This past week at Craft Days, the kids made mini cupcakes. I was really happy with how these turned out.
These mini cupcakes were a lot of fun to make! The yarn did require some patience for younger children, but I think age-appropriate challenges, along with encouragement, build confidence.
For this adorable craft, I provided the following supplies:
- Styrofoam balls, pre-painted chocolate brown or yellow* (1.4″ size)
- Mini cupcake liners
- Craft glue (a glue gun might come in handy, too)
- Paper straws
- Embellishments, such as tube confetti, mini foam beads, mini pom poms, etc.
*I decided to pre-paint the Styrofoam balls chocolate-brown and yellow so they would resemble actual cupcakes. I used a sponge brush, applied the paint thickly, and allowed the balls to dry overnight.
The girls started by wounding yarn around their cupcake ball, beginning at a half-way point, and adding drops of glue as needed. Once the yarn was complete, we put some glue on the inside-bottom of a cupcake liner and set the cupcake in, applying gentle pressure for a few seconds. Once that was accomplished, the girls used clear glue to add “sprinkles” or “cherries”, etc.
Cut paper straws made delightful candles. The girls added “flames” by cutting up yellow feathers or punching little stars out of yellow construction paper. Or cutting a flame shape out of construction paper.
Of course, if you are going to make craft cupcakes, why not also enjoy some edible cupcakes? The girls enjoyed frosting their own cupcakes for their snack.
For the three and four-year olds, I had them make cupcake cards instead. I cut cupcake liners and cupcake “tops” out of craft foam. The girls colored on the foam, glued the pieces together onto folded construction paper, and decorated them with fun embellishments.
My craft days are helping me return to normalcy after a difficult two months of taking care of my absentee father who recently passed away from cancer. We bury his ashes tomorrow (Monday) and since his wife can’t be here, and I am his oldest child, it was decided that I will receive the folded flag in his honor. Which I think I’ll send to his wife who is in the Philippines. My sister is putting a package together for her and it will include a personal urn with some of my father’s ashes.
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