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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Fall Faux Cupcake Designs

Do you wish you could keep cupcakes in your cupcake holders?  We have a problem around my house!  If I bake anything there's a very good chance it will not be there the next morning.  Food disappears over night around here.  I have these cute little mini cupcake stands that I love, and wanted to put cupcakes in them. First, let me share how I came up with this project.

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To make a long story short, our front door glass was broken by a rock thrown from a weed eater by our HOA lawn service.  One tiny hole cracked the glass from top to bottom.  It crackled for 30 minutes.   Of course it was on a Saturday, and the glass service couldn't come until Monday.  We went to Home Depot, and found supplies to keep the 100 degree heat outside.  Here is one of the products we bought.  

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It cost about $3.50 and will make a lot of fun projects.  I have found there is not one type of glue that will hold this foam.  Heavy floral wire works perfect, though!

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Cut the foam, and layer it on top of each other until you get the shape you are happy with.  This is the tricky part, the foam can be stubborn.  Once you have the shape you like, run the floral wire through the inside of the layers.  I used four wires to make sure the shape stayed in place.

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When you are happy with the shape, snip the wire and bend it back into the foam.  This secures the shape.  I left the wire longer in the photo for a visual, but shorter wire is much easier to use.  You just need a very small piece to bend back into the foam.

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Repeat the same process on the top.  I made the top of each of these different.  Some I tucked the foam inside and the others I just left a layer with a slanted edge. 

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Now for the fun part, decorating the "cupcakes".  I did use Folk Art paint for the candy corn cupcake, and it hasn't peeled.  I do plan on spraying it with a clear protective coat.   Spray paint for plastic works best on the foam.  I used Krylon spray paint that works on plastic for the others.  

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I used Folk Art acrylic paint on this one, and added a sugar pumpkin.  

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This one is white Krylon paint that can be used for plastic.  I went a little crazy with the pumpkins!  :)

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More Krylon paint with chocolate sprinkles.  

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I used a gold glitter pen on this one and added one of my favorite fall pumpkins!  I spread glitter on the rest of it using a paintbrush.

Here's a little sneak peek of one that I made for Christmas.

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I realize this is not your everyday craft activity, but I had way too much of this stuff to throw away.  :)  I also  have a guest post coming up soon in which I share some fun Christmas decorations that I made using the foam.  Can't wait for you to see those.  Thanks so much for visiting!

                                                                       Kathy

85 comments:

J. Leonard said...

What a clever idea! Does seeing those tastey looking cupcakes make you want a real one? It would for me!
We have the same problem at my house, food will dissapear overnight.
Cool idea!
-Jonquil

Still Woods Farmhouse said...

Hi Kathy! They look good enough to eat! Thanks for sharing the terrific idea! I want to try this project. Did you ever have trouble with the paint "eating" the foam?

Barbara F. said...

They look good enough to eat! Love your display. xo

Heidi@OneCreativeMommy.com said...

Adorable! I'm pinning to my candy corn board.

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much, and thanks for the pin!!

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! My husband said they make him hungry! LOL Thanks so much for visiting. xoxo

Kathy Moody said...

Thanks so much! My husband said they make him hungry. LOL I didn't have any trouble with the paint eating the foam, but some of the glues I tried did. I was about to throw in the towel when it hit me to use the floral wire. Once I painted them, the glue would stick. Have fun! Thanks so much for stopping by. Hugs

Kathy Moody said...

Yes, my hubby said they make him hungry! LOL Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

joy said...

Ha ha. I thought: wow muffins! But you are very creative:)

Diane MacNaughtan * Dianie Mac * said...

How CUTE! And Yummy looking :)

Take care,
~Diane

A Geek In Glasses said...

I really enjoyed your post. I can't even get my cupcakes decorated in my house before they are eaten. I watch Cupcake Wars every week and wish I could make those beautiful cakes. This is a great way to make the pretties and "trick" the family. If I burn a cake candle and have these ready to go - that would be a go Halloween trick too! Ha. Keep up the good work. Found you on DIY Home Sweet Home linky party.

Cathy said...

Such a very cute idea - love it. Think I may just have to try it myself. Thanks for sharing it.....

Kristie Franklin said...

Honest to pete, I thought these were real cupcakes!! My first thought was how you kept them from going stale. HAH It takes a very clever and creative person to come up with idea like this! Great job! :)

Sherry said...

I honestly thought these were real cupcakes and kept trying to figure out where the foam came in at. These turned out delicious! ;-)

Sherry said...

They look so realistic! I would always be craving cake with these sitting around lol. Very cool project!

Stephanie said...

These are SO adorable! Very unique and creative :)

Hugs,
Stephanie

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! I had to get creative to use that foam. LOL Thanks so much for visiting. Hugs

Tina said...

wow how clever is this. Thanks for sharing. Found you via the blog party - hope you can come by and check out my blog when you have a chance.

have a crafty week
tina
one crafty mess

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! I wasn't really thinking about it at the time, but they do make you want something sweet. LOL Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! I think I'm going to have to make some real cupcakes for my hubby. LOL Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Aww, thank you so much! I definitely had to get creative to use that foam. LOL Thanks so much for stopping by. Hugs

Kathy Moody said...

Thanks so much. It is fun and easy project. Especially the decorating part. LOL Thanks so much for stopping by.

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! That would be a great trick!! LOL I hadn't thought about it that way. That's too funny. Thank you so much for stopping by! :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much, and thanks for visiting!! :)

Kathy Moody said...

Aww, thank you so much! I had to get creative to use that foam. LOL Thanks for stopping by. Hugs

Isabell said...

Oh my, I definitely thought they were real!

Bethany@http://thislittleestate.blogspot.ca/ said...

Adorable! How inventive of you! I dont usually go throught the plumbing isle and think of cupcakes but YOU make it yummy and gorgeous!
Visiting from Debbiedoos newbie party.

Vintage Street Designs said...

These are so stinking cute! Soooo clever and fun! :)

Peggy~PJH Designs said...

Kathy, those are just too cute! And what a surprise the men in your family had when they tried to take a bite! lol I'll have to try making some of those looks like fun. Hugs, Peggy

Resa @ PitcherAndPlate.com said...

So, so, so, so CUTE! When I have time, I must try making some of these! Thanks for sharing this fab idea!

Katherines Corner said...

How creative and they look good enough to eat, giggle. xo

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

these are so cute I love them

Crystelle said...

Your cupcakes are so fun! who would have ever thought to use FOAM insulator..... You are so clever, girl! And they turned out delicious!

hugs ~ Crystelle

Moni - Zuhaus at Home said...

Love those cupcakes..how creative!! Thank you for visiting my blog!!

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! Can't wait to visit your blog. Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

Kathy Moody said...

LOL, thanks so much for stopping by! :)

Kathy Moody said...

Oh, thanks so much! Yep, this is not your typical craft supplies. LOL Thanks so much for visiting. I just followed your great blog. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much, and thanks for stopping by! hugs

Kathy Moody said...

Thanks! Yep, that is cupcake they won't touch. LOL Now I'm going to have to make some real cupcakes. Ha Thanks so much for stopping by. XO

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! They really are easy and fun to make. Thanks so much for visiting. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thanks! They do make you hungry. LOL Thanks so much for stopping by. xoxo

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much, and thanks for the great party! :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! We had so much of that foam, I had to find something to do with it. LOL Thank you for stopping by! :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you! Thanks so much for visiting. Love your blog. :)

White Weathered Hutch, said...

Wow Kathy they are amazing. They look so real!!
Thanks for the tutorial. Your newest follower.

thepaintedapron.com said...

Those are so cute! I absolutely love the cuteness of cupcakes! I HAVE to try this! Thanks!

Kathie said...

Those look good enough to eat! If they were in my house, my kids would probably take a bite out of one, lol! So cute and you get to enjoy them for so much longer than a real cupcake! Thanks for sharing!

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! So excited that they are still there. LOL Thanks so much for hosting. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! They are fun to decorate. Thanks so much for visiting.

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much, and thanks for the follow, too! :)

Maria said...

Aww these are adorable!!!! You did a great job, I love the way you made the cupcakes! I love anything cupcakes and always love seeing how other people make/decorate with them! Love what you did! Very cute!

Michelle {The Purple Pumpkin Blog} said...

Now THIS is just amazing!!! I love these!!!

I would love to invite you to post this over at my link party on The Purple Pumpkin Blog! Hope to see you there :)
Michelle xoxo

Tammy Partin Spangler said...

VERY.VERY.CLEVER! I have looked at the cupcakes at Hobby Lobby but new there had to be a way to make them and you have shown us how! Thanks for much for sharing!

Dewdrop Gardens said...

These are so cute! And a perfect way to get cupcakes to last more than one night.
Debbie :)

Craftberry Bush said...

clever clever girl...xo

Kathy Moody said...

Thanks so much, and thanks for the party! XO

Kathy Moody said...

Thanks so much! They've made it a week! LOL Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! They really are easy to make and fun to decorate. Thanks so much for visiting. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much for your sweet comment, and for visiting! It was a fun project. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Oh, thank you so much! I would love to share at your party. Thanks for the invite. I'll see you there. :)

XOXO

Shanee @ LivingLifeSouthernStyle said...

These are adorable...gonna have to give this a try! Thanks for sharing. I am a new follower!

One More Time said...

Oh My Goodness Kathy...those are so CUTE what a great idea. Thanks for linking up! It was so nice talking to you today!

Tami {Curb Alert!} said...

Hi, I wanted to thank you for linking up to last week's Friday Block Party at Curb Alert! and would like to invite you to join in again this week! These cupcakes are adorable! Hope to see you there~ http://tamicurbalert.blogspot.com/2012/10/quick-doghouse-fix-and-friday-block.html
Tami @ Curb Alert!

THE FARMHOUSE PORCH said...

You are a genius! These are SO cute, I've been wanting some "fake cakes" for display but they are so costly, I may have to borrow this!
♥Linsey

thistlewoodfarm said...

These cupcakes look absolutely delicious (even if you can't eat them! And the paint icing looks real!

Have a wonderful and blessed day!
karianne

Tuula @ The Thrifty Rebel said...

What a great idea! They look so amazing!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Kathy, Thanks for sharing this wonderful project at the Open House party! The cupcakes are fabulous and very creative.

Marti Cooper said...

This is the cutest project I have ever seen! I'm hosting a SHOW-case Craft Showcase if you would like to be a part of! :) I would LOVE to feature it on my site!! http://sew-licious.blogspot.com/2012/10/show-licious-craft-showcase-5.html

xoxo, Marti

Katherines Corner said...

Thank you for joining in the fun at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. Happy Sunday wishes xo

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Those are super cute! Smarty Pants! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Peggy~PJH Designs said...

Kathy these are just the cutest things and so clever! Thanks for linking up again with us at Totally Transformed Tuesday. Hugs, Peggy

Jessi @ Practically Functional said...

What a brilliant idea, and they're so cute! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

Theresa said...

What a fun project. I could see making some for decor for a kids party too. Stopping in from DearCreatives.com

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

Thank you for sharing your project on A Crafty Soiree! I have featured yours on the newest one, up 11/01 at midnight EST. Please come by and see it.

Meg said...

Featuring your faux cupcakes on this weeks All Star Block Party:

http://www.nutmegplace.com/2012/10/all-star-block-party-22.html

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Hello Kathy, I'd say this falls under making lemonade out of lemons! This is just too clever - you did a fantastic job! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
Kathy

Jody and Stan said...

Thanks so much for sharing this fantastic idea on Simple & Sweet Fridays. I love them!
Happy Halloween!!

Jody

Charlene@APinchofJoy said...

How creative -- from insulating foam to yummy looking cupcakes! Love it! Thanks for linking on Busy Monday!

AmieAnn said...

These are soo stinking clever! I am your newest follower and I featured these cuties on my Pink Hippo Party @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2012/11/pink-hippo-party-103.html
xoxo
Amie @ Pinkapotamus

Kathy Moody said...

Oh, thank you so much! I am so honored! Thanks for the great party, too! :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you, and thanks so much for hosting! Have a great week. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much! So sorry I missed your comment, but I am all linked up now! I added a few other fall projects. Thanks so much for the party and the invite!! XOXOXO

Marti Cooper said...

Thank you so much for submitting this! It was featured at my site if you would like to place a Featured button on your site. :)

http://sew-licious.blogspot.com/2012/11/fall-faux-designer-cupcakes-home-decor.html

xoxo,
Marti

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much!! You made my day! I have your oh so cute button added. :)
HUGS

The Lovely Mrs. P said...

I am a sucker for faux food~ not sure why, lol! Too cute~ thanks for linking up!
Kim

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