Piping Bag for One Dollar

By : | 11 Comments | On : February 6, 2015 | Category : Crafts, Crafts & DIY

sunflower cupcakes

Piping bags – the fancy ones – can be rather pricey. I only make cupcakes for family & friends, so I don’t want to spend all kinds of money on a piping kit, but I love the look of using them – and it’s an excellent way to get more icing on your cupcake – which is the primary function of a cupcake in my humble opinion LOL.


I bought this one at the dollar store. It came with 7 tips and a pastry filling tip.
As you can imagine, it is awkward and difficult to work with, but the tips work just fine.

So, necessity being the mother of invention, (if you consider prettier cupcakes a necessity), I tossed the hard case in the back of a drawer and came up with a better version.

I cut a small part of the tip off a plastic bag and pushed the tip through from the inside of the bag to make a snug fit. I found a rubber washer that fit snugly around the tip, and voilĂ  – a durable piping bag!

It’s a lot easier to work with, and to wash afterward as well; and you can replace the bag easily if need be. If you have a handful of the rubber rings, you could do this to each tip and have all of them ready to go anytime.
No need to switch tips and wash bags mid-icing session, just grab the next one!

I made a quick batch of Butter Cupcakes & Butter Icing (I added 2 tbsps. of chopped frozen blueberries to the cupcake batter.) and tested it out…

It works! Yummy sunflower cupcakes!

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Comments (11)

  1. posted by Mai Tran on February 8, 2015

    Everything looks so yummy!

  2. posted by Lisa Coomer Queen on February 12, 2015

    Oh my! This looks so good! Thanks for sharing!

    • posted by admin on February 12, 2015

      Thanks! So easy to do too;)

  3. posted by krysprincess on February 12, 2015

    this looks good

  4. posted by Angelica on April 12, 2015

    I’ve never been able to make “using a plastic bag instead of a piping bag” work… I wonder if using a rubber washer would do the trip. Thanks for the tip! Also, those look delicious!

    • posted by YogurtHydro on July 24, 2015

      I somehow missed your comment, sorry for the late reply. Thanks! I could never make them work properly without that washer either. I hope it works for you.:)

  5. posted by cherioggy on May 9, 2015

    Wow really terrific idea! I am going to try it.

    • posted by YogurtHydro on May 9, 2015

      Works great; I have all my favorite tips set up this way now.:)

  6. posted by Alina Conn on July 8, 2015

    My favorite…CUPCAKES! I love your idea about putting that itty bitty tube int he back of the baking drawer and coming up with the fabulous idea of a larger bag. I’m going to have to try that out.

    • posted by YogurtHydro on July 24, 2015

      I can’t see how that plastic tube thingy would ever possibly work properly lol.

  7. posted by jennifer peters on February 25, 2016

    What a great idea. I have never bought a piping tool since they are so expensive. But I love baking so I am going to try this


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