This Christmas, show your kids, students, classmates and friends how sweet they are with a handmade Christmas tree cupcake ornament. This craft is both easy and inexpensive, so it’s perfect for classroom Christmas projects, birthday party activities, or hand-made Christmas gifts for co-workers.
Begin with a small Styrofoam or floral foam ball, about four inches in diameter. The craft ball should fit easily into a paper cupcake wrapper without too much room around the sides. Use craft glue to attach a small or medium eye-hook into the top of the craft ball. Avoid hot glue, which can melt the Styrofoam. Use Super Glue or craft glue for the best results.
Use small craft pom-poms to create the cupcake ornament’s frosting. For best results, choose one main color and use one accent color to represent sprinkles. Starting next to the eye hook, glue craft poms to the Styrofoam ball until the top 3/4 are covered.
Squeeze glue into the bottom and around the sides of the cupcake wrapper. Press the bottom of the ball into the wrapper, fold up the sides and hold until set. Thread a length of colorful ribbon through the top eye-hook. Tie the ribbon into a circle for hanging. Place a slightly larger pink or red pom-pom on top of the eye hook for your “cherry.”
Make a set of cupcake Christmas ornament in Christmas red and green, or customize your colors to suit any theme tree.
Look for colorful, themed cupcake wrappers to add pizazz to the Christmas craft ornaments. Laser-cut, aluminum or other decorative wrappers from King Arthur Flour Company work great for this Christmas craft. Use chunky glitter dusted over the top of each cupcake ornament to look like crystallized sugar. Shiny sequins or long, narrow beads can be glued all over the top of the craft poms to look like rainbow sprinkles.
For birthday parties, provide colorful birthday candles for kids to glue into the top. Just be sure to cut out the wicks so younger kids don’t try to “light” their cupcakes later.