Friday, November 18, 2011

DIY Cupcake Ornaments

I saw these really cute ornaments online that were selling for $20 each. They looked like they were pretty easy to make, so I took a stab at it. 

My daughter helped me make them, which was quite interesting.

First you will need to get your supplies:

Styrofoam Balls - I bought a pack of 6 from Joann's Fabric
Glue Gun
Cupcake cups
Paint brush - optional

One you have all your supplies, I would suggest to lay out some newspaper. This may get a little messy. Well, with my little helper, things got pretty messy.

Take your ball, and glue the top half. I swirled the glue, then used the brush to spread it evenly all over the top half. 

Now, cover the glued half with your glitter. Shake off any excess. If you have any spots that are not covered, just dab a little glue and sprinkle on the glitter. 

Take your cup and glue the upper edge. Make sure to glue all the way around.

Take your ball and push it gently into the cup. You do not need to push it all the way down. gently push it as far as you would like. While holding the ball and pushing it down, I took some of the glitter off. Either you can let the ball dry before this step, or go back after and add more glitter and glue to the bald spots. As you can see, I have major bald spots where the ball meets the cup. No problem! I went back, added glue and more glitter to fix this problem. 

Next, you will need to add a dab of hot glue to the top center of your cupcake, and attach the bell. You will want the top of the ball facing up so you can attach your strin gto hang the ornament on the tree. 
Sorry, I didn't take a picture of this step.

Let it dry!!

Now tie your string or wire to the top of the bell and you are all done!! 

I have more colors of glitter to use, but I stopped at these two. It got a little too messy. My daughter was more interested in playing with the glitter that was in the plate than anything. She even somehow was able to get it into her mouth! She might have been a little too young to help with this one, so you may want to do this project with the older kids. :)

Happy ornament making!

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