It’s been way too hot in the kitchen for any baking, so we’ve cooked up a no-sweat cupcake craft and a sweet giveaway. Our ingredients: ribbon, sequins, straight pins, and STYROFOAM Brand Foam. The giveaway: the fun and beautiful, no-cook book of faux pastries and other yummy designs – A Notion to Celebrate by Melissa Bickle.
Last week, I attended the CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) trade show, where craft companies show off what’s new. As I walked the aisles, admiring the beautiful papers, ribbons, paints, buttons and glittery supplies of all kinds, I had to stop at the mouthwatering display made by Melissa Bickle, inventor of the Ribbon Ring, a fabulous way to organize and store your ribbons.
You see, Melissa turns the most basic of craft materials into irresistible faux cakes, cupcakes, donuts, truffles, and other confections. In fact, after viewing her display several years ago, publisher Leisure Arts asked Melissa to author a book with her sweet creations. Today, we’re giving away a copy of her book A Notion to Celebrate.
The full-color, 56-page book is packed with 90 projects, and you’ll find step-by-step instructions and photos for beautiful cupcakes, layer cakes and a box of bonbons. There are even more goodies for holiday and seasonal decorating, like a sherbet button bouquet; chocolate truffle wreath; pumpkins, ghosts and bats; Thanksgiving cornucopia; holiday gingerbread house and topiaries; and more.
Here’s a small taste of what’s in the book – the Chocolate Curl Cupcake. Pile these on a cake stand for a luscious centerpiece, use them as party favors or gifts, or add a ribbon loop and hang them on your Christmas tree. The technique is easy, the results are beautiful, and you never have to turn on the oven.
Here’s what you need to make a Chocolate Curl Cupcake:
- STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 3” ball
- 4-3/4 yds 3/8” pink ribbon
- 3-1/4 yds 3/8” black ribbon
- Straight pins: 100 white and 55 black
- 15 – 20 silver, 8 mm sequins
- Felt, scrap of white
- Resin cupcake holder
- Thick white craft glue
- Tools: scissors
To make a Chocolate Curl Cupcake:
1. Cut ribbons to 2-1/2” lengths.
2. Cover the bottom quarter of the ball with white felt, secure with white pins.
3. Roll ribbon lengths into loops, forming a “curl.” Pin to foam ball, securing pink curls with white pins and black curls with black pins.
4. Use white pins to secure silver sequins in the center of several curls.
5. Display in the cupcake holder.
We have a few other crafty recipes for cupcakes on www.styrofoamcrafts.com . Click on the photos below for the project instructions.
A Notion to Celebrate is a fun book with projects that make every day a special celebration. To win a copy, post a photo of your latest craft on our Facebook page, or, post a comment below and tell us about the crafts you’re cookin’ up this summer. We’ll announce the winner next Tuesday, August 2 (yikes, August!).
And if you don’t win, here’s where you can buy the book A Notion to Celebrate. (And Melissa tells us that she has another book in the works, this one all about cakes. Stay tuned!)