**This tutorial is intended for personal use only.**
This dainty cupcake has a hidden treat cup located in it's center. It makes a wonderful party favor or a cute gift box for a special piece of jewelry. Use it as part of the table setting at a tea party or luncheon. Eliminate the tab closure and add a loop for hanging and you will have a sweet Christmas tree ornament.
I used a 3 oz. plastic Solo cup for the base of this project.
To begin, trim the cup until it measures 1-1/2" tall.
You will also need to make a tab closure out of cardstock measuring 1/2" x 3". To make the tab more durable, I glued 2 layers of cardstock together. Glue the tab to the outside of the cup as shown.
To make the cupcake liner, cut a strip of cardstock that measures 1-1/2" x 11" and accordion fold it in 1/4" pleats.
Glue the folded cardstock together to form a ring. Add a generous amount of glue to the outside of the cup.
Slip the cupcake liner around the outside of the cup. Secure with rubber bands that are not too tight. Make sure that the liner makes gentle contact with the cup and the glue.
Glue a 1-3/4" circle to the underside of the tab closure.
To to give a more finished look to the liner, turn the cup upside down and glue a 1-1/2" cardstock circle to the bottom. Set aside to dry.
To make the frosting, cut the following strips out of paper. Use any paper that you have on hand, from an old paperback book that has seen better days to designer paper used in scrapbooking.
1-3/8" x 16"
1-1/8" x 16"
7/8" x 16"
5/8" x 16"
Ink the edges on one side of each strip. Accordion fold each strip in 3/8" pleats. Glue each of the ends together to form 4 separate rings.
With needle and thread, take a running stitch near the non-inked edge of each accordion pleated ring. Gather and tie off in the back. Clip thread.
You should have four rosettes in graduating sizes.
Glue a 2-1/4" cardstock circle to the underside of the largeest rosette. The underside of the largest rosette will be exposed so be sure to use the same color cardstock that you have used throughout this project.
Glue small circles to the underside of each of the three smaller rosettes. Be sure to use the same paper that the rosettes are made from. Use a circle paper punch if you have one available to you or cut them freehand. Be sure to leave a margin around the edge of each rosette. If the circle extends all the way to the edge of the rosette, it will show once it has been assembled. The circles are necessary and will keep the rosettes from nesting into each other.
Apply glue to the circles on the underside of the three smallest rosettes and stack in ascending order.
Apply glue to the top of the circle located on the tab closure. Place the rosette stack on top of the circle. Add a velcro closure to the tab.
Top with a cherry.
No cherry? Add a cute cupcake topper instead.
A belly band could also be added with the guest of honor's initials or photo. There are so many options to customize this little bundle of sweetness.
I chose to add a sprinkling of crystal clear glitter to the frosting for some added sugary glitz.
More glittery cupcakes.
I had loads of fun designing and making these sweet cupcakes. I hope you enjoy making it too.