Cupcake Liner Tealight Floaters

Being the perfect entertainer requires a lot of work and creativity. Not to mention running around from store to store, searching for just the right coordinating accessories. It can become daunting at times.

Don’t bother wasting your time and money. The key is to double dip. Use the cupcake liners from your dessert table to also create matching party adornments. All you need are some tea lights, water, and a spray.


-          Cupcake liners

-          Tea lights

-          A bowl or casserole dish to hold water

-          Polycrylic protective finish

Cupcake liners and tealights are available at arts and craft or party supply stores.

The protective finish can be found in any home improvement store, such as Home Depot.

The spray you need is polycrylic protective finish. It is a water-based clear gloss. It comes in spray or you can paint it on. It is usually used to spray woods and other materials. When it dries, it is nonflammable and water resistant. I discovered that it can coat the paper of the cupcake liners and prevent it from sinking in water.

Take note I selected this spray because it dries nonflammable and water resistant.

Key word is resistant. It protects the liners for hours, however, they won’t last forever. When I tested them in the water they absorbed a little water after a couple of hours but still floated. They were still floating into the night.

Begin by placing cupcake liner upside down on newspaper. Shake your can for two minutes and spray about 6 inches away from cupcake liner. Anytime you stop to re-spray, shake for another 10 seconds.

Cover with a thin layer, as you do not want drippage.

Once it is dry (about 30 minutes), turn over and spray inside. You can flip over immediately and spray outside again, leaving it upside down as before.

Every 30 minutes or so, you want to lightly spray a new coat. I believe I sprayed it with about 7-9 layers.

I suspect if you spray more layers that they will last even longer in the water. Just be aware not to go overboard as the spray could make them too heavy to float. This would probably require an inordinate amount of spray, though.

Allow at least 30 minutes in between each layer to dry. Once you have completed your layers of spray, allow to dry for at least 24 hours.

The best temperature for them to sit until they dry is 70 degrees. The liners may take longer if sitting in a different temperature.

Some liners can drip a loose a little color through the spraying process so the brighter the better. Just keep your coats light and thin to prevent color from dripping off.

Also, some liners lose their shape depending on the type. This is why I let them sit upside down. Feel free to crinkle or squeeze the liners back into shape if necessary.

Place tea lights inside of liners and light.

Pretty, aren’t they?

The best part is you can select the style and color to suit your needs. So much better than running around town or spending hours online looking for what you need.

Contributed by Jasmin Fine,