I am headed off today for two days of “fun in the sun” at the BlogHer Food conference in Miami! OK, it’s a little business mixed IN with the fun, but after the dismal spring weather we’ve had here lately, I’m looking forward to some HEAT! :-)
But I am leaving the blog in the capable hands of Kaitlyn and Britta and have two wonderful guest bloggers lined up that I met recently at another blogger conference. Today Jonie is up to bat with a cute and clever gift box idea that could be customized for almost ANY event! And since it’s in the shape of a cupcake…I’m completely obsessed with it! :-) (If you want to see more adorable cupcakes…check out my “Cupcakes As Art” Pinterest board sometime.) Take it away Jonie!
I am so thrilled to be here on One Good Thing to share with you a really fun and seriously cute gift wrapping idea. Before we get to the good stuff, I wanted to quickly introduce myself just in case we haven’t had the chance of meeting before now. My name is Jonie and I blog over at Just Between Friends. It is a DIY arts and crafts kind of blog where I love sharing all kinds of projects and tutorials. If you like that kind of stuff, I have a feeling we would get along great and I would love to have you visit! You can subscribe to my site or visit me on Facebook or Instagram since those are my very favorite places to hang out.
These cupcake boxes are so easy to make, and they are so cute to put a little gift in. I made two different sizes. I especially love the little tiny ones because they are perfect for any kind of jewelry gift giving. To make them, all you need are paper mache boxes from any craft store (Hobby Lobby, Michaels, JoAnn, etc) styrofoam balls, and some various papers, ribbons, and fabrics.
To begin, I cut strips of paper the size of the bottom of the box. and ran them through a paper crimper. You can either purchase one at a craft store, or I found the paper crimper for you online that you can get for less than $20. Attach it to the box with hot glue and you’re ready for the extra fun part!
The top of the cupcake is my very favorite part because you have so many options of ways to decorate it! To begin, take a styrofoam ball that is the same circumference as the top of the box lid and cut the ball in half. You’ll use one half for each box. Attach the ball to the lid with hot glue as well and then have some fun decorating the top! For the pink cupcake, I used some pink satin ribbon I had in my stash and simply twisted it and glued it into place. For the “sprinkles” I used some crystal beads and hot glued those in place as well.
The cream colored cupcake top is satin ribbon as well. To get the bunched up look, I sewed a running stich down the middle of the ribbon with a needle and thread and then scrunched it up. Then I hot glued it onto the styrofoam so that it looks like fluffy frosting.
I used the same technique from the pink cupcake with the other pink cupcake, and the technique from the cream cupcake is the same as the brown cupcake only with thinner ribbon.
Now that you know how to make them, go crazy with the ideas! They are such a fun way to present a gift to people. The bigger ones would be perfect for a gift card to give to your favorite grad with graduation coming up at the end of the month.
Thanks for having me over, and I hope I get to visit with you again soon!