Free Digital Cupcake Wrapper

    Posted by  ·  October 23, 2009



    Cindy sent me an email asking if I could turn her cupcake wrapper template into a digital template and then give her readers some tips on using it. I gladly accepted the challenge!

    My friend Dani was also sweet enough to let me share a couple of her digital Halloween papers with you for this project. If you like these papers, you can find the rest of the collection here and the rest of the digital kit right here.


    First, if you are not a digital scrapbooker already, you will need some photo editing software. Check your computer, because a lot of printer, scanners, and cameras come with Photoshop Elements (PSE), which is GREAT program. If you don’t have any software already, you can read an article here about how to choose a program. This tutorial is done using PSCS3, because that’s what I use, I will make some adjustments for PSE users, but you can also find a similar tutorial for using templates here. She is using a different template, but all of the concepts are the same.

    As you are working on this, remember that edit>undo or ctrl+z (keyboard shortcut for undo) is your best friend! If you make a mistake, just undo and try again!! Let’s get started!


    1) Open the Cupcake Wrapper Template and papers into your program and then click on the little squares so your windows will be tiled.


    2) Select the move tool which looks like this:


    3) Click on one of the papers and hold down the shift key while dragging the paper onto the template, release the mouse first and then the shift key. By holding the shift key and releasing it last, your paper will automatically be centered. Click on the second paper to select it and repeat shift+drag+drop. Whichever paper you brought into the template last will be the paper that is showing, like this:


    4) Now we need to take a look at the layers pallet on the far right side of your screen. We will be moving some things around. Make sure that the top paper layer is selected and blue, like it is here (if it is not selected, simply click on it to select it):


    5) Now, you will click on the the top paper layer and drag it until it is between the two wrapper shapes and then drop it there. It will look like this right before you drop it:


    Your layers should be in this order and your pallet should now look like this:


    6) Make sure the top paper layer is selected by clicking on it. Here is where things will be a little bit different depending on what program you are using. If you are in PSE or PSCS you will click on ctrl+g (hold the ctrl key down while clicking g). If you are using PSCS 2, 3, or 4 you will click on ctrl+alt+g. The paper should have taken on the shape of the cupcake wrapper and look like this:


    7) Select the other paper layer by clicking on it and repeat, (ctrl+g OR ctrl+alt+g depending on your program). Now your wrappers should look like this:


    Now you are ready to print. When you print, make sure that you don’t “scale the image to fit” at all and that you select landscape mode. If you scale it to fit, they won’t fit your cupcakes! 🙂 After printing you are ready to cut out the wrappers and paste the ends together.

    The great thing about templates, is you can use any digital papers you want, so you can use these same wrapper with fall papers, Christmas papers, Winter papers….you get the idea. We have some links to some great sites that have free quality digi supplies to share to get you started here. If you think you might want to buy some great digital supplies The Daily Digi offers a HUGE grab bag (with several kits in it) for $5 each month here and you can see what’s in it here.

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    1. Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018
      Thank you! Super convenient and easy to use tutorial!
    2. Monday, March 6th, 2017
      I am delighted that I detected this web blog, exactly the right info that I was looking for!
    3. Chanty
      Thursday, October 16th, 2014
      Thank you so much not only for the material I downloaded but also and especially for your tutorial. Since yesterday I was trying to add papers on cupcakes templates but I wasn't able to do it. Yesterday I found 3 different tutorials and last night I tried to make it for hours .. but none helped me .. I thought I am probably dumb lol but then this morning I found your tutorial and in less then 10 minutes I was able to make my cupcakes wrappers. Your tutorial is easy to follow ... You are the best! :) Thank you so so much!
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    6. Elaine Cluett
      Monday, December 2nd, 2013
      is it possible for you to make a template for an anniversary wrapper for me I need it for a party and if so how much
    7. tara
      Sunday, October 27th, 2013
      where can i find the halloween haunting scrapbook kit? it's not on the site linked. :( please help thanks!!!
    8. Tara
      Saturday, October 26th, 2013
      PLEASE can you tell me where i can buy the halloween scrapbooking stuff??? it's not on her website :( :( i know this is super old. please help! thanks!!!!
    9. France
      Saturday, September 21st, 2013
      Thanks so much for your lovely template!!! <3
    10. Shell
      Monday, August 26th, 2013
      Hi Thanks for a great download. I am using Corel Paintshop Pro 9 but cant get "Ctrl g" or "Ctrl Alt g" to work it is a different command - brings up the grid. Would you know what it is I need to do? or what that command is called so I can figure it out. Any help very much appreciated.
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    12. Hollie
      Thursday, March 14th, 2013
      I just wanted to say THANK YOU for these, I looked all over YouTube and other places for this! You're step are so easy and worked perfectly with even the CS6.
    13. Lizel
      Friday, January 25th, 2013
      Hi there,

      I have trouble opening the papers as a layer. Would I use the .jpg papers provided in the download? When I open the .jpg in PS it opens in a new folder. Any advise. Thank you for the wonderful wrapper it is exactly what I am looking for.
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    15. Ilona
      Sunday, November 25th, 2012
      Thank you very much! This helps so much in creating a custom made cupcake wrapper!!!
    16. Donna
      Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
      Thank you!! I had a "crisis" this morning in decorating cupcakes and needed wrappers fast. So easy it is ridiculous! One thing of note (for mac users) anywhere you'd find "alt" use the command key. At least this holds true for Adobe products.
    17. Thursday, July 5th, 2012
      Thank you for the free download. I have been trying to engineer a working cupcake wrapper for some time and this really helped!
    18. Friday, June 8th, 2012
      you're awesome!! I thought I would never find the digital template for the cupcake wrapper!! :) :) since I also did digital scrapbooking, I'm just going to go from there with the techniques to make my own wrappers. ;)

      THANK YOUUUU!!!!
    19. Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
      OK - I am dumb and the printing is coming out all wrong for me. Can anyone help?
    20. Cherie
      Thursday, December 29th, 2011
      Fabulous! My 9-year old daughter wants an all-girl Zombie birthday party and we are planning on doing the Martha Stewart Brain Frosted Cupcakes. I used your wrapper with a photo of her smiling face so the kids can eat HER brains at the party! Exactly what we needed. Thanks for sharing this.
    21. Neisha
      Monday, November 21st, 2011
      Can this template be used to create freebies to post on my blog? They would be flattened files with my own designs used as paper. I would include a link back here as well. Thanks! My blog:
    22. Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
      Love this tutorial. Thanks, shared it on my fb page
    23. genesis
      Wednesday, August 10th, 2011
      thanks i been trying to figure it out on gimp and couldnt i just made all the party printibles for my baby birthday but the cupcake wrapper were been a pain lol
    24. kouture desings kreating smiles
      Friday, May 27th, 2011
    25. Sunday, May 15th, 2011
      Thank you so much for sharing these!

      For the GIMP question (for Denise), here are the last steps:

      1) Right click on the cupcake wrapper layer. Click on "Alpha to Selection."

      2) On the tool bar, click "select" then "invert"

      3) Click on the colored paper layer, then on the tool bar click "edit" then "clear"

      If you need more help, look up "How to make a clipping mask in GIMP" on Youtube.
    26. Wednesday, April 6th, 2011
      These are awesome!!! thank you so much for sharing!!!
    27. denise
      Sunday, March 20th, 2011
      I just downloaded the file. Thanks so much for sharing. I'm trying to make some for my daughter's birthday next week. Can anyone tell me what the last step would be in gimp to get the paper to take on the shape of the cupcake wrapper?

      Denise (
    28. Sunday, January 9th, 2011
      This might be the coolest PS tutorial I have ever seen. Thank you so much for putting it together!!
    29. Maricela
      Tuesday, January 4th, 2011
      i could not do it im using adobe photoshope element 2,o can u help me thank you
    30. Monday, December 20th, 2010
      This template was a life saver. It worked perfectly! I used it to make wrappers for cupcakes that we served at my daughter's 4th birthday. Thanks a bunch!
    31. VinGirl
      Saturday, October 30th, 2010
      Thanks so much for the editable version of these! ♥
    32. Beckydjdj
      Saturday, September 11th, 2010
      Thank you for the cool wrappers!!! Awesome!
    33. Natty
      Monday, August 9th, 2010
      Thank you so much. This is a really great idea for my girl friend wedding. I will surprise her.
    34. Tuesday, March 9th, 2010
      This is fabulous. Thanks so much for posting them! Do you know what the adjustments would be to make them mini cupcake wrappers?
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    37. Jaclyn
      Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
      Thank you! This is just what I was looking for... And, now that I've found your blog, I've bookmarked it...great ideas!
    38. Sunday, February 14th, 2010
    39. Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
      Thank you so much!
    40. Wednesday, October 28th, 2009
      Oh how fun! Thanks so much for this. I'll be linking.
    41. Tuesday, October 27th, 2009
      Super cute...super easy...winner with me!! Thank you!
    42. hsmema
      Saturday, October 24th, 2009
      Thank you, now just have to make the cupcakes.
    43. Friday, October 23rd, 2009
      OMG!! I love this!! And not just for halloween! It'll be awesome for Christmas too!!
    44. Pam
      Friday, October 23rd, 2009
      Thank you!! So fun!
    45. Sandy_in_MD
      Friday, October 23rd, 2009
      Thanks for the template!
    46. Friday, October 23rd, 2009
      Thanks for sharing and HAPPY HAUNTING!!
    47. Laura
      Friday, October 23rd, 2009
      Great Idea! I haven't tried that yet but you make it look so easy. Love your site!
    48. Kellie
      Friday, October 23rd, 2009
      Thank you so VERY much! Great instructions! :)
    49. Friday, October 23rd, 2009
      Okay I think I have the link fixed. Thanks for your patience!
    50. Rebecca
      Friday, October 23rd, 2009
      Just so you know, your link isn't working properly. I erased the first part of the url and it worked fine, but you might want to change it. Thanks for the great freebie!
    51. Friday, October 23rd, 2009
      The link to tdownload the template doesn't seem to be working?
    52. Koko
      Friday, October 23rd, 2009
      This is so cute. But I can't seem to get the template. I keep getting Error 404 - Not Found.
    53. Friday, October 23rd, 2009
      Wow! I did it! and with your istructions was so simple! I tried also with some paper that I bought before on the Internet and I was shocked how simplea dn easy it was!!!!!
      Thanks you very much for this tip! and for your template!