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Quick and Colorful Cupcake Picks

Learn how to turn some candy rock sticks and scraps of paper into the perfect flag decorations for your 4th of July cupcakes!
Author: Beth Kingston


  • package of rock candy sticks I found them in the baking/candy section at Michaels
  • patterned paper – I used the My Minds Eye Happy Camper collection but you could use scraps!
  • washi tape – any color
  • Plaid paint – assorted colors
  • foam brushes
  • Cricut Explore Air
  • Cricut Scoring Tool
  • Xyron Creative Station Lite with 5″ Permanent Adhesive refill


  • Wrap each pick with a small piece of washi tape. This is not absolutely necessary (because you will be covering the area with your paper flag), but it sure does make the picks look nicer when you are done!
  • Paint the ball on the top of each pick and set aside to dry. I just set mine inside the lip of a box. You may need to do a second coat – but these dry in less than 10 minutes so by the time you finish the last pick you can start the second coat on the first pick! When dry – remove washi tape from each pick.
  • Cut your paper flags. I cut mine using a paper flag image from the Bridal Shower cartridge in Cricut Design Space. I loved the shape of it AND I used the Scoring Tool in the Explore so I didn’t have to worry about manually folding each flag in half.
  • Run the flags pattern side UP through the Creative Station Lite (I used the 5″ permanent adhesive refill). Remove clear film.
  • Peel flag from backing and lay pick (right below ball) in the center of the sticky side of the flag.
  • Fold flag in half and press to adhere. TIP: I like to line up the edges of the flag and then press the flag together to adhere.