Cupcake Ornament DIY and DecoArt Giveaway

I was delighted when we were asked to join in the Twelve Days of Christmas fun from DecoArt. I jumped at the chance to try some of their new crystal gloss enamel glitter paints and 3D writers. I couldn’t resist making cupcake inspired ornaments using their paints. And since the paints come in so many lovely colors, my tween couldn’t resist lining them up all along the kitchen table in rainbow fashion.

For the cupcake ornament craft, I pulled a few of my favorite colors and of course the very festive red and green to work with. I wanted to make a variety of “cupcake flavors” for these ornaments.

This is what I used to get started:

I also used small sponge brushes to apply the enamel paint, and a glue gun to attach each ornament ball to the cupcake cup.

The first step in making your own cupcake ornaments is to paint your ornament balls with one coat of the crystal gloss enamel paints. So as to avoid fingerprints while painting, I rigged up a drying stand by sticking chopsticks into a foam block. I then took the top off of the ornament ball and hung each one upside down one each chopstick. I carefully held the top edge of the ornament (or in this case bottom) while applying a coat a paint with a spongebrush. I painted one white, one yellow, one green, and I swirled the red and the pink together on the last one.

Then you will need to let them dry completely before moving on to the next step of adding cupcake decorations.

After they were dry, I wanted the ornament balls (or cupcakes) to feel more solid so I filled them with batting that I had on hand. The chopsticks came in handy again as I pushed in enough batting to fill each ornament. I then replaced the tops again and placed each onto a silicone cupcake cup. The cups act as a handy stand to hold your ball steady for the next step, and also show you exactly how much ball you have left to add your decorations to.

The next step was my favorite part – adding the sprinkles and cupcake decorations. I played around with the colors on each, making swirls on a couple and simple colored sprinkles on the others. I love the 3D effect these paints give, and the tip on the top of the bottle let’s you use it like you would a pen. Now it is time for another dose of patience as you let this step dry completely again.

After the decorations were all completely dry, I attached an ornament hanger at the top while also attaching a red jingle bell to act as the “cherry” on top of each cupcake. Finally, I glued each cup to each ornament using a glue gun. I love how these turned out. They look yummy enough to eat and absolutely delectable on a tree!

But the real treat is that we are also hosting a giveaway. DecoArt is giving away a stocking FULL of  paints and a variety of DecoArt products – perfect to get you started on some of your own crafty projects. One lucky reader will receive this great prize. Contest ends one week from today. Enter below and happy crafting!


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Pauline Molinari

I'm the crafty maven, and I'm on a mission to spread craftiness. With a fine arts degree, over 15 years experience in children's publishing, and a savvy, stylish, sassy tween daughter, I come armed with perspective and passion to inspire tween girls and their mothers to be crafty together. 

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  12 comments for “Cupcake Ornament DIY and DecoArt Giveaway

  1. Annie Noel
    December 7, 2012 at 11:28 am

    I’d love to try these beautiful balls. They look great. and fun for the kids too.

  2. MaryJo Marshall
    December 7, 2012 at 11:33 am

    These are sooo cute – of course i just came home from craft shopping!! I really hope to get some things to make some of these ornaments. Thanks for the inspirationa!

  3. Tonya Dirksen
    December 7, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    These cupcake ornaments are so cute! I would love to try the 3D paints!

  4. Rachael
    December 7, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    I would love to try the 3D paints!

  5. Marsha Cametti
    December 7, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    I want to try the 3D paints. They look like they’d work great on a kids craft

  6. Victorie
    December 8, 2012 at 5:56 am

    I would totally try these cupcake ornaments they are so cute!!!!!!

  7. December 8, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Would love to try the chalk paint

  8. MelodyJ
    December 10, 2012 at 7:15 am

    I want to try the 3D paints. They look great on the ornaments.

  9. Deborah B
    December 10, 2012 at 11:13 am

    I’d really like to try the gloss enamels. Besides these cutie cupcake ornaments, the DecoArt website has a lot of cool ideas. I want to try the Finch Vase they show there.

  10. Melissa
    December 11, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Brilliant! You are so creative. I love these cupcake Ornaments and the chalk paint is right up my alley 😉

  11. December 18, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    This is so clever and somehow I already have all the things I need to make them. My kids would love these ornaments.

  12. catalina faria
    February 5, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Love this club!!!

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