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Quick and Colorful Cupcake Picks – and a Giveaway!

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Learn how to turn some candy rock sticks and scraps of paper into the perfect flag decorations for your 4th of July cupcakes!

Still looking for a fun and festive way to add a little “oomph” to your 4th of July cupcakes? A quick trip to the craft store (unless you just HAPPEN to have a package of rock candy sticks laying around!) and you can create some customized, colorful cupcake picks in just a few minutes!

SUPPLIES (this contains affiliate links which means I may receive compensation if you make a purchase using these links):
package of rock candy sticks (I found them in the baking/candy section at Michaels)
patterned paper – I used the My Minds Eye Happy Camper collection but you could use scraps!
washi tape – any color
Plaid paint – assorted colors
foam brushes
Cricut Explore Air
Cricut Scoring Tool
Xyron Creative Station Lite with 5″ Permanent Adhesive refill

Wrap each pick with a small piece of washi tape. This is not absolutely necessary (because you will be covering the area with your paper flag), but it sure does make the picks look nicer when you are done!

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Paint the ball on the top of each pick and set aside to dry. I just set mine inside the lip of a box. You may need to do a second coat – but these dry in less than 10 minutes so by the time you finish the last pick you can start the second coat on the first pick! When dry – remove washi tape from each pick.

cupcake picks
cupcake picks

Cut your paper flags. I cut mine using a paper flag image from the Bridal Shower cartridge in Cricut Design Space. I loved the shape of it AND I used the Scoring Tool in the Explore so I didn’t have to worry about manually folding each flag in half.

cupcake picks

Run the flags pattern side UP through the Creative Station Lite (I used the 5″ permanent adhesive refill). Remove clear film.

cupcake picks

Peel flag from backing and lay pick (right below ball) in the center of the sticky side of the flag.

cupcake picks

Fold flag in half and press to adhere. TIP: I like to line up the edges of the flag and then press the flag together to adhere.

cupcake picks

And voila! My favorite thing about this project is it can be customized to ANY theme. There are hundreds of paint colors and patterned papers out there – the possibilities are endless!

cupcake picks
cupcake picks

Want to make these for your next party? You’re going to need a Xyron Creative Station Lite – and I’ve got one to give away! Simply leave a comment here and tell me what project you would create for your next party…I’ll announce the winner on my Facebook Page on Tuesday July 5th.

Here is where I admit I did this entire project and blog post just so I could share these AMAZING vintage Uncle Sam cupcake picks I grabbed at an antiques store earlier this year. I am still plotting a way to display them in the house year round.  I mean – look at this thing! Happy 4th everybody!

cupcake picks


This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. I love these they’re really cute, they’d be fun to make with my kids. I’d love to make cupcake wrappers if I could only figure out the right size lol.

  2. I would love to create some fun party decor with a Hawaiian theme! I’m definitely into pineapples right now! This would also be great for crafting back to school treats for teachers.

  3. Later this summer, my neighbor Rosalee is celebrating her 96th birthday. Several ladies in the neighborhood are going to celebrate her! (She still drives, lives by herself, volunteers playing the piano at senior homes, and works part-time!) I will be crafting the decorations. Beth, you’ve given me an idea. I am going to make cupcake toppers like you’ve shown, but I will add the "banner toppers" on the top of her cake – with pictures\sayings unique and memorable to Rosalee.

    1. oh my gosh Deidra!! Happy Birthday to Rosalee!! what a wonderful celebration!!

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