Carnation Cupcake Centerpiece celebrates special times

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.

Easy centerpiece idea for Mother's Day, bridal showers, birthdays, etc.

Carnation Cupcakes by Diane Flowers.

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.

Easy centerpiece idea for Mother's Day, bridal showers, birthdays, etc.

“Frost” these in other colors of carnations, and change up the papers, too.

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With a cherry on top, this pencil holder looks good enough to eat!

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?

Happy crafting!


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8 Responses to Carnation Cupcake Centerpiece celebrates special times

  1. Katiria says:

    OMG these celebration cupcakes are such a great idea! I would do this for a teacher or coworker because its a cupcake but it won’t bring on the ants 😉
    We celebrate good news at home by baking a Betty Crocker cake LOL

    • Sharon says:

      You are so right — these would make lovely teachers’ gifts. Betty makes a great cake, and she’s welcome in my kitchen any time. Happy crafting & baking! Sharon

  2. Angie Dyer says:

    Cute ideas! Best part – no calories!

  3. We have red velvet cake or cupcakes to celebrate in our household. Even our 3 year old granddaughter goes crazy for it!!
    LOVE these adorable cupcakes! TFS!

  4. LisaM6 says:

    what great cupcakes. Each one is great!
    For some good news we make cheese cake. Yummy!

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks, Lisa. Who wouldn’t love a cupcake craft, right? Of course, the “real” thing would be pretty great, too. I hope there’s cheese cake in your very near future! Sharon

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