DIY Project: Cupcake Flags

Maybe you haven’t heard, but cupcakes are the new black.

You must be living under a rock if you haven’t experienced the cupcake fad explosion over the last few years. There are now whole stores devotes to selling cupcakes (Read about some tasty cupcakes I got for my birthday here) and The Food Network even has a new show, Cupcake Wars, devoted to the trend.

However, it’s “trend” status is morphing into “tried and true staple”. Many have questioned when the cupcake fad would end, but lately I’ve been reading how many event and catering specialists are now thinking it is here to stay. (Which I am personally quite glad to hear.)

Brides have been trading in the classic tiered wedding cake for trays of cupcakes in all colors and flavors. One wedding I went to this summer even had a “Cupcake Bar” (E – they were delicious by the way!).

Then the cupcake flag was birthed. See this beautiful example from (Hostess with the Mostess) below.

How did this begin? Perhaps hostesses wanted to combat the informality of the cupcake? Perhaps brides who had foregone the traditional “cake topper” wanted something special?

Just like “how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop,” the world may never know.

Martha Stewart has downloadable templates for these flags, which are fine and dandy if you find one that works for you. But, what if you want your name on it? Certain colors? A theme? You might get some strange looks if the cupcakes at Cindy’s baby shower have wedding rings on them.

What’s a gal to do? Custom flags of course!

Many vendors on Etsy can create custom beautiful flags for you. BUT, I would recommend trying to make your own.

I made my own flags for our wedding. Moose wasn’t feeling the cupcake suggestion, so we ended up serving cheesecake. But visions of wedding cupcake flags had already infiltrated my crazy bride brain, so I invented…. cheesecake flags!

The best part about making your own is that you can have as many different kinds as you want. An Etsy vendor will likely charge you per design. With color and text variations, I had about  27 different kinds of flags. (Overkill? Yeah. I know.)

The other, and probably more enticing, reason to make your own is the fact they they are very inexpensive!

I made 150 of these flags. Can you guess how much I spent?

Toothpicks = $3
Hot Glue = $3
Printing Costs = $5 (This is if you go to Staples and not print them yourself.)


I was able to fit 27 flags on a sheet by flipping half of the triangles around to create square shapes.

I used Adobe Illustrator. If you don’t have that you could probably use Microsoft PowerPoint or Publisher (it’s just triangles people! There are also lots of nice rectangle flags, like the one I posted above if triangles scare you.)

After that, I cut them out and hot glued a toothpick to the back. Bada boom. Three episodes of Smallville later, I had 150 cupcake (er, cheesecake) flags ready to go.

No one noticed that the back was blank. (*Seriously, wedding guests. Did you notice?) Heck, I wouldn’t have noticed. After I pulled that puppy out I would be eating that dessert with glee.

I hope this helps you make your cupcake involved event a little more celebratory and a little less expensive.

Cheers : )

Pssst… Images from (Hostess with the Mostess), and (

10 thoughts on “DIY Project: Cupcake Flags

  1. You, my dear, are a genius bride!!!

    I am definitely a cupcake lover and love trying new recipes to occupy my severe dairy (cow’s milk) allergy. One of my favorite recipes is super simple: spruce-up a boxed white cake mix by using fresh orange juice instead of water, add orange zest, then top with cream cheese frosting (Duncan Hines brand is milk-free) and garnish with a mandarin section. Dee-lish!!!!! I made these for a bridal shower and they were a huge hit. Of course, they could have been better if I had made the flags. Next time!!!!

    🙂 Nicole

  2. I love cupcakes! In fact, I think they are better than regular cake…must have something to do with the extra icing. 🙂 Aside from that, there is something so whimsical and happy about them. I truly hope that they ARE a trend that is here to stay!

  3. The back was blank?!?? Hahaha I didn’t notice at all. Before your wedding, I wasn’t familiar with the pastry-flag idea – and I have to say, I loved it. I love the flexibility and creativity that cupcakes allow – you can have different cakes, different colors, decorations, frostings… so many options.

  4. Man you must be psychic, I have just come home from a day shopping in the city, (us Australians are very excited we have a Gap store here now), and I found a whole shop dedicated just to the most glorious little cupcake morsels ever! Of course I had to get three! I am about to have a small dinner so I can get to my cupcake dessert!

  5. I recently got married (last January) and we had cupcakes instead of a wedding cake. It was a huge hit and was way cheaper than buying a wedding cake.

  6. Whoa, yum!! Sounds tasty to me! I think that is why I like cupcakes better than cake. They seem to come in so many more fun flavors, and you can try little bits of each one!

  7. Wow, I’m late in the game, but I just found your blog and love the ideas you are sharing… You are right, printing little flags can be so easy!

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