- Age Guideline: 8 Years and Up
- Time Required: 30 minutes (Does not include drying time)
The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.
- Shrink Plastic
- Marker or Colored Pencils or Printer (depending on what type of shrink plastic you use)
- Earring Hooks
- Hole Puncher
- Needle Nose Pliers
How you decorate your shrink plastic will depend on what kind it is. For normal shrink plastic, use markers or colored pencils to draw and color in two matching cupcake designs. You can also buy special shrink plastic that can be used in ink jet printers. Obviously, if you use this kind, you can find cupcake clip art, like this one, and print it out directly onto the shrink plastic. Keep in mind, the finished product will be about a third of the size as the picture you start with, and about 9 times as thick. No matter what kind you use, it should come with directions that should be followed for best results.
Once you are satisfied with how your cupcakes look, cut them out using ordinary paper scissors. Use a hole puncher to make a hole near the top of your cupcake so you can put it on the earring later. Now, place your cupcakes on a cookie sheet and bake them according to the instructions that came with the shrink plastic (usually just a minute or two).
Once your cupcakes are baked and cooled, use a needle nose pliers to open the loops on the earring hooks and slip the cupcakes on. Next, add a bead. Elizabeth used red to simulate a cherry. Close the loops with the pliers and you're done. Enjoy your fun and easy cupcake earrings.