Monday, 26 February 2018

DIY Poké Ball Cupcake Toppers for Pokémon Day

Do you know what tomorrow is? It's Pokémon Day! On February 27th, back in 1996, Pokémon Red and Green were released for the first time on GameBoy. Since then, Pokémon has become a cult classic all around the world, and this day has been celebrated as the moment in all began ever since. 

Anyone who knows me at all will know that I adore Pok
émon - even those that have walked passed me whilst I was using my phone should know, as my phone case is a Poké  Ball! - so of course I had to make something to celebrate this wonderful occasion.



I've been trying to bring more DIY projects to the blog since a poll that I ran on Instagram said that most of you prefer them over recipe posts, but since I absolutely love baking and just want to be in the kitchen 24/7, I tried to find a happy medium - and I think I've found it: cake toppers! 

Cake and cupcake toppers are some of my favourite DIY posts to read. I love the fact that you can personalise any cake or batch of cupcakes to suit any kind of party theme just with a simple topper! 

I've included a list of some of my favourite cake toppers by other bloggers at the bottom of this page, but for now, let's get onto the tutorial! I've broken this post up into the three different section for each Poké Ball that I made so it's easier for you all to follow 😋

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POKÉ BALL

What You'll Need:
♡ Foam ball
♡ Red, white, and black paint
♡ Paint brushes and palette
♡ Toothpick and something to stick it into, such as a block of foam
♡ Black fineliner pen



Directions:
1. Paint one half of your foam ball red. You may need to do multiple coats to get an even coverage. Whilst you are waiting for the paint to dry, stick your toothpick into the bottom of the foam ball, and then stick the other end of it into a foam block to prevent the ball from rolling and messing up the paint. Make sure you let it completely dry before moving onto the next step.

2. With a thin paintbrush, paint the black line all around the ball at the edge of your red paint. Be very patient with this step and take your time so you get it as even and steady as possible. Stick the ball back onto the toothpick whilst it dries.

3. Now it's time to paint your white circle! I traced a small circular object into some plastic and cut it out to use as a stencil, but if you're confident painting freehand, then all the power to you! I had to do quite a few layers to get the circle even, and to make sure it covered up the red and black beneath it. Place the ball back onto the toothpick to dry.

4. For the inner black circle, I tried to paint it freehand, but it just didn't work, so I decided to draw it with a fineliner instead. It still isn't as uniform as I would have liked, but I did the best I could! 

NOTE: It is essential that your white circle is 100% dry before you start this step, or you'll mess it up. I also recommend working quickly with the fineliner as it can cause the foam to deteriorate if you leave your pen on it for too long!


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GREAT BALL

What You'll Need:
♡ Foam ball
♡ Blue, white, and black paint
♡ Paint brushes and palette
♡ Toothpick and something to stick it into, such as a block of foam
♡ Red permanent marker
♡ Black fineliner pen

Directions:
1. Decide which way you want the ball to sit so that the front is facing you, then draw the two red lines that are on top of the great ball with your red permanent marker. You may need to go over it again to get an even coat, but don't leave the marker on the foam for too long or it will deteriorate, just like with the fineliner. Let the marker dry for a few minutes.

2. Paint that same side of the ball blue, being very careful not to paint over the red lines you have just drawn. Do as many coats as needed until it is even, remembering to place your ball onto a toothpick while it dries so it doesn't roll around.

3. Paint the black outline circle with a thin paintbrush, right on the edge of the blue line. Once again, do this very slowly to ensure you get the straightest and cleanest line possible. Put on toothpick to dry.

4. Using your stencil or just your paintbrush, now it's time to paint your white circle. You want to make sure your circle is in between the two red lines you drew earlier. It's always a good idea to have a photo up for reference during this step! Paint as many coats as needed, and remember to rest your ball on the toothpick in between layers.

5. Once your white circle is completely dry, draw your inner black circle with your fineliner. Try to do this quickly as quickly as possible, but don't rush too much! 😂



ULTRA BALL

What You'll Need:
♡ Foam ball
♡ Red, white, and black paint
♡ Paint brushes and palette
♡ Toothpick and something to stick it into, such as a block of foam
♡ Black fineliner pen

Directions:
1. This one is definitely the trickiest out of all three. I recommend having up a few photos of Ultra Balls from different angles for reference whilst you paint yours. Decide where you want the front of the Ultra Ball to be, then lightly paint the outlines of the yellow parts. 

You'll need to move the ball around to different angles to make sure you get it all correct, but don't forget which side is your front! Also, don't stress too much if you muck up the back as hardly anyone will know what it's meant to look like anyway 😂

2. Once you're happier with your rough outline, go ahead and paint the insides as well, until you've got a nice and even coating. Stick your foam ball onto a toothpick and then into your foam ball until it dries.

3. Now it's time to paint around the yellow parts of your Ultra Ball with black paint. Be very careful when you get close to the yellow paint so that you don't accidentally paint over it, whilst still making sure that you get as close as possible so that no white foam can be seen underneath or in between the two colours! 

4. Since you're using black paint, you can go ahead and paint the outline circle now instead of waiting for the paint to try. When you're happy with your outlining, let your foam ball dry on the toothpick once again.

5. Your white circle may take a few more coats this time as it has to cover up the black paint underneath, so do as many coats as needed. When your last coat is 100% dry, draw your inner circle with your blackfliner, and ta-da! You're done!


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I am a huge novice when it comes to painting, so these guys took me quite a while, which is exactly why I love them so much. I still have a lot to learn in terms of painting, what brushes to use, how paint will show up on different surfaces, and just how important primer is (IS it important?! Like, if I paint wood? Or fabric? Help me!!), and I am really looking forward to learning more about it and hopefully improving in the process!

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Now, as promised, some DIY cake and cupcake toppers that you NEED to check out:

Bowling Ball Cupcake Tuppers by Handmade Charlotte
Rainbow Cake Topper by Tell Love and Party
Fridge Magnet Cake Topper by Brit & Co
Record Cupcake Toppers by Studio DIY
♡ Sprinkles Cake Topper by The House That Lars Built
♡ Mini Paper Lanterns Cake Topper by Oh Happy Day!

How amazing are they all?! They've really inspired me to brainstorm more of my own cake and cupcake topper ideas! Do you guys have any requests for specific items or themes? The possibilities are endless!

Until next time,
Indya xx



PS. This post isn't affiliated with Nintendo at all, nor am I making money off this post. I just wanted to make something to celebrate Pokémon Day. On the other hand, if anyone from Nintendo is reading this, I'd love to collaborate on a post together! You can find my work email here 😉

PPS. Just in case any of you reading this are also big Pokémon fans, I KNOW that I forgot to include that black line around the white circle, and I'm sorry! I had already taken and edited all the photos by the time I realised 😅