Sunday, July 21, 2013

My Other Creations: Fabric Mache Cupcakes

No matter how old you get, there always seems to be something soothing about goo: aloe on a sunburn, stringy cheese on pizza, a mud mask, and of course, paper mache paste!  I daresay these goos are therapeutic.  So when the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog issued a "celebrate" theme for this week, I decided to combine some of my favorite celebratory things: cake, fabric and goo.  So wah-la!  Behold my paper mache'd cupcakes!

These are not too hard to make, especially if you start out with these pre-made cardboard cupcake boxes like I did.  I've seen them at both Michaels and JoAnn's.  Fist, paint them with white acrylic paint.  Next, rip up all sorts of fabric scraps then mix up a batch of Golden Harvest Universal Wheat Paste (it's basically fancy paper mache mix that smells pleasant).

Just like those happy pinata-making days of childhood, submerge your fabric scraps in the paste and smoosh them onto the cupcake form.  Be sure to cover your work surface before you start!  When it's done, it'll look something like this:

The texture, as you can see, is wet and glossy.  Once it's dried, it will look like this:

If you want to get a more "ragged" look in some places (as opposed to the glued-down look), you can still glue scraps to your cupcake after it dries.  And this is when you get to add a ton of dimension and oomph with ink!  Any ink seems to work just fine, but Tim Holtz distress ink works especially well.  I also used Colorbox chalk ink and I applied all of it with a make-up sponge.

Once you've added ink, you're ready to embellish!  Glue on flowers, lace, stamped images or whatever else your little heart desires.  Here are how the other two of my trio turned out:

The quote on this one, "There is never an awkward time for cake," is a totally classic one-liner I heard my boss say after cake was distributed at the end of a staff meeting that had gotten a bit heated.  My boss was absolutely right: cake = peace.

This was such a fun project and Simon Says Stamp is a fantabulous place to get all sorts of crafty supplies in one go.  Here is what I used to bring my cupcakes to life:

Remember that you can enter the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge every week yourself!  You could win $50 to Simon Says Stamp!  Just upload your project that follows the weekly theme and you're entered in.  Wa-hoo!  And hey-- inspire others with your cool projects at the same time.  It's a win-win...kind of like cake and goo.


  1. Andrea...welcome to the DT! These little fabric cupcakes are such a clever idea. Thanks for such a great step by step, too. These would be adorable little party favors. Hugs, Candy

  2. Hi Andrea, welcom aboard, hope you have a fabulous creative journey with us. I absolutely love your fabric cupcakes, great idea, beautifully executed. I love your use of material which adds wonderful texture to your cakes and the colours are particularly eye catching. Love the lace trims, flowers and butterflies too. Wonderful. Tracy x x

  3. How cute!! Love your little cupcakes and there is so much texture! I assumed everyone was using mod podge, theses days? But, it appears that fabric mache mixture gives a different texture, right? Could one use a matte medium for this project? I am curious what you think, comparing decoupage to fabric mache? Thank you for all your wonderful Tutorials. They truly brighten my day! Hugs, Laura

    1. Oh! Such intriguing possibilities, Laura! Thanks for making me think of all sorts of new and exciting ideas! I chose to use paper mache paste because it's so cheap (as compared to other gel mediums) and I like how it's less sticky. It washes right off and there are no brushes involved. I'll have to experiment with some other gel mediums, though. I have used Gesso on fabric and it gives it a cool toned-down surface (if you use white), but I'll have to see what else I can play with. Thanks again for your comment!

  4. Wow Andrea, what a gorgeous project and such a great idea for this challenge!! Love all your cupcakes. I wish I could touch them. Super sweet details. Very welcome to the team!!

  5. Andrea! Your little cupcakes amaze me! I love the way you manipulate fabric with the ink. Amazing! And thank you for the little story. The words "There is never an awkward time for cake," will be spoken in my house!

    I am so excited to be a part of the Simon Says Stamp design team. And I was thrilled to here that you were a part of the team as well. I am so excited that we'll be working together. I've been an admirer of your work long before this. Have a great day!

  6. Hi, Andrea, wow.... your cupcakes are totally awesome! Love how you created the beautiful colors and textures on this project. And welcome to the team! Hugs. :)

  7. Oh my Andrea! What fabulous cupcakes! Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Fabulous cupcakes! They look amazing! Love that you've covered it with fabric! Welcome to the team! Hugs, Sandra

  9. These are sooooo cute! Yes I will be using your idea to make some of these, great for a 7 year old to make too! Life is good with CUPCAKES indeed.

  10. I just LOVE everything about these!!!! PINNED :)

  11. These are just so charming! Fabric Cupcakes so awesome! Happy to have you joining us on the DT!