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Tutorial - DIY Download - Heart Cupcake Paper Theatre. Last Minute Valentine's Day Gift!

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Cute (calorie free) cupcakes! This fun full color paper template makes a sweet 3-D cupcake paper diorama. Perfect to make for a last minute Valentine's Day gift!!! 

This happy cupcake paper toy seems to scream out "YAY! Eat me! I love you!." Remember to customize this festive paper toy by adding a sweet message to the top decorative cupcake banner.

Plenty of FIBER!

A perfect project for a Valentine's Day weekend this year! 2015 is about LOVE baby!!!

>> Download PDF template. (Right click then "Save As")
Download and print the free printable pattern on cardstock or thick inkjet / laser color paper.
*Tip* If the printing paper is thin - you can also glue it to another plain sheet of paper to give it more support. We like spray adhesive since it's easy to put down a thin layer of glue evenly.

>> Materials and Tools Needed
Scissors
Craft Knife ( aka Exacto blade pen)
Template printed out on thick paper
Old dry pen to score paper

Instructions

Cut & Prep
1. Carefully cut out all the paper parts from the printed template. Cut along the thick outline with scissors. Do not cut on the dashed lines.
2. Use a craft knife / exacto knife to cut the D, E, G, H and F slots on the paper parts.
3. Score the dotted lines on each paper part using an old dry pen that has no ink. 

Personalize
4. Customize the cupcake. It is a good time to personalize and add a fun message to the cupcake banner now while that part is flat. Decorate the inside or simple write a pretty message inside the BANNER. Once the cupcake is built, it will be hard to decorate the banner.

Let's Build!
5. Fold all the scored paper parts. You will want to fold and tuck all the slotted TABS G, F, D, C, H and E into themselves. For the cupcake base fold the four marked STAR TABS halfway in so they act like paper legs for the BASE.

6. Start by slotting in the tucked in TABS H, G and F into the cupcake base marked SLOTS H, G and F. Once the tabs are slipped into the slots, open the tab arms back out.

7. Continue by slotting in the tucked in TABS D, C, and E into the marked SLOTS D, C, and E. Fold the tab arms out once they are slotted. *TAB C will fit into the hole made by the STAR TAB leg being folded in.

8. Final Step! Slot the A and B SNIPS on the BANNER into the the A and B SNIPS on the BACKGROUND of the cupcake. This final move will attach the banner to the top of the cupcake like a marquee sign.

Wala - Finished!

Adjust the legs on the cupcake so it stands up straight and tall! 

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