It happens about once a year … feeling crafty, I mean. It was about this time last year that I created glorious, too-pretty-to-eat cupcakes.

I’m truly not a naturally crafty person, and it just happens that my urge this year coincides with a marketer’s holiday: Father’s Day. In Australia, Father’s Day is marked on the first Sunday in September, probably because of the dearth of holidays at this time of the year. (We have quite a lot around April, May and June. So the retailers got together and asked, “What can we do to boost sales in September?”)

Instead of going overboard with cupcake decorations, I decided to simplify my ambitions and create an appropriate cupcake wrapper for Father’s Day.

Father's Day cupcakes, September 2009
I took a quote from the Bible and rendered it with a font that I've been eager to try out.

I liked the crown theme and thought it would be easy to turn the cupcakes into crowns. However, I underestimated how difficult it would be to make the template for the cupcake wrapper, mainly because I was starting with a muffin-size case, and I had to calculate the arc of the wrapper that would go around it.

In the end, I devised a wrapper template that suits the muffin size. If you use it, you may need to shrink it if you’re baking smaller cupcakes.

Father's Day cupcakes, September 2009
I printed the template onto coloured paper, cut out the crowns and then decorated them with sequins.

Shoes used for sequins, September 2009
Feeling thrifty, I purloined the sequins (and lots of spare beads) from this pair of thrift-shop slippers bought for just $3. If you're ever looking for a large quantity of sequins or secondhand wool, look in places that sell secondhand clothes.

Father's Day cupcakes, September 2009
I tested the cupcake wrappers on some felt cupcakes I made earlier this year.

The girls have enjoyed my arty focus this week, as I brought out the paints and later let them cut pictures out of a magazine — very messy!

Brioni, 3yo, September 2009

Aisha, 4yo, September 2009