The Comfort of a Cupcake- A Thoughtful Gift

A few months ago, some of our close friends were going through a bit of a rough patch. One night, our family decided to bring them a thoughtful gift {some cupcakes!} just to let them know we were thinking of them. Here is the cute way we delivered them:

Here is how to do it:

  • Print out a note on your computer & mount it onto some heavy, decorative card stock that is folded in half.
  • Punch 5 holes on the top side of your note on both the left and right sides.Punch 2 holes in the center on the bottom.
  • Take ribbon, yarn or twine and cut it long enough to tie a bow and hang on a door knob.(You can trim it at the end if you have it too long.)
  • Start weaving your twine by taking one end down through the center/bottom hole and up through the lowest hole on the left side. Leave enough twine at the bottom of the card to tie a bow. Continue weaving the rest of the twine through all the holes onĀ  the left side.
  • When you get to the top, leave several inches loose and then take the end of the twine down through the top hole on the right side. Continue weaving until you get to the bottom/center hole and come up through it.
  • Tie a bow with both ends of your twine. Trim any excess.
  • Place 10 mini cupcakes in 2 rows inside a plastic freezer bag. Take your bag of cupcakes and slide the top of it inside the folded card. You can trim the top of your plastic bag if it is too longĀ  so that the card comes just above the cupcakes.
  • Staple the sides of your card making sure you are stapling the plastic bag to the card.
  • Hang on the door of your neighbors or friends!

(Originally published on Somewhat Simple November 2010)

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Wife, mom of 5, and creator of Somewhat Simple, Stephanie has a passion to create and inspire. She is an Orange County transplant who is now enjoying life in Phoenix, AZ. She enjoys traveling, shopping, organizing, cooking and creating simple projects for her home and family.
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  1. Such a great idea & so nice of you! Good karma right back at you for this one.

  2. Wow, that is the most thoughtful gift I have ever seen. I think I would just cry if I found those at my door, how sweet they are!

  3. What a cute presentation for those delicious looking cupcakes, but, more important, what a sweet sentiment for a family going traveling a rough road. Thanks for the wonderful idea.

  4. i like this so much!
    and it would work well with cookies, brownies, homemade candies.
    can even be anonomous, like May Day flowers.
    what a great Christmas idea too!

  5. What a beautiful way to do something really thoughtful. Way to go!

  6. Lolly Jane says:

    so cute. i hope your friends are okay, i hate when loved ones are going through hard times!!

  7. wow!i love it!I just bought a cupcake form in order to make cupcakes.I am still looking for a simple and delicious recipe for my first try to make them.I also bought the same multicolor truffle to use on the top of them.I would be thankful of you if you give me your cupcake recipe.They look so yummy!And the packing too!

  8. ok, how does the frosting not get all over the place?

  9. ceodraiocht says:

    Looks great AND I'm with Rhiannon – my first thought was did you use icing so the frosting didn't smoosh all over the bag? Did you pop them in hte freezer to get the icing hard? Inquiring minds need to know – do tell! If I tried this it would look like a smooshed blog on a doorknob :-)

  10. Steph @ somewhatsimple says:

    Valley, the "recipe" is actually just store bought Pillsbury mix.

    And for those wondering why they weren't all smooshed, the trick with the icing is to pop your icing (store bought or homemade) in the microwave for 10 or 15 seconds and then dip your cupcakes into it. Then add your sprinkles before it hardens so they stick. So easy!

  11. Restoration House says:

    That is such a sweet and thoughtful thing to do! Such a lovely sentiment.

  12. Happy Friday! I love this! I featured you today on my blog I would love for you to stop by and grab a button!


  13. Fawn Teresi says:

    This is adorable! what a great idea!

  14. super cute idea!

  15. Last Christmas Eve we made fresh cookies and wrote notes thanking the people in our neighborhood who had up beautiful holiday decorations. When it got dark we went around putting our decorated bags on people’s door handles. Our bags were nothing special with a bow, but perhaps this year we will use this as our template! It is so sweet. Presentation makes such a difference. Thanks for sharing with us!

    • I love this idea!!! I want to thank my neighbors for decorating their homes too!

      • Steph, it was a really great experience. The girls were very proud of their bags. We let them control whose house they thought was worthy of a gift bag. There is nothing more exciting to a child than being out on a winter’s night! The air was so crisp and invigorating. We actually did a ding dong ditch approach which made it all the more adventurous to the kids. {We are allowed to do WHAT?!?!} All and all it was a wonderful & fun activity. It was great to have the focus be about giving & appreciation rather than all about receiving.

  16. What a GREAT idea! I love getting ideas for new ways to encourage people. Thanks for sharing this!

  17. Great idea!

  18. Came across this via Pinterest. What a great, thoughtful and heartwarming gift. Love it!

  19. this is wonderful and so thoughtful! Thanks!

  20. LindsayO says:

    If you’re worried about frosting, you could always do this with mini muffins! You could put something on the tag like …
    Wishing you “muffin” but joy and happiness.
    There’s “muffin” better than a surprise breakfast treat!
    Etc etc :-)

  21. So cute Stephanie! I love it. I like to leave treats, but worry if they aren’t there that there will be ants in them! Great solution!

  22. Sad but in today’s world If the receiver doesn’t know whom this came from they probably won’t eat them.

  23. :-)

  24. Korrin Dickson says:

    this is such a cute idea? What font did you use for “thinking of you…”?