These are the cutest little mini cupcake ornaments that you will ever find and let me tell you… they are pretty easy to make!
(not included in the picture is elastic sparkly silver thread I got from Michaels)
As you can see, these are some pretty basic items that you most likely have around the home. The mini cupcake liners I got from Williams Sonoma about a year ago and they were only $1.25 for a pack of 75 or so.
1. Start by plugging in your hot glue gun and get your mini cupcake liners and pennies. I use pennies because they weigh down the cupcakes. You can use any thing that’s small that has some sort of weight. If you don’t, the paint will end up making the cupcake top heavy and it won’t hang or sit right.
2. Once the gun is heated up, put some glue on the penny (I do my pennies heads up for good luck 🙂 you never know!) and then place it on the inside of the liner and push down to flatten it.
COTTON BALLS! Side story on the cotton balls: I have a friend that is absolutely terrified of cotton balls. One day in high school she confessed her fear and somehow a cotton ball just appeared out of nowhere in her purse which brought on the most bizarre panic attack. I will never look at cotton balls the same way, I can’t make this stuff up people.
3. This part gets a little tricky. I use the Jumbo Plus cotton ball size. The bigger the better right? They almost look like hay bales. The easiest way to get the swirl effect is putting it on its side, on your finger like this:
At first it’ll just sit flat, but gently start pushing the top center down and move towards the outer edges of the cotton ball. The cotton ball starts to separate a little and you can start to see the swirls.
4. To get more of a clean cut I use scissors to “trim” the swirls. I like to start at the bottom and work my way up around the swirl. Think of it as taking a lawn mower up around a swirly hill. That’s the best I can describe it. Keep in mind not to cut too much because once you begin painting, it’ll get flattened a little. It should look like this:
I squeeze some glue out on the sides of the liners since there is a huge hole in the center of the cotton ball where our finger once was. I pinch together the bottom of the cotton ball and squish it into the liner carefully. Make sure you don’t squish out your swirl!
6. Finally time to paint! This part surprisingly takes the longest.
- First pick a brush that is thin and firm to get into the ridges and help shape the swirl.
- I first begin by painting inside the swirl like this:
- Once the swirl has it’s outline, I started paint the sides and tops like this:
- The bottom gets tricky. I used a bigger brush to save time but then switched to the small thin one to get in the sides so you can’t see the cotton ball next to the liner.
- There may be a few spots that are missing, but don’t worry! I let mine dry first and then came back to fill in the spots. This helps because if you put too much paint on it right away the cotton ball will soak it up and it will shrivel more than you’d want it to.
***You can add real sprinkles if you want or even glitter! I kept mine a bit simple just for this tutorial***
7. Here comes the final step! Grab a decent sized needle that will fit your sparkly elastic thread. I pinched the top of the cupcake gently and poked a hole first with the needle. Then threaded the silvery string through. Cut the thread, knot it, flatten out the top of the cupcake again and VOILA! You’ve got a Mini Lucky Cupcake Ornament!
** if you somehow rip the paint open, don’t worry, just apply some more paint!**
I hope you enjoy this tutorial! It’s fairly easy, a little time consuming, but could be a great gift to family and friends! If you don’t have the time to make them, check out my Etsy shop in the next few days and I’ll have a few posted that you can buy! http://www.etsy.com/shop/sarucas.
I’d love some feedback and to see your work if you try this tutorial! Its one of my firsts so I’m open for some good ol’ criticism.