Another sweet, DIY ornament today! A few readers told me they love the look of needle felting, but they’re afraid to try it. This DIY, Needle-Felted Cupcake Ornament is the perfect place to start. The “frosting” is felted right onto the top of the cupcake, and you don’t have to shape the fibers into a complex figure. Still not sure you want to try it? Then check out the Cute-as-can-be Cupcake Ornament I shared on Tuesday. Read on for a mini round-up of more than a dozen cupcake crafts – all calorie free!
To make a Needle-Felted Cupcake Ornament, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2-1/2” ball and 5” cone
- Wool roving, ¼ oz., in natural
- Felt balls in assorted colors, 1 cm.
- Ribbed sock, adult size, in pink (or other color of your choice)
- Ricrac in pink and light green
- Pink ball trim
- Felt, small scrap
- Needle & thread (to match sock)
- Fabric adhesive
- Thick, white craft glue
- Optional: Angelina Fibers
- Tools needed: Scissors; tape measure; marker; felting needle*; round toothpicks; straight pins; waxed dental floss OR serrated knife and a bar of soap or old candle.
*Note: Needle felting needles are extremely sharp and should be used with caution. Do not let children use the felting needles.
To make a Needle-Felted Cupcake Ornament:
1. Measure 2” up from the wide end of the cone, and mark a cutting line all around the cone. Slice through the cone with dental floss or a serrated knife (wax the knife blade with a bar of soap or old candle for smoother cutting). The 2” base will serve as the base of the cupcake.
2. Cut the 2-1/2” ball in half.
3. Insert the 2” cone base into the sock, narrow end first, till the wide end of the cone is about ¼” below the top of the sock. Cut away the bottom of the pink sock, leaving about 1” of extra fabric. Stitch a gathering stitch around the cut edge, pull thread, and knot off. Be sure you still have ¼” extra sock at the top.
4. Squeeze glue onto several toothpicks, and insert into the flat side of a half ball. Pick and glue the half ball onto the wide end of the cone, making sure to tuck the edge of the sock under the ball.
5. Place a small amount of wool roving on the half ball, and insert the felting needle through the roving and into the STYROFOAM Brand Foam. This will automatically “lock” the fibers onto the foam ball. Repeat, till the fibers are firmly attached. Continue felting roving onto the ball, until the ball is covered.
6. Trim the cupcake with ricrac and pink ball trim.
7. Trace the cupcake bottom onto felt. Cut out the circle and glue to the bottom of the cupcake.
8. Glue felt balls to the top of the cupcake.
9. Glue together ends of a 6” length of ricrac, and glue loop to the top of the cupcake for a hanger.
10. Optional: For extra sparkle, place small wisps of Angelina Fibers on the top of the cupcake.
Cute, right? While this Felted Cupcake Ornament is easy enough, kids shouldn’t work with a felting needle – they’re super sharp! If little hands in your house are eager to make their own cupcake ornament, suggest they make a Pompom Cupcake Ornament instead. Who doesn’t love a pompom topped cupcake?
If your crafty sweet tooth is still not satisfied, maybe one of these 20+ cupcake crafts will do the trick!
Why so many cupcake crafts this year? We celebrated the 75th birthday of STYROFOAM Brand Foam this year. You might remember this 1946 cover from Plastics magazine, which I shared earlier this year. I love that one of the first creative uses for STYROFOAM Brand Foam was to decorate a Christmas tree. We’ve been part of holiday traditions for decades, and in fact, for generations!
Do you remember crafting Christmas ornaments with STYROFOAM Brand Foam when you were a kid? I do! We made ornaments covered in sequins, including sequins shaped like reindeer. (These aren’t easy to find, but Fire Mountain Gems carries reindeer sequins in green.)
Happy Christmas crafting!