I do a lot of torn paper work with my special needs students. We also do a lot of simple painting with sponges, sponge rollers, foam brushes etc. For this project, I pre-cut the bottom of the cupcake for the students. They started out by painting the bottom with sponge rollers. Next they choose- chocolate or vanilla frosting. They start tearning their paper into strips and gluing a shorter one onto each layer until they reach the top. Then, they tear a cherry and decorate with glitter…
Arranged in the shape of a pineapple (a symbol of friendship), this madeleine structure was made by covering a foam form in rolled fondant and then, starting from the bottom, attaching the cookies to it with thin wooden skewers. Read more at Marthastewartweddings.com: The Latest Real Weddings -- Martha Stewart Weddings
fake cupcakes - use great stuff expandable foam fill papers a bit (while setting in tin) and let foam expand. Use spackle tinted with paint for frosting AFTER foam is completely dry (couple days). Use seed beads for "sprinkles" while "frostng is still wet also put an upside down "U" shaped wire into the fristing top to hang. Let dry. Once dry spray the inside of anohter cupcake wrapper and glue it to the outside of the original (this covers the bottom where the foam sucks up in).
Plum Pudding Christmas Tags: Using a toothbrush and dark brown craft paint, I flicked on tiny dots of the color onto brown card stock. After it dried (just a few minutes later), I cut out circles using a punch and trimmed the bottom to shape the plum pudding. Then I cut out circles using a punch and trimmed the lower edge. The icing is free hand cutting from a manila file. The holly is a commercial sticker backed with foam tape.