A patty cake is pretty much another word for a cupcake. Patty cake wrappers are those cupcake papers that you can buy from the baking section of the shops. This patty cake garden is a gorgeous simple craft that will keep the kids busy for hours.

We have always got patty cake (cupcake) wrappers in our kitchen. The kids love the paper ones in different colours and patterns. You can buy a whole variety of patty cake wrappers from the shops – there are silver and gold foil ones or polka-dotty paper ones.

There are so many things you can do with patty cake wrappers. You can obviously use them to make cupcakes – which always goes down a treat in our home.

But I always keep a collection of patty cake wrappers in our craft cupboard so we can easily haul them out for some fun creation. You really don’t need much at all for this patty cake garden and it won’t require that much help from an adult. It’s a perfect rainy day or school holiday craft activity.

What’s In Our Patty Cake Garden

My kids love making fields of flowers in their patty cake garden. They then make butterflies and bees using coloured paper and place them all over the garden.

They also use yellow patty cake wrappers to make a shining sun or golden sunflowers.

They love taking out their coloured textas and adding ladybugs, grass, trees and the sky to their garden.

They’ll sometimes take their small dolls into their patty garden and pretend they’re having a picnic.

Sometimes when my kids are in a more destructive mood, they’ll make their patty cake flowers and then grab their toy dinosaurs and pretend they’re stomping all over the flowers. So much fun!

We’d love to hear about what your kids love adding to their patty cake garden. Tell us in the comments below.



  • 1 Packet patty cake or Cupcake Wrappers
  • 1 - 4 Sheets Coloured Paper or Magazine Cut outs
  • 1 Glue
  • 1 Markers
  • 1 Base paper for background


  1. Turn some patty cake wrappers around. Cut some magazine or coloured paper into strips for the stems.
  2. Go wild and make a collage garden by glueing the patty cake cases as flowers. Use strips of paper as stems. Any other shapes you can make as well.

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  • So cute and so much fun


  • Too cute, my little ones love craft.


  • So many nice things you can do with patty cake cases !


  • Such a fun way to get kids to be creative


  • Yet another school project done by my kids. I once made a bouquet of ‘flowers’ with patty pans and chocolates. Wasn’t very successful but it’s the thought that counts right???


  • That looks so gorgeous, thanks for sharing.


  • This is a great idea


  • Very cool. We always have a mix of patty cake papers in the house.


  • My son loves doing these, they do them at child care and he proudly gives them to me and they are displayed on the family room wall


  • Thanks for sharing ! So much nice things we can do with patty cakes :)


  • In my olden days, that’s what my children did and made – thanks for reminding me – guess what will be happening when next my grandchildren visit – turn off the device and make something using these. I will love to see what happens.
    Thanks for sharing


  • Looks like fun and creative activity for kids, I like the yellow one for a daisy flower.


  • Fun! I like this idea!


  • A good idea from back when we were kids


  • So cute. I just love creating things from bits and pieces around the house. Thanks for sharing


  • You could even make bees out of patty cakes for the picture


  • Good project for them to give Dad for Fathers Day.

    • That is a great idea to make a card out of it


  • What a lovely project. Thank you


  • So cute


  • This is such a great activity for children’s imaginations.


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