DIY Ballerina Cupcake Topper Tutorial

20150119_212757Nothing is more girly than a ballerina themed birthday! In this tutorial, we’ll show how we made these adorable silhouette cupcake inserts for a Prima Ballerina themed birthday party. To get started you’ll need:

  • Pink Tulle
  • Lollipop Sticks (purchased from Hobby Lobby)
  • Cricut Explore Cutting Machine (or similar product)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Your choice of 12×12″ Cardstcok (I chose light pink)
  • Rhinestones (optional)

I purchased cardstock from Hobby Lobby and used a svg file I created in Illustrator to cut out the ballerina silhouettes. Click here to download the PDF file I used. *Note: this is saved as PDF, if using with Cricut, you will need to save it as a svg or as a jpg in order to upload it.

Utilizing my Cricut Explore cutting machine I was able to cut out the ballerina shapes very quickly! (I am not endorsed by Cricut in any way, shape or form, I received the machine as a Christmas present and LOVE it!) After a little trial and error (the cardstock ripped on the tiara and hands the first time), I was able to successfully cut out the shapes using the “Light Cardstock” setting.

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Next I used my hot glue gun on low temperature to secure the lollipop sticks to the back of the ballerina shapes. Make sure you glue the stick at least halfway up the shape for support. You don’t want a floppy ballerina!

Once glued on, I then cut two little inch long strips of tulle. I placed a small dot of glue in the center of the figure’s waist (right where the top of the stick was). I secured each piece of tulle on the glue and then creased and folded it over until I had a tutu textured look. I overlapped the front and back piece to give it a more uniformed look. Lastly, I added another small dot of hot glue to the front for a rhinestone. After all, you can never have too much sparkle!

Your daughter can steal the show at her birthday with our Prima Ballerina themed printables (all designed to match this same silhouette design). Click here to see the listing on Etsy. Enter coupon code BALLERINABLOG to save 10% on your order!

 

Pin the Nose on Olaf

We’ve had incredible success with this specific game at our Frozen themed parties. Many people have asked how we made our Olaf. It is really quite simple!

I used two white posterboards (purchased from the dollar store). I essentially used this template to sketch out the pieces. Then trimmed them out and played with different layouts until I was satisfied. Once happy with it, I glued the pieces together. The eyes, front circles and mouth were all colored in with a wide chisel tip sharpie. I cut out the stick arms and head piece and then laid them on a piece of wax paper to paint them brown. The carrot noses were cut from orange paper and stuck on with sticky tack (so they didn’t damage Olaf). We will need to use this again for several more parties.

Paint sticks, dowel rods or a yard stick could be used in the back for reinforcement. We simply taped it to the wall and it stayed just fine. Here is a picture of the completed project. Of course, he looks a little funny without the nose, but the whole idea is for the kids to put the nose in the correct spot! Hope this helps spark some inspiration for your Frozen themed party.

Pin the Nose on Olaf
Pin the Nose on Olaf