Monday, November 29, 2010

Teeny Tiny Cupcakes

In our Thanksgiving travels, I noticed two young girls at one of the hotels where we stayed. They were very well behaved and were quite fascinated with one of my daughters who shall remain nameless since she was very not well behaved. The whole time they watched her antics, I was trying to figure out a tiny little craft that they were each clutching. I finally just asked their Dad about it. Like many dads, he rolled his eyes and told me it was a little plant craft and that they were always making something. I just smiled and told him thanks without feeling the need to take a position on the attitude about crafts. My little wheels were already spinning!

Those tiny plants sparked this idea for me: tiny little cupcakes! Cupcakes 13

I know there are all kinds of craft cupcakes out in Blogland, but this is one I have never seen. I am kind of fascinated by miniature things in general, so this was a fun craft to make. The best part is that it is really solid. Don’t let the easiness in creating it or the simple materials fool you – this one is sturdy!

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tiny red pom poms
chenille sticks
scraps of cardstock for wrappers
pattern HERE
1 inch wooden beads
double-sided clear tape
hot glue gun/glue
X-acto knife

Trace patterns onto wrong side of cardstock. Cut out. Fold the cupcake wrapper around in a circle and tape together with a small piece of double-sided tape.
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Using hot glue, glue the circle to the bottom of the bead right over the hole.Cupcakes 2
Fill the opening between the circle and the bead with hot glue allowing a tiny bit to cover the edge of the paper. Quickly push the bead through the cupcake wrapper--top to bottom--so the circle part pops out through the bottom. Squeeze the bottom edges together.
I noticed in my pictures, that some of the circle edges are sticking out. These can easily be cut with an X-acto knife on a cutting board.
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Make a loop on one end of the chenille stick that is slightly larger than the top of the cupcake wrapper.
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Wrap the chenille stick around in progressively smaller circles. There is no need to be precise because next you need to unwrap it, or loosen the circles.
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Put a generous amount of hot glue in the empty space between the bead and the cupcake wrapper. Be sure to put glue around the entire top edge. Glue the loop of the chenille stick onto the top edge and hold in place until dry. I switched to a high temp glue to hurry this part along.
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Continue wrapping and gluing the chenille stick in circles that are smaller and smaller until you have a tiny center hole. Poke the end of the chenille stick into the center to fill this space.
I made 3 cupcakes and the “frosting” for all of them turned out different. The chenille stick was perfect for one, I cut about 2 inches on one and I had to add a stick (just twist together) and then trim the excess on the other. It really doesn’t matter!
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Glue a tiny pom pom cherry on the top and you are done.
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Now, make some more and. . .
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Get your party started!
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For reasons I cannot explain, my daughter would not have a tiny cupcake party with me and refused to let me touch her little dishes. I had to get creative to get these pictures so this is all I have, but I really wanted to make a tiny cupcake stand out of her little dishes. Wouldn’t that be adorable?
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And, I think this would be a darling little Christmas present. You could place the cupcakes in a truffle box. Something like this: (improvising with a jewelry box!)
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I need a picture of my daughter holding one so you can see the size compared to a little hand.
Here it is sitting near a regular spoon.
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Just go make some tiny cupcakes for yourself!
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Update on that tea party…she wouldn’t have one with me, but she had one with DADDY! Little stinker!
And, you can get a better idea of how tiny this little cupcake really is.
Cupcakes Update 1Cupcakes Update 2
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Unknown,  said... November 29, 2010 at 7:52 AM  

Oh my gosh! These are too stinkin adorable! I LOVE them! THanks sooo much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!

Beth Adams,  said... November 29, 2010 at 8:42 AM  

Wickedly sweet! Love em. Usually I see your new stuff on my dashboard since I am a follower but I found this on AmieAnn's Pink Hippo Party.

alison,  said... November 29, 2010 at 12:04 PM  

I adore these cupcakes! I made my first felt food yesterday--strawberries ;) Maybe I will add these to my list!

alison @ Adventures at Home

Big D and Me,  said... November 30, 2010 at 2:15 PM  

That is an adorable idea. I have to admit that with having 2 boys first, girl craft ideas don't always come naturally - I'll have to work on that.

Anonymous,  said... December 3, 2010 at 11:57 AM  

I'm your newest happy follower.

Ashlee Marie,  said... December 6, 2010 at 3:20 AM  

what little girl wouldn't love these. Very fun. Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

Nancy,  said... December 6, 2010 at 9:17 AM  

These are sooo cute!!! My daughter will love these. Perfect for her little Tea Set!

Anonymous,  said... March 19, 2014 at 7:54 PM  

Love it love it love it. I made two these days and they are simply adorable. Another idea: give your cupcakes names according to flavor and even make your own menu and tray. I also made pipe cleaner roses as ornaments on their table :D

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