Snowball-like Cupcake Ornament
There are a lot of tutorials on these cupcake ornaments but none of them were overly colorful. Foil cupcake liners are not very "pretty" to me so I came up with this idea. The fake snow is insanely messy so I suggest doing this project, or at least the step with the fake snow, somewhere where you can easily clean up any messes.
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First step is to gather your supplies. The foil liners are found at the baking aisle of any store. The fake snow I used came from Wal-Mart. Make sure you get flakes. They have a very superfine snow that is more like glitter. It does not work as well to cover the Styrofoam ball. Everything else you can find at any crafts store. The berry sprigs are with the artificial flowers in any craft store. Cut off the berries as these will be the cherries on top of the cupcake.
Next, paint the Styrofoam ball in the desired color. Note: the snow is a lot more transparent than you think (see pictures). If you want a bright cupcake top, use a bright color. If you want a pastel color like what I have done, use a light color. You also do not need a glob of paint. Less is more and the Styrofoam does not soak in a lot of paint.
You don't have to completely cover the ball. About a forth of the Styrofoam ball with be sitting in the liner. Now here comes a difficult part: leave it be a let it dry. Trust me. Glue does not stick to wet paint. Mine took about an hour to completely dry. While you are waiting, it is a good idea to set up your fake snow work station. Like I said before, the stuff is messy. It gets everywhere. I dumped mine in a bucket with a lid and it worked out great.
Now this step is the messy part. Dip the ball in the fake snow while the glue is still wet. I used my fingers to press it into the snow. Make sure all of the painted parts of the Styrofoam are covered with fake snow. Set the ball somewhere to completely dry. I put mine on paper plates. It takes about thirty minutes of so.
This part is a little tricky. Be very, very careful. Put a dime sized drop of hot glue on the center top of the ball. Quickly and carefully place both ends of the ribbon in the hot glue, making a loop. Quickly press a berry on top of the ribbon ends. Any hot glue that spills out, cover with fake snow. If the snow does not adhere well, simply cover the hot glue with craft glue and then sprinkle fake show on top, just remember to let it dry.