I’ve always had a thing for cupcakes. There’s something innately cute about individually sized cakes with their often patterned paper liners and cute toppings. I originally found a tutorial for cupcake liner pom poms on Pinterest, sadly uncredited to its original source, but I tracked it down to Kara. Kara’s Party Shop blog features a tutorial for a beautiful table decoration: pom pom centerpieces! They are airy, soft and elegant, plus they have the added benefit of being inexpensive to make in comparison to buying flowers – artificial or otherwise.
I didn’t have the supplies on hand, so this article shows my prototype cupcake liner ball and how I made it using inexpensive supplies I had around my home. I learned things along the way that will make it easier for me to produce more on my teeny-tiny budget for my upcoming wedding.
- Nails, preferably with a wide flat head so they don’t pop through the hole of the cupcake liners. Kara uses pearl-head straight pins, which are far prettier in case they happen to be visible. These pins are out of my budget for making a slew of them, unless I can find an inexpensive source for pins. (Any ideas? I would love to hear!)
- Styrofoam balls. I used a 3″ ball.
- Cupcake liners: For the one pictured, I used about 35 cupcake liners.
This is an easy project:
- Simply take a cupcake liner and pierce it with a nail. Poke the nail through.
- Pinch the paper to elongate the cupcake liner paper.
- Push the nail into the Styrofoam ball.
- Repeat! As the ball gets fuller, it becomes more difficult to insert the nails. Try to make the ball as dense as possible so there is less chance of the nails being seen through any gaps. After all the liners have been inserted, arrange the papers for optimum fullness.
Before I knew it, the ball was done. I pierced it with a chopstick to put it in this pop bottle vase, but for the big day, I plan on using bamboo skewers. The skewers will be hidden once the bottles are spray painted.
Give this project a try for your next party.
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