10 days of kid-made christmas It’s time for the Kid-Made Ornament series hosted by Mama Miss, and we’re excited to be participating for the second year. Last year my boys made beaded snowflake ornaments, and this year all of the ornaments in the series are inspired by children’s literature.

If You Give a Cat a CupcakeOur ornaments are inspired by the book If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff. If you’re not familiar with the “If You Give a…” series, it goes something like this: If you give a cat a cupcake, he’ll ask for some sprinkles to go with it. When you give him the sprinkles, he might spill some on the floor. Cleaning up will make him hot, so you’ll give him a bathing suit . . . and that’s just the beginning! We love all of the funny books in this series!

kids craft activity cupcake ornaments hung on treeTo go along with the book, we made cupcake ornaments, naturally!

Cupcake Ornament Supplies

What We Used:

  • 2″ Styrofoam Balls
  • Cupcake Liners
  • Smooth Finish
  • Glitter
  • Wooden Bead (painted red)
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Glue
  • Shaving Cream

Making a Kid Made Cupcake OrnamentWe started by placing the styrofoam balls inside of the cupcake liners to hold them steady and to see how much of the ball would stick up out of the top of the liner.

Kid Made Styrofoam Cupcake OrnamentsThe boys used a small knife to spread Smooth Finish over the exposed top half of the styrofoam balls. Allow to dry for several hours. The Smooth Finish can be sanded after it has dried to smooth out the lumps and bumps in the texture, or you can keep the rustic look like the boys did here.

Kid Made Cupcake OrnamentsBefore adding the cupcake’s “frosting,” we swapped out the cupcake liners for new ones since the first set of liners had stretched out a bit in the previous steps. We used a dab of glue to adhere the cupcakes inside the liners. My original idea was to use a piping bag full of Smooth Finish to add a decorative layer of frosting, but the boys found it to be a little too thick and difficult to pipe.

Use Shaving Cream and Glue for Frosting on a Cupcake OrnamentInstead, we whipped up a batch of snow paint (1 part shaving cream to 1 part white glue), piped it on top of the cupcakes, and sprinkled on iridescent glitter “sprinkles.” To make the cherry hanger, simply glue a large red bead to the top of the frosting, and thread it with a length of embroidery floss for hanging.

Kid Made Cupcake Christmas OrnamentsTheir ornaments turned out so cute that I just had to make one, too! I used a silver ball ornament inside of a paper cupcake cup and topped with the snow paint “frosting.” SO fun and easy!

For even more great kid-made ornaments, be sure to visit these great posts by some of my friends:

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