sticks are white and they are bigger and taller so you can make a bigger flag.

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The kids in both of their classes absolutely loved the flags and kept them after eating the cupcakes! 

Only problem is that looking at these is making me hungry for more cupcakes….. anyone have a birthday soon? 🙂

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  • Latrice
    May 31, 2011 at 8:56 am

    I love how colorful they are. TFS!

  • Jessica
    May 31, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    love them!! so super cute and easy! I’m so doing that for my daughter’s birthday in July!
    Maggie, could you post or email me the recipe for your icing? I’ve been looking for a great one, and that looks delicious!
    livingstone@shaw.ca

  • Michelle Clement
    June 1, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Eeek! 🙂 They’re so cute!

  • Keshet
    June 1, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Love love love! Using tapes for these is such a great idea!

  • Emily Hamson
    June 2, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Those are so cute! I need to learn how to pipe my icing like that…it never turns out that cute for me, but maybe the flags would cover up my lack of skills!

  • Myfrogprince Lideros
    June 3, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    these are so cute and fun. I need to make some 🙂

  • wholesale jerseys
    June 15, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    love them!! so super cute and easy! I’m so doing that for my daughter’s birthday in July!
    Maggie, could you post or email me the recipe for your icing? I’ve been looking for a great one, and that looks delicious!

  • stephanie b.
    June 21, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    I love them!
    I was just wondering, where do you get your cake stands? You have the most amazing ones and I can’t seem to find any like them.

  • Leica Forrest
    June 21, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    these are really awesome Maggie. such fabulous photography!!!!

  • Shawn
    June 22, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Love your perfectly piped icing!

  • Asa Lara
    July 3, 2011 at 3:22 am

    I love your blog, it always inspires me THANK YOU FOR THAT. You have such a adorable girl(and now two girls, congrats!), and I thank you for doing such great boy-pages, they are rare to find.
    I think your cupcake-flags are super cute and I am going to make some, since i made my first cupcakes yesterday. How about sharing your recipie?
    best regards from Iceland
    Asa Lara – big fan of yours

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