What you’ll need:
- 1 30-inch square chipboard (available at crafts stores)
- Duct tape
- 1 can spray adhesive (available at crafts or hardware stores)
- 1 1/2 yards corrugated paper
- 1 50-foot roll red scalloped-edge corrugated border paper (available at crafts stores)
- 3 yards 1-inch-wide ribbon
- 3 yards pink fleece
- Needle and thread
- 1 20-yard bag rolled batting
- 2 cans spray paint; 1 brown, 1 red
- 3 20-count bags pink foam hair rollers
- Hot-glue gun and sticks
What to do:
1. To make the cupcake base, cut a piece of chipboard that is long enough to wrap very loosely around the child’s waist (allowing an extra 4 inches all around) and as wide as the distance between the child’s waist and knees. Wrap duct tape vertically around the seam to seal.
2. Using spray adhesive, cover the chipboard cupcake base with the same size piece of corrugated paper, making sure the ridges are on the outside. Measure the circumference of the cupcake base and cut that length from the roll of red border paper. Attach the border paper to the top of the cupcake base with spray adhesive. To make shoulder straps, cut two 2-inch horizontal slits, 6 inches apart, in the front and back of the cupcake base. Thread ribbon through the slits and secure in the back with a knot.
3. For the bottom layer of frosting, cut a fleece strip 14 inches wide and 6 inches longer than the circumference of the cupcake base. Cut two more 14-inch-wide strips, one 10 inches shorter and the other 20 inches shorter than the first strip.
4. Fold each fleece strip in half lengthwise; sew the long side and one short end closed. Turn each strip inside out, lightly stuff with batting and sew the end closed. Sew end to end to form each into a round tube.
5. Have the child step into the base and pull up the straps. Place the frosting tubes over the child’s head, stacking them on top of the base, largest to smallest. (Let the child’s arms come out between the two top layers.) Sew stitches along the rings to hold them in place.
6. To make sprinkles, spray-paint the foam hair curlers and attach with hot glue.
Photograph by Hallie Burton