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Monday, June 1, 2009

Cupcake anyone?

Made these "sweeties" yesterday. Don't they look yummy? They may not be edible, but they do hold a special treat.... a gift card!! Super cute way to delivery a little gift for a birthday, shower, anniversary, a special thank you. I'm going to make a few as teacher thank you gifts.

The best part about cupcakes is sharing them.... Want to know how to make these? I'm gonna share the how-to! I like to have a materials list and directions. So I've created those here for you.

You will need:
  • chipboard large enough to cut a 6" circle
  • 3" Styrofoam ball
  • 2 strips of Patterned Paper cut 2"x12" (I used heavy printed cardstock)
  • Scoring tool
  • Foam Glue Dots
  • 1 strip Plain color cardstock cut 1"x12"
  • 2 colors 1/4" grosgrain ribbon
  • sewing needle and thread
  • at least 8 medium paper flowers of one color and 1 white paper flower
  • 1 strip White Cardstock cut 1"x12"
  • Wooden bead
  • Red paint
  • Glitter
  • Small Red Brad
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Small binder clip
  • Gift Card (credit card type)

  1. Mark the chipboard with a 6" circle (cut at this size too) and a 2" circle in the center of that. (see photo)
  2. Score the 2" circle
  3. Make several cuts from the outside of the 6" circle in to the edge of the 2" circle
  4. Fold the chipboard up along the scored 2" center circle.
  5. Place the Styrofoam ball in the center, hold with a rubber band. Hot glue the chipboard (not the ball).
  6. Score the 2 2x12" strips of patterned paper at 1/4" and accordion fold (see photo). Glue the ends of the 2 strips together and create a circle. Place around the chipboard base and hot glue the bottom and then the top in place.
  7. Remove the Styrofoam ball and cut in half (a serrated bread knife works well).
  8. Lay the gift card on the flat side of one of the halves to mark it's place. Put foam glue dots on the ball at the sides of the gift card to leave room for the card to slide in and out. Place the other ball half on top to glue together.
  9. Hot glue the ball into the cup base. Make sure that the gift card will remain straight up.
  10. Measure enough of the first grosgrain ribbon to go 4 times around the cupcake. Gather the ribbon using the needle and thread (see photo). Create a circle and hot glue to the cupcake using a toothpick or other tool to push it down slightly between the cupcake paper and the ball. Using your fingers is not a good idea as the hot glue will burn (believe me, I know!)
  11. Cut the 8 flowers in half. Hot glue 2 layers of the flowers to the ball.
  12. Take the 1x12" strip of plain cardstock (I used brown) and spray it with water. Once it is wet, accordion fold and crush it. Form it around the cupcake above the flowers and let it dry a bit before you hot glue it in place.
  13. Use the 2nd ribbon color to create another gathered circle as the next layer. Use the same technique with the needle and thread to gather it. Hot glue in place.
  14. Cut the white flower in half. Hot glue it to the very top of the ball lining up the edges with the opening for the gift card.
  15. Use care as you layer the top of the cupcake to not block the ability to slide the gift card in and out.
  16. Create the cherry by painting the wooden bead red. Glue a small brad into the top hole to cover it. Sprinkle with glitter.
  17. Hot glue the bead to the top of a small binder clip (with metal hinges up).
  18. Using the wet cardstock technique, create "whipped cream" using the 1x12" white cardstock strip. Hot glue to the binder clip to hide (most of) the metal hinges that are raised up around the bead.
  19. Slide the gift card into the bottom of the binder clip and place in the cupcake.
  20. Use a small paint brush to place glue on the cupcake and sprinkle with glitter (if desired).
  21. Place small (white) brads among the flower layers (if desired).

There is a great video if you like to learn by watching someone else. You can find it here. Thanks to Tresa Black (aka "The Stamp Goddess").


  1. This is awesome! Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. Love it!! I have an obsession with cupcakes so I am SO trying this!

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  4. Hi, I followed the same You Tube tutorial as you and made one of these cupcakes a few weeks ago.
    Yesterday on the Bubbly Funk Blog Sarah posted a link to your blog with the written instructions so I have updated my blog post to also link directly to your blog. Hope that is ok.
    The cupcakes are stunning - only problem is they are too pretty to give away LOL
    Thanks for sharing

  5. love love love this! IT's awesome!


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