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4th of July Cupcakes: Decorating Ideas and DIY Cupcake Wrappers

Updated on May 31, 2012

4th of July Cupcakes

Celebrate the 4th of July with these festive cupcakes!
Celebrate the 4th of July with these festive cupcakes! | Source

Fourth of July Cupcake Ideas

If you are looking for some fun decorating ideas for your 4th of July cupcakes, you have come to the right place. Celebrate this Independence Day with our red, white, and blue cupcakes wrapped in a homemade cupcake wrapper and topped with do it yourself firecracker cupcake toppers. Your guests will adore all of the added personal touches on this patriotic dessert idea.

For more information on how to create these decorating ideas, read further for a list of supplies and step-by-step directions for making our festive 4th of July cupcakes.


Red, White, and Blue Cupcakes

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An inside view of the red, white, and blue cupcake.Add red and blue food coloring to cake mix.Add a spoonful of both red and white cake mix.Top with a spoonful of blue cake mix.Our cupcakes straight out of the oven.
An inside view of the red, white, and blue cupcake.
An inside view of the red, white, and blue cupcake. | Source
Add red and blue food coloring to cake mix.
Add red and blue food coloring to cake mix. | Source
Add a spoonful of both red and white cake mix.
Add a spoonful of both red and white cake mix. | Source
Top with a spoonful of blue cake mix.
Top with a spoonful of blue cake mix. | Source
Our cupcakes straight out of the oven.
Our cupcakes straight out of the oven. | Source

How to Make Red, White, and Blue Cupcakes

If you want to go all out this 4th of July, make a batch of red, white, and blue cupcakes. Your guests will be delighted to find a patriotic look both inside and outside of this festive dessert. All you need is a white or yellow cake mix and red and blue food coloring. Below you will find step-by-step directions for how to create these multicolored cupcakes.

Directions:

  1. Blend together all the ingredients to make a yellow or white cake mix.

  2. After you are finished blending, divide the cake mix equally into 3 separate bowls.

  3. Add 3 to 4 drops of red food coloring to one bowl and stir well. Repeat process with blue food coloring in another bowl.

  4. Add a spoonful of each color of cake mix into baking cups making sure not to fill up the cups more than halfway full.

  5. Bake in oven according to the time and temperature on the cake mix package.


DIY Cupcake Wrappers

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Our finished 4th of July cupcake wrappers.Supplies to make the DIY cupcake wrappers.Make red and blue dots on white cardstock paper.My little cupcake assistants working hard on the wrappers.Wrap around cupcake and secure with tape or glue.
Our finished 4th of July cupcake wrappers.
Our finished 4th of July cupcake wrappers. | Source
Supplies to make the DIY cupcake wrappers.
Supplies to make the DIY cupcake wrappers. | Source
Make red and blue dots on white cardstock paper.
Make red and blue dots on white cardstock paper. | Source
My little cupcake assistants working hard on the wrappers.
My little cupcake assistants working hard on the wrappers. | Source
Wrap around cupcake and secure with tape or glue.
Wrap around cupcake and secure with tape or glue. | Source

4th of July Cupcake Supplies

Meri Meri Cupcake Kits, Stars and Stripes
Meri Meri Cupcake Kits, Stars and Stripes

Perfect cupcake kit for the busy hostess.

 

4th of July DIY Cupcake Wrappers

Give your 4th of July cupcakes a personal touch with do it yourself cupcake wrappers. These wrappers are very kid-friendly and can keep children entertained while you are busy preparing the cupcakes. We used Do-A-Dot paint bottles to create our firecracker inspired wrappers. If you don't own a set of these bottles, use a small circular sponge or cotton ball to apply red and blue washable paint to create your design. Here is the list of supplies you will need and the directions for creating our DIY cupcake wrappers.

Supplies:

  • White cardstock paper

  • Red and blue Do-A-Dot paint bottles

  • Scissors

  • Ruler

  • Pencil

  • Tape or glue

Directions:

  1. On a sheet of white cardstock paper, apply red and blue dots with paint bottles. After my boys applied the dots, I went back and lightly applied smaller dots to make it appear more like a firework display.
  2. When the sheet is fully covered, use a ruler and pencil to create long strips of paper measuring approximately 1 and 1/4 inches wide. You should be able to make 6 cupcake wrappers per sheet.
  3. Wrap the cupcake wrappers around your cupcakes and cut off any excess length. Secure the wrapper with either a piece of tape or glue.


DIY Cupcake Toppers

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Our finished 4th of July cupcake topper.Paint coffee filters red and blue.Cut filters into circles.Cut slits around circles.Insert toothpick in middle of circles and twist around. Add a small piece of tape to secure.
Our finished 4th of July cupcake topper.
Our finished 4th of July cupcake topper. | Source
Paint coffee filters red and blue.
Paint coffee filters red and blue. | Source
Cut filters into circles.
Cut filters into circles. | Source
Cut slits around circles.
Cut slits around circles. | Source
Insert toothpick in middle of circles and twist around. Add a small piece of tape to secure.
Insert toothpick in middle of circles and twist around. Add a small piece of tape to secure. | Source

More Ideas for Cupcake Toppers

Suggestions:
American flags
Red, white, and blue stars
Uncle Sam hats
"Happy 4th of July" message
Red, white, and blue swirls
*Any of these toppers can be made out of cardstock paper.

More Decorating Ideas for 4th of July Cupcakes

4th of July DIY Cupcake Toppers

Another festive idea for your 4th of July cupcakes is to make do it yourself cupcake toppers. This homemade craft is also one that the kids can help with. Have them paint the coffee filters with red and blue paint while you are frosting the cupcakes with a delicious batch of buttercream icing. Once you are completed with this project, you will have a super cute cupcake topper that resembles a firecracker. Below you will find a list of needed supplies and directions for creating these patriotic toppers.

Supplies:

  • Coffee filters

  • Paper plates

  • Red and blue Do-A-Dot paint bottles

  • Toothpicks

  • Scissors

  • Tape

Directions:

  1. On paper plates, spread out the coffee filters and cover with red and blue paint. Wait for paint to completely dry or use a hair dryer to speed up this process.
  2. Once completely dry, use scissors to cut out small circles from red and blue coffee filters. I cut out four circles from each coffee filter.
  3. Place a red and blue circle on top of each other and cut small slits all the way around the circles.
  4. Insert a toothpick in the middle of the two circles and twist the filters around the top of the toothpick.
  5. Use a small piece of tape to secure the filters to the toothpick. Spread out the red and blue filter to resemble a firecracker.
  6. Once the cupcake toppers are finished, insert your firecrackers into the middle of each cupcake.


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4th of July Party Ideas

At your 4th of July party, serve your guests a batch of these festive cupcakes on a cute, patriotic platter or cupcake stand. If you are using a cupcake stand, dress it up with small American flags or red, white, and blue ribbons. With these added decorations, your guests will most certainly feel the American spirit flowing throughout the dessert table.

If there will be kids at your Independence Day celebration, keep them busy with some fun patriotic crafts. For several craft ideas, be sure to check out 4th of July Crafts: 5 Fun Patriotic Craft Ideas for Kids.

I hope you have found these decorating ideas helpful for creating a festive batch of 4th of July cupcakes. If you have any questions or comments about any of the above ideas, feel free to leave these in the comment section below. Wishing you and your family a very happy 4th of July!


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    • Mommiegee profile image

      Mommiegee 4 years ago from Alabama

      These are awesome ideas. Thanks so much for sharing!

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      Cholee Clay 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      I love your cupcake toppers! Super cute alissa:) Voted up and shared.

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks Mommiegee! So happy to hear you liked the ideas! Appreciate you stopping by!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Shesabutterfly! After making the firecracker craft with my boys, I thought it would be fun to make a miniature version for our cupcakes. Appreciate the vote up and for sharing!

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      thebookmom 4 years ago from Nebraska

      This hub is wonderful. I can't wait to make these with my girls. I think we'll do a trial run for flag day and then take them to our annual 4th party. My favorite part is the cupcake topper, super cute and fun to make. Very well done.

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much thebookmom! I was really pleased with the way the toppers turned out so it's great to hear that others are liking them too. Hope they turn out well for you and your girls. Appreciate you stopping by and for leaving such sweet comments!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Wow, how do you do this? I love those beautiful cupcakes pictured at the top. And, the inside view of the second set is amazing! Thanks for sharing.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I love your cupcake hubs! Thanks for some more great holiday dessert ideas.

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      Janice S 4 years ago

      Love the DIY cupcake toppers and wrappers! Great hub.

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      You are too sweet teaches12345! So happy that you like the decorating ideas! Thanks so much for your visit and for the kind comments!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much randomcreative! Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks janices7! So happy to hear you like the decorating ideas! Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      You are ready to for our patriotic holidays! These are great cupcakes for a 4th of July party!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much RTalloni! Happy to hear you like the cupcakes :) Appreciate your visit and comment!

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      wynnestudios 4 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      Those are cute. My daughters will love making these for the festive BBQ we will be enjoying. Great hub!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much wynnestudios! Hope your daughters enjoy making them! Appreciate your kind comments!

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      Green Art 4 years ago

      Such simple and fun ideas! Looking forward to surprising family with some of them. Voted UP!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Green Art! Hope your family enjoys them! Appreciate you stopping by and for the vote up!

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      Kristen Howe 23 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Alissa, these are wonderful ideas to make 4th of July cupcakes with the patriotic theme. You can change the toppings every year for something different. Voted up for awesome!

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