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Monster and Pinwheel Cupcake Decorations
Designed by Candie Cooper



Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic.

Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range: 2 to 6

Skill Level: Moderate

Appropriate for These Special Events:
Every Day, Rainy Days and Birthdays

Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Mathematics - measuring
Visual Arts

Time Needed for Project:
1 hour plus drying time


Main Materials:
Horizon Foam Monster stickers
Floracraft® Project bricks
Elmer’s® Craft Bond tacky glue
Elmer’s® Glitter Paint Pens
Horizon Chenille stems in orange, green and purple
Plaid® Apple Barrel Paint in orange, green and purple
Horizon Pom-poms in orange, green and purple

CraftBond Tacky Glue 8oz.

3D Washable Paint Pens -  Bright Confetti

Basic Materials:
Paint brushes


  1. Paint the project bricks in desired colors for the monster bodies and leave to dry.
  2. Poke a tooth pick in the top of the prick.  Place a sticker on the tooth pick.  Cut a small circle to go on the back of the sticker, sandwiching the toothpick in place.
  3. Poke a hole through the body with a toothpick--slide a chenille stem through the body for the arms. Trim and twist the ends to make hands.
  4. Optionally, you can cover the body with a chenille stem too.
  5. Glue poms-poms to the hands or put a monster saying sticker on the hand and seal it with a piece of paper on the back.
  6. Poke another tooth pick in the bottom that will go into the cupcake.



Main Materials:
Elmer's® Craft Bond Glue
Floracraft® Styrofoam™ 1" balls
Elmer's® Glitter Pens
Plaid® Apple Barrel paint in desired colors.

Basic Materials:
Paint brushes
Decorative paper
2-sided decorative paper
Tiny hole punch
Wood skewers
Magnet (optional)


  1. Cut the foam ball in half and paint with desired colors and leave to dry.  Add touches of glitter with pens if you want them to sparkle.
  2. Cut a 4" square of decorative paper.
  3. Draw an "X" lightly from corner to corner.  Hole punch the center of the "X".
  4. Cut 3.5" in from each corner diagonally toward the center hole.  Hole punch to the right on every other corner (see website for pattern).
  5. Fold each piece down and hold together with a brad.
  6. Glue Styrofoam™ ball piece in the center with thick glue as well as the pinwheel to the skewer.


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