Cupcake Costume

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by Amy Hartman, A.C. Moore, Manahawkin, NJ

Cupcake Costume

This “sweet” costume would make for a fun family costume. Everyone can be a cupcake, with the youngest child or parent dressed up as a baker!

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:2+ hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Cut Pink t-shirt sleeves off and cut big scoop neck (you want to ensure the Pink doesn’t show above the cupcake portion of the costume).
  • 2
    Draw Neon Pink paint lines approximately an inch apart vertically on the front of the shirt, starting below where the arm is cut out. Tip: practice with the fabric paint on scrap paper so you get a feel for the flow of the paint from the bottle. Also, give one good shake downward before applying paint (with the cap on) to get rid of any air bubbles. When dry, turn over and repeat for back of shirt.
  • 3
    Download and print out templates for the various patterns referenced throughout this project. Cut them out. Note: the templates are quite large and will likely have to be printed out on a few pieces of paper and then taped together.
  • 4
    Trace templates onto Yellow felt and cut out.
  • 5
    Lay each piece of cut felt out and outline the scallops with Shiny Yellow fabric paint. Make "sprinkles" by using the different colors of fabric paint; make the lines for sprinkles thicker so they will stand out more. Let thoroughly dry. Note; each layer is made of 2 pieces, one front and one back.
  • 6
    For Yellow shirt, cut scoop neck. Tip: use the Layer #1 pattern or cutting t-shirt neck so both the t-shirt and felt will line up when assembling.
  • 7
    Lay t-shirt onto work surface and lay out each front layer of felt so you have correct placement. Note: you want the felt layers to overlap with no t-shirt showing. Also, bottom edge of t-shirt will be cut later.
  • 8
    Starting with Layer #1, hot glue only the neck portion of the felt to the neck of the Yellow t-shirt. This is to help you with placement of the other layers.
  • 9
    Once dry, flip up Layer #1 and hot glue Layer #2, butting almost up to the bottom of Layer #1.
  • 10
    When dry, flip up Layer #2 and only glue Layer #3 across the bodice of the shirt, leaving the sleeves unglued.
  • 11
    Repeat same with Layer #4.
  • 12
    Turn shirt over and repeat Steps 8 through 11. Note on the back of Layer #1 you will be overlapping the ends of the felt. Tuck the end under the top and glue. Line up the neck as best as you can so it is even with the front felt piece and shirt.
  • 13
    For the back of Layer #2, the ends of the front and back pieces should meet at the top of the shoulder of t-shirt. Overlap front edge over the back layer and then glue onto top seam of shirt.
  • 14
    Once you’ve glued Layer #3 to back of shirt (follow Step 10), only glue a section of the bottom of the scallop to allow for an armhole.
  • 15
    Once you’ve glued Layer #4 to back of shirt, hot glue scallop seams together where the scallops meet.
  • 16
    Trim excess bottom of Yellow t-shirt once all layers have been glued on.
  • 17
    For the cherry top head band, press one side of the Styrofoam ball down to create a flattened edge.
  • 18
    Paint entire Styrofoam ball Red Apple with the sponge brush. Twist two Emerald chenille stems together, fold in half and twist together again.
  • 19
    Cut out 2 pieces of Pirate felt that are each 4 inch x 2 inch. Remove adhesive backing and stick pieces together to create a thicker felt piece. Cut out leaf shape and glue to chenille stem.
  • 20
    Make a small hole for the cherry stem opposite of the flattened portion of the ball. Add some glue to end of stem and insert into Styrofoam ball. Glue cherry to head band, off the side from the center of the head band.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:2+ hours

Project Supplies

  • Gildan® T-Shirt 100% Cotton Short Sleeve T-Shirt Pink (Use a Size That is 2 Sizes Larger Than Normal for Person Wearing Costume)
  • Gildan® T-Shirt 100% Cotton Short Sleeve T-Shirt Yellow
  • New Image Group Felt Craft Pack 36 inch x 36 inch Yellow 104276492 (2)
  • Nicole™ Crafts Dimensional Fabric Paint 1.25 oz. Neon Pink 104762907 (3)
  • Nicole™ Crafts Dimensional Fabric Paint 1.25 oz. Shiny Yellow 104762915 (2)
  • Nicole™ Crafts Dimensional Fabric Paint 1.25 oz. Shiny Bright Green 104762965
  • Nicole™ Crafts Dimensional Fabric Paint 1.25 oz. Dutch Blue 104762939
  • Nicole™ Crafts Dimensional Fabric Paint 1.25 oz. Metallic Lilac 104762963
  • Nicole™ Crafts Dimensional Fabric Paint 1.25 oz. Neon Orange 104762925
  • Scissors
  • Nicole™ Crafts Dual Temperature Trigger Glue Gun 104180411
  • Surebonder® All Purpose Stik™ Glue Sticks 4 inch 50 pc. 104737928
  • Offray Cool Kids™ Headband Red 104542876
  • FloraCraft® Styrofoam® Brand Foam Ball 2 pc. 4 inch 104183639
  • Plaid® Apple Barrel® Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Red Apple 104107429 (2)
  • Loew-Cornell® Sponge Brush 2 inch 104114531
  • Nicole™ Crafts Stick-on Poly Felt Sheet 9 inch x 12 inch Pirate 104276550
  • Nicole™ Crafts Chenille Stems 6 mm 25 pc. Emerald 104277479
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