Rainbow cupcakes

You know the song “Over the Rainbow” by Harry Nilsson? It’s one of my most favorite songs. That along with “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles. Clearly I’m a fair-weather girl. And always looking to the future? Maybe I should delve into the deeper meaning of this…but, back to the song. Guys, it is a classic. The melody, the lyrics–“Where troubles melt like lemon drops”?! It’s so sweet! Which inspired us to create an even sweeter (pun intended) application of rainbows! These rainbow cupcakes are so simple to create and look absolutely adorable! With St. Patrick’s Day coming right up, these are the perfect treat to celebrate. Or maybe you know someone who is feeling a little blue and could use a pick me up. These rainbow cupcakes are a surefire way to melt their troubles like lemon drops. So listen to a little Harry Nilsson, make a batch of rainbow cupcakes, and ride a unicorn! Okay, forget the unicorn, let’s just spread some cheer!

Directions after the jump!

Rainbow cupcakes

Rainbow Cupcakes how-to


  • Crepe paper in 4 shades, we used red, hot pink, yellow and violet
  • 18 Gauge cloth covered floral wire stems. Any wire would do
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue


  1. For each rainbow, cut strips of wire into 4 pieces at the following lengths: 6″, 5″, 4 1/4″, 3 1/2″
  2. Cut 1/4″ strips of crepe paper, cutting perpendicular to the grain of the crepe, so you can then stretch the strips out flat
  3. Dab a dot of hot glue onto one end of the wire to stick the crepe paper to it.
  4. Wrap the paper around the wire until the length of the wire is covered
  5. Tear off excess crepe paper and secure end with hot glue. *you can also cover your pieces of wire first, and then cut them into the appropriate lengths.*
  6. Once all your wire pieces are covered, bend them into arches to create the rainbow shape.
  7. Stick rainbows into frosted cupcakes. We’d recommend white frosting, as it looks like little clouds!

Rainbow cupcakes

Photography by Anna Killian | Crafting by Rebecca Young