Monday, December 22, 2008

It's beginning to look a lot like cupcakes...

Every year I try to make a new set of handmade ornaments and this year I knew I couldn't let the season slip by without attempting to make a cupcake look alike. I think they turned out pretty good. What do you think? They look perfect on my candy themed tree and Sydney had a great time helping me and hanging them. I also gave a few away as gifts to a few friends who I knew would appreciate a little cupcake in their holidays. I think I'll try to make some more next year in different colors. I thought they would be so sweet given away as a set of 6 in a little truffle box.

Here's what I did in case you'd like to make some for yourself.

Ingredients (supplies)

12 1 1/4 diameter styrofoam balls
1 packet of silver or gold bon bon liners
hot glue (lots and lots of hot glue)
1 tube of white latex caulking
caulking gun
sparkles in your choice of colors
plastic pony beads in matching colors to sparkles
ribbon, coil or fishing line to thread and hang ornament

1. First cut the styrofoam balls in half so you have 25 semi-spheres.

2. Heat up glue gun.

3. Fill bottom of foil bon bon wrapper with hot glue and press one of them semi-spheres down into it. Set asid and allow to cool and harden.

4. Using the caulking gun, pipe latex caulking onto styrofoam bon bons. In order to get it to "pipe" nicely, make sure you cut a fairly large hole for the caulking and cut it at more than a 45 degree angle.

5. Immediately decorate with glitter (or your 'sprinkles')

6. Top with a pony bead. VERY gently press the pony bead into the caulking, do not press too hard or it will sink. Also, make sure to place the bead so the holes of the bead are running sideways so you will be able to thread hanging wire through it.

7. Warm oven to 175 degrees. Place ornaments in oven and let them "bake" for about 2 to 3 hours. Let them cool, thread your hanging line or ribbon and your are set!

I chose to do traditional Christmas red and green, but you could do any color combo here. Wouldn't pink and silver glitter with pink beads look cute? I was afraid they wouldn't look realistic enough, but my fears have been eliminated since I just received a call from a dear friend informing me their three year old attempted to take a bite! Enjoy!


Amylouwho said...

Those are absolutely adorable. I want to make some! I like the idea of putting them in a truffle box.

Anna said...

Those are the cutest things ever! And so clever! Love it!

Debbie said...

OK those are stinkin cute!!! I want to take a bite of one! Put those on etsy!!!

y0hmama said...

they are ADORABLE!!! Summer says, "ummm... nummy" while licking her lips :)

Double B - Why a Heart? said...

You amaze me woman! Those look so real, I opened the blog expecting them to be your Christmas cupcake (yes hoping I was coming to eat them)and the nope... I think I might become a little artsy when I go home and make those.

Abi said...

SO stinkin cute!! Brilliant idea!

Rhonda L. Thomas said...

Those are saaa-WEET!!! Nicely done, cous!!!! :-DDD

Sara Walker said...

I love mine!!!

joanna said...

I love mine also!

allyn said...

where is the tree?! i want to see them floating in mid air. very fun idea.