In addition to making name tags and announcement/invitation cards for my friend’s son’s graduation party, I decided they needed some special cupcake wrappers. I started with the four cupcake wrappers that have been available for download since I designed them in 2009. The first thing I did was to update the closure on all of the wrappers. I like the hook and slot closure much better than the winged tab and slot version. The hook and slot is so much easier to put together and can be easily ‘unhooked’ if some one wants to keep the cupcake wrapper. I then updated the date in the #2 (in the picture below) wrappers to 2012 instead of 2009.
I had been requested to create wrappers that people could cut from pretty paper – that didn’t have any detail in the main part of the wrappers but looked like wrappers #1 and #4. Unfortuntely, if you cut those files from light colored patterned papers it is sometimes difficult to read the wording on the top edge of the wrapper. My solution was to modify the wrapper by removing all of the wording on the top edge and to make it just a bit larger. Then it became a sleeve which fit on the bottom part of the wrapper but the words are easy to read since they are a solid color. In the picture below you can see the two separate pieces.
In order to keep the two layers together, I assembled them as if they were one piece. That is, I held both pieces together and put both hooks through both slots at the same time. Then I pulled the sleeve down away from the solid piece at about the middle, applied some glue, and then put the sleeve back into place. That way it was secured in two places.
For the #1 cupcake wrapper, I gave it some extra interest by adding the graduate’s name, the year, and the school mascot from the school logo in outdoor vinyl. The outdoor vinyl from KNK-USA is easy to cut and work with. It is also shiny which makes it stand out on the matt finish cardstock. My friend said that those wrappers might never see a cupcake. I’m thinking she liked them.
The sleeve and the vinyl idea could be applied to any of the other cupcake wrappers that have a large plain area at the bottom. Other embellishments such as flowers, ribbons, rhinestones, cut cardstock pieces, photos, etc., could be used as well. Just be sure that you add about 1/8″ to the length of the sleeve so it fits around the inner wrapper.
Updated files for these wrappers and the sleeve are in the link below: