Cupcake pendants are an easy and inexpensive way to decorate your holiday confections. These adorable Santa Claus cupcake pendants are super simple to create but will certainly wow your holiday guests!
For this project, you will need (per pendant):
– Wooden skewer
– Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in Cherry Red
– Deep red cardstock
– Dark green cardstock
– White or cream colored cardstock
– Three inch circle shaped stencil or paper punch
– Four inch circle shaped stencil or paper punch
– Santa Claus style stencil or paper punch
– Craft knife
– Self healing mat
– Elmer’s glue stick
– Gel pens (for Santa Claus detailing)
– Newspaper and/or a large drop cloth
Cover the workspace with a large drop cloth and/or a few layers of old newspaper sheets. Very carefully use the scissors to cut the wooden skewer in half. Use one half of the skewer for this cupcake and the second half to create a second cupcake pendant. Paint the skewer with a light coat of Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in Cherry Red, leaving the bottom one inch of the skewer exposed. (This part will be inserted into the cupcake.)
Place the sheet of deep red cardstock onto the self healing mat. In pencil, trace the four inch shaped circle from the stencil. Lay the sheet of dark green cardstock flat. Trace the three inch shaped circle from the stencil onto the paper. Cut out each of the circles carefully using a craft knife. (NOTE: Skip the above step if you are using circle punches instead of stencils. In that case, use the punch to create the circle shaped cutouts.)
Apply a bit of Elmer’s glue stick to the back of the green circle. Attach the green circle to the center of the red circle. Dry completely. Trace the Santa Claus image onto the white or cream colored cardstock in pencil. Cut out the Santa Claus image. Fill in details of the design using gel pens. Use Elmer’s glue stick to attach the cutout to the center of the red and green circles.
Heat up the hot glue gun. Attach the paper circles to the skewer piece with a dab of hot glue. Cool completely before inserting the cupcake pendant into a finished cupcake and enjoying.
TIP: In lieu of creating your own Santa Claus cutouts, consider also purchasing festive scrapbook embellishments that are pre-made. These are readily available in the scrapbook section of your local craft supply shop and look just darling when attached as part of a cupcake pendant!