Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Pin the candle on the cupcake tutorial {finally!!}

Remember way back at the end of August I shared this game with you?  Yeah I know, kinda hard to remember.  Well I have wanted to post a tutorial because so many of you mentioned that you wanted to make one for your kids' birthday parties.  Well I started it right after the party but kept putting it off to do other projects. But now it's finished!!!

Before we start I have a couple of things:

First of all,  I want to say that I appreciate everyone's sweet comments. I'm so glad you all liked it so much.  It was a hit at the party (although I have no pics to prove it since I am the only one in this family that takes pictures and I was busy running the game...jeesh) 

Second, these steps are by no means set in stone.  If you can find easier or better ways then that's awesome (and please share :-))!  And of course the color possibilities are endless!!  If you have any questions please email me and I will help you out!  I hope you come back and let me know what you did and show me your finished products.
I would love to see them!

Okay, let's get started!

Step 1: Gather your materials and make your own or print out templates 

1. Felt sheets in assorted colors to included orange and/or yellow
2. 1 yard of felt in dark pink 
3. 2 yards of felt in light pink
4. 2 yards of jumbo rick rack
5. Fabric paint also in assorted colors
6. Freezer paper
7. Sticky back velcro
8. Dowel
9. Template (print or make your own)

If you decide to make your own here are the dimensions I used:

If you want to print out templates here is the link to my template file:

**Templates size does not need to be change before printing.  Each template will fit on a standard sheet of printing paper.**

IMPORTANT: When making your pattern for cupcake top make sure to add aproximently an extra two inches to the bottom.  The pictures below explain it better.  

No adjustments are needed for the cupcake bottom or candle body and flame.

Step 2: Cut out 2 rectangles from each of the 10 pieces of felt plus one extra for the banner. (21 rectangles total)

Step 3: Cut out 21 flames from orange and/or yellow felt.

Step 4: Sew 2 flames together.  Do this 9 more times.

Step 5: Sandwich sewn flame between two of the same color rectangles.  Sew around.  Repeat 9 times. 

Step 6: Cut 10 pieces of stick on velcro (the hook side not the fuzzy) that measure approx. 2 .5 inches long.  Put one one each candle.

*EDIT* I recently took out the game and found that some of the velcro is peeling off so I would recommend sewing it down.

Step 7: Cut out cupcake top from white felt and bottom from dark pink felt using templates.

Step 8: Trace around top of cupcake template on freezer paper.  Draw circles for the "sprinkles" free hand or by tracing around a quarter.  

Step 9: Use a craft knife to cut out circles

Step 10: Iron stencil onto cupcake top using low heat setting (no steam).  Make sure to press around the edges of circles so that you won't have fabric paint bleed through.

Step 11: Paint circles with fabric paint.  I used tulip soft brand.  Once dry pull off stencil. I tried to draw in where the top of the cupcake was so you could see it better...(not my best work, haha!)

This what it should look like:

Step 12: Cut out 2 pieces measuring 23" by 36" of the light pink felt. I actually made the cupcake first and cut the light pink felt big enough for the cupcake to fit.  So 23" by 36" is what worked best.  

Step 13: Pin cupcake top, bottom, rectangle (candle body), and flame on one piece of the banner. Sew onto banner. 

**Note** This candle is a little shorter then the other pieces because it gets tucked behind the cupcake.  If you prefer you can cut one rectangle longer and tuck it behind to where it is the same length as the other pieces. 

Step 14: Place two pieces of jumbo rick rack along the long sides of one of the 23" by 36" piece of light pink felt.  

Step 15: Pin two pieces of banner right sides facing together (see above).  Sew around with 1/2 inch seam allowance leaving an opening for turning.

Turn so the right sides are facing out. Pin opening closed. Topstitch around.  Your edges where the rick rack is should look like this (minus the dog hair).

This was my first time working with rick rack in this way.  I had some issues with the corners...not the prettiest but I'm okay with it. :-)  Any tips? I'd love to hear them.

(ugh my zoom is horrible!)

Step 16: Turn down top of banner approx. 2 inches.  Sew the hem.  

Step 17: Insert dowel into hem.  Tie one piece of ribbon at both ends of dowel. I made my ribbon quite long so that the banner hung low enough for the kids to reach.

 Hang up and voila you are finished!!

So there you have it.  Lots of steps but not too complicated.  I hope I explained my process well enough. Questions?  Feel free to email me, I'd love to help!

Linking to these parties!

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A Crafty Soiree


  1. This is adorable!!! I am adding this to my "tutorials I want to do" list:)

  2. Oh this is just soooo great!! What a cute and fun idea!!!

  3. Thanks for coming to A Crafty Soiree and sharing:) This is beyond amazing, I love how super cute it is and how it doubles as a fun game. Really great job!

  4. oh my word, i cant wait to try this at home. thank you for sharing your tutorial and templates.

  5. Fabulous take on an old classic! Thank you!

  6. this is soooo cute!!! I love it!!!

  7. This is fabulous! Love it. This can go in the favourites file. Thanks.

  8. I found you off of OPT.

    This is so going on my project list.
    I love it!

  9. Love it! What kid wouldn't want to pin a candle on a GIANT cupcake! So fun.

  10. i loved your cupcake so much I featured it this week :)

  11. This is such a cute idea. I think I will be making one to use as a countdown for my kids birthdays. They can add or take a way a candle. Thanks for sharing :)

  12. This is such an adorable idea! I love it!!

  13. Such a great idea! I'm going to add this to my "tutorials to do" page so that I can make it for my daughter's birthdays when she gets a little older! Thanks for the great idea!


  14. This is a perfect alternative to Pin the Tail on the Donkey. I LOVE it! I'm adding it to my to-do list (at least I have until December when my daughter will turn 5!). Thanks!

  15. Just wanted to say thank you for this pattern - it's fantastic. I made it for my daughters 6th birthday and the girls were thrilled with it. And the Mom's well they were completely amazed.

  16. @anonymous-I'm so happy to hear that!! I would love to see pictures so I can show them off! just email me at andi [at] Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!!!

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