Oftentimes, when we have good news to celebrate, I head to the cupcake store for a special treat. Cupcakes make it festive, and these adorable, Carnation Cupcakes kick it up a notch, too. If you need a special occasion centerpiece for Mother’s Day, a birthday, a bridal shower, or any other celebration, DIY this quick & easy Cupcake Centerpiece.
To make a Carnation Cupcake, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- Large cupcake: 4” ball and 9” cone
- Small cupcake: 3” ball and 6” cone
- Silk carnations in white or other color, about 20 for both, depending on size
- Wrapping paper, heavier weight
- Curling ribbon
- Wire, 20-gauge
- Adhesive dots
- Low-temp glue gun
- Optional: Candle & candle cup
- Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; ruler; floral shears; wire cutters
To make a Carnation Cupcake:
1. Wax the serrated knife with an old candle or bar of soap for easier cutting. Cut the foam shapes as follows:
- 9” cone: Measure 5-1/2” up from the base, and cut the top from the cone. You should have a 5-1/2” cone with a flat top.
- 6” cone: Measure 4” up from the base, and cut the top from the cone. You should have a 4” cone with a flat top.
- 4” & 3” balls: Cut in half.
2. Turn over the cones, so they stand on the narrow end. Glue the 4” half ball to the wide end of the 5-1/2” cone. Glue the 3” half ball to the wide end of the 4” cone.
3. Trim the carnation stems to approximately 2” and insert them into the half balls, “frosting” the cupcakes. STYROFOAM Brand Foam has an excellent grip and should hold the stems in place. If you prefer, you can add a dab of glue to the stems.
4. Bend a 6” length of wire at one end, creating a place card holder. Insert into the smaller cupcake.
5. Optional: To add a candle, insert and glue a candle cup to the top of the large cupcake. Insert the candle into the holder.
6. Cut and curl ribbon streamers, and glue to the half balls between the carnations.
7. Create the cupcake holders from wrapping paper:
- Large cupcake: Fanfold in 1” increments a 24” x 5” length of wrapping paper.
- Small cupcake: Fanfold in 1” increments a 22” x 3-1/2” length of wrapping paper.
8. Using adhesive dots, glue together the ends of the folded paper strips, creating a free-standing tube. Insert the “cupcakes” into each tube. Arrange the paper “cupcake holder” around each cupcake, using glue dots or a dab of low temp glue as needed to help hold it in place.
If you’d like a few more, mouthwatering cupcake crafts, take a look at these yummy ideas.
Yesterday, we broke with tradition and celebrated happy news with a slice of sour cherry pie instead of cupcakes. How do you celebrate good news in your family? Do you have a go-to treat to herald good news and special days?