If you are thinking to yourself, does Art Bar really have any more cardboard ideas in her? The answer is always YES!! We made these cardboard cupcakes inspired by Wayne Thiebaud a few years ago but I never got around to writing about them until now. We did a smaller version in art class, but these big ones were from a birthday party. Aren’t they so colorful and amazing?
These cupcakes are loosely based on Thiebaud’s cakes and sweets series. Usually when we do an artist study, we spend some time looking at and talking about their work. But since this was a birthday party, we skipped that part and I just put out materials that I thought would evoke the feeling of Thiebaud: colorful and playful.
I was also inspired by this post from first grade art teacher Jennifer Bartolazzi, whose students used paint and torn paper to create their Thiebaud inspired cupcakes.
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Supplies for Cardboard Cupcakes:
~ Paper templates for top and bottom of cupcake
~ Good, sturdy scissors
~ Glue gun
How to set up Cardboard Cupcakes:
1. First, cut out the cupcakes from cardboard. I decided to cut the top and bottom separately, then hot glue gun them together. My thought behind this was so that the children could clearly identify that there were two parts, without me having to explain. At birthday parties, I usually let the children explore without much instruction. I cut out templates from paper first, then traced them onto the cardboard. I glued the tops and bottoms together with hot glue.
2. I set out everything on the table. I did not put out a sample. I did encourage them to start with the oil pastels, but it’s ok if they don’t. There aren’t many rules at a birthday party, the point is for them to have fun and feel successful.
That’s really it! There is some prep involved, but after that it’s a really simple and fun birthday party or classroom idea. I wish I could have kept even just one of these! I love them all together, and they definitely have a Wayne Thiebauld feel to them… pure deliciousness.