Birthday Cupcakes for a Bulletin Board

Recently at my church, I was given a new assignment on Sundays.  I help out with teaching children 3-11 years old.  To make our Primary room a little brighter, I was asked to decorate our bulletin board.  I didn't take a before picture, but it was gray butcher paper with a bright yellow scalloped boarder.  That was it.  There weren't any decorations....and gray?  That isn't a very happy color for the kids to look at.  I decided to get some new paper for the background, make some cupcakes, and make sure that it was decorated in fun colors.
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I found a free PNG file of a cupcake, then went to the Cricut Design Space site to plan out my project.  One of the great things about Cricut is they have plenty of video tutorials to help you out when you first use their products.  After designing my project, I set my Cricut Explore to cut the shapes I needed.

The machine works so quickly!  Next I had to remove the card stock paper from the cutting mat.
To remove the paper, you hold the paper flat and curl the mat back off of the paper.  If you try to peel the paper off of the mat, it will curl the paper so it doesn't lay flat anymore.
Next you separate the cut out shapes from the paper.  I did the cupcake tops and bottoms in different papers.  The cupcake tops are made from 3 different patterns.
Since these were going to be birthday cupcakes, I cut candles with my Cricut machine also.
I printed out the names of the children and added them to the candles, then I printed out the months and added them to the bottom of the cupcakes.

I went up to my church building and decorated the bulletin board with blue and lime green butcher paper.  I used a circle punch to create a border  Then I attached the cupcakes and candles.
I finished decorating the board. 
The kids really liked the board when they saw it on Sunday.  They loved the colors and liked looking for their candle.  It was a fun project to work on and it make the room a bit brighter.


  1. Wow, that machine is pretty sweet! I want it! I'm really terrible at crafts so this would be perfect for making fun cutouts and creative activities with the kids. I'll have to try it out!

    1. It is an amazing machine! I make stencils with it for when I paint things, I've made birthday decorations, and it cuts vinyl too! I was lucky enough to win one in a giveaway last year.

  2. What a great idea! I would love to make one of these for my mother in law for everyone's birthdays!!

    1. That's a great idea Sydney! I forget my cousins and aunts birthdays and making one to remember family birthdays would make sure I never miss one!

  3. You're so crafty! These turned out really well:)


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