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Friday, February 25, 2011

Cupcake Countdown for Birthday

I have a few birthdays coming up in the next couple of months and now that my kiddies are at the age that they get excited about a birthday, I thought it would be fun to make up a birthday countdown that is for every member of the family!
I made this completely out of felt, a little fabric for the letters and the flame on top the candle is ribbon.
 I added a few extra touches by sewing zig zags on the cupcake liner, adding sprinkles to the frosting using the same Elmer's painter pens I used for my quiet book and of course the cute little flame on top the candles. I simply made 2 button holes on the top to string the rick rack through so I can simply hang it up on the wall.  I also inserted a wooden dowel on the top and bottom for weight to give the felt some extra stiffness.
  I then sewed the cupcake and one candle completely to the felt.  I used heat n bond and fabric for the letters.  This was a great project to clean out some scraps I had in my stash.
 Then I made extra candles in a variety of colors as well as a name badge for each member of the family.  On the back of each name and candle is Velcro (the scratchy side) so it will stick onto the felt. I sewed the Velcro onto the felt. This countdown is interchangeable for each birthday and as our family grows I can simply make more name badges to go with it.  The back side of the countdown is were all the extra candles and names are hidden so they will not get lost in a drawer or box somewhere.
 The candles make it fun for the kids.  They can either count up to the upcoming birthday by adding candles to the top of the cupcake, or count down by taking off candles as the birthday gets closer.
So Happy Birthday and eat cake!
I got this idea here but made a lot of my own changes
to make this countdown more personal and into the one I wanted.

My finished coundown measures the following:
Gray felt- 30" tall and 20" wide
Candles - 3" tall and 1.25" wide
Names - Aprox 2.5" tall and the length depends on the length of the name :)

24 comments:

amy said...

So darling!! How fun! It is so fun to celebrate things with our families. Thank you for such a cute idea.

Randi said...

What a cute idea ... and I love that you can use it for everyone in the family!

Visiting from Tatertots and Jello.

Aimee said...

Such a FUN idea! Love it. :)

M* {Daydream Believers} said...

So sweet! We have a birthday advent calendar that my daughter just loves! :) This is really adorable!

Candace@craftysisters-nc said...

Oh cute! I love that it's made out of felt. Adorable!

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Love the polka dot felt. Countdown calendars are so great, this is a fabulous idea.

Wendi said...

LOVE this idea! So fun and creative. My birthday is my favorite holiday so I think I need this for sure!
found you on the TTJ link party!
www.project-purple.blogspot.com

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

Adorable!! What a great idea!

I shared it on my TT&J FB page :)

xoxo
Jen

Jamie said...

What a cute countdown idea. I'm your newest follower. It would be great if you could stop by my blog Monday and add your project to The More The Merrier Link Party.

http://diyhshp.blogspot.com

Kim @ KimsKandyKreations said...

Wow. I am a huge fan (and collector) of advent style calendars. This is such a fun one!

I'd love it if you would like this project on our new Party themed blog link party here: http://kimskandykreations.blogspot.com/2011/02/shindig-saturday-party-blog-hop.html

Emily and Jaime at Everyday Art said...

Love it! We have a Christmas countdown that is the same idea, and this would thrill my kids. I love the bright, fun party colors. :)

Jen said...

What an adorable idea! And a great way for kids to know how many days are left so they don't keep asking ;)

Kristy said...

What a cute idea! Bookmarking it in my "if-I-ever-get-around-to-it" file!

Patty@sewingseeds said...

That is adorable. What a fun way to lead up to the big day!

hungryhippie said...

This is so cool! My 3 yr old would love it...Pretty please will you enter it into my St Pat's Day contest?
http://1hungryhippie.blogspot.com/2011/02/st-pattys-day-crafting-sewing-contest.html

:o)
natalie

Ani said...

That is adorable. Thanks for sharing! I made something similar to count down to Christmas, but I didn't think about what a birthday one would be like. :)

Megan said...

what a great idea! It looks so much fun.

megan
craftycpa.blogspot.com

Cozy Home Scenes said...

How cute! I can see how it would be handy with little kids to help them understand time a little better. Thanks for sharing your idea.

Nikki said...

Wow, that's so cute! My 2 1/2 year old would jump out of his skin if he saw that -- he loves cupcakes, candles, and counting (what toddler doesn't?!)

Rachel Harwood said...

That is so cute!!! I love it!

Hop over to my site! I'd love to have you link up at my For the Kids Fridays link party.
http://sunscholars.blogspot.com

:)rachel

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

Oh my goodness that is so cute! I have a little boy that would love this.
http://itsybitsypaper.blogspot.com

Jaime said...

This is awesome!! I'd love for you to link this up to http://polkadotsonparade.blogspot.com/2011/03/wow-me-wednesday_23.html

Jennifer said...

What an adorable idea! I will definitely be borrowing this idea for my boys. Thanks for the inspiration!
jen
Scissors & SPatulas

Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva said...

What a great idea! Count-downs are always fun for the kiddos. Visiting from Show and Tell at Blue Cricket.
~Kimberlee
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