Bumblebee Birthday – Terra Cotta Pot Cupcake Craft

I love going “all out” on birthday’s, at least my version of all out, then again compared to some people I’m probably pretty mild. My mom did a great job making sure we had fun birthday parties growing up and I want to do the same for my girls. Although they may not remember all the little details it means a lot for me to be able to create a fun experience for them and their friends.

While I’m not the craftiest kid on the block I do get into creating some crafts for birthdays. Lil C’s birthday theme this year was bumblebees! Which totally fits our family for several reasons, {see this website for one}. I decided to get some fun bumblebee themed decorations {at a very reasonable price} from Oriental Trading Company and then create a few of my own.

Bumblebee Dinner

One of the crafts I came up with, after looking at inspiration on the web and of course Pinterest was to do a bumblebee terra cotta craft, although I have not seen anything like the craft I made, hopefully it will inspire others.

I bought the following supplies from A.C. Moore:

Bumblebee Pots:

Terra Cotta Pots (we used the 4″ size) – One for each child

Bright Yellow Acrylic Craft Paint

Black Acrylic Craft Paint

1 inch paint brush (really any size brush or sponge brush

*After completing this project I learned a little bit of paint primer would have saved me from so many coats of paint, so you may want to add that to your list as well. {again, I’m only semi-crafty}

Cupcakes:

Preferably chocolate cupcakes in dark wrappers

Frosting (any kind really since it’ll be covered up anyway)

Oreo Cookie Crumbs (can be made in a food processor with the push of a button)

Bumblebee Antennae:

Tacky Glue – **Purchased for the project but not used**

Standard size black pipe cleaners

Small black poms

Misc:

Cardboard to create circles for inside your pots to shelve your cupcakes (depending on cupcake to terra cotta pot ratio)

Directions:

Normally one would start with the paint primer, however since I clearly didn’t use that in my craft I started painting the terra cotta pots with the yellow acrylic craft paint. I let that coat dry and painted another coat, and another and another…{you get the drift}…and looked something like this:

Painting Bumblebee Pots

 

Yellow Painted Pots

While waiting on those to dry I worked on the Bumblebee antennae using standard size black pipe cleaner that I cut in half with regular scissors prior to the photo following. I intended to use the Tacky Glue to adhere the small black poms onto the pipe cleaners, however found that wrapping the pipe cleaner around the pom was much easier, less messy, and looked great. I wound the pipe cleaner around the pom 1 to 1.5 times and then bent them to more closely resemble bumblebee antennae. Of course while making these cute antennae I had to have a few sips of my favorite drink, I call it “my wine”, Diet Coke. {You may choose the beverage of your choice.}

Tacky Glue Antennae

After checking to make sure the first 500 coats of yellow acrylic paint {yes I am exaggerating a little here}, I painted free-hand, yep, that’s right folks I do have a pretty steady hand, the black lines to look like a bumblebee. Using the bottom rim of the pot I started with my first line and tried to eyeball, of course if you want more perfect lines you could use a painters tape {which I found hard considering the shape of the terra cotta pots} or measure and mark. I wasn’t too picky but think they turned out pretty good, all things considered. Don’t you think???

Bumblebee Pots

I made Lil C’s pot a little different from the others because she’s the birthday girl of course!! Added a little glitter and her initial for her first name. After the pots were dried I cleaned up some of the lines, painted the rims and added a small circle of cardboard to fit right inside the pots since our cupcakes ended up being a little smaller than anticipated.

Cupcake time!!!!

This time I made the cupcakes and frosting from scratch, but you can use whatever works best for you. Miss A helped me roll the frosted cupcakes in the oreo crumbs to created the “dirt” look or look like bumblebee heads {which is what we were going for.} Sorry for the blurry picture:

Crumb Topped Cupcakes

Once these awesome cupcakes were done we put them in the fridge overnight (b/c of the fresh cream frosting) and the next day placed them on top of the cardboard and inserted two pipe cleaner antennae. I assembled them in a diamond formation with the special “C” cupcake at the head of the line, and here’s how they turned out:

Bumblebee Cupcake Terra Cotta Pot Craft

I think the guest of honor was quite pleased.

Happy Bee Day Girl

(and yes I did paint mine and the girls nails in black and yellow for the party!!)

What has been your favorite birthday party theme that you’ve a.) thrown for your children or b.) seen someone else {in person or online} throw?????

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