Wrap the 1 3/8” x 9 1/2” printed paper around the bottom of the paper mache box, matching the edges. Adhere with the double stick tape. Wrap the ½” x 9 ½” printed paper around the outer edge of the box cover. Adhere with the double stick tape.
With the wrong side of the fabric facing up, center the 10” wood embroidery hoop on top. Use the pencil to trace the outer edge of the hoop. Cut the circle out.
Thread the fine sewing needle with the white sewing thread. On the right side of the fabric, sew an assortment of beads and sequins around the center of the fabric circle for the cupcake “sprinkles.” Sew the 14 mm red round acrylic bead to the center of the fabric circle for the “cherry". You can sew on as much or as little beads as you want.
When you are happy with the amount of beads sewn on, thread the large eye needle with the crochet thread. Sew an even running stitch around the fabric circle, about ¼” from the edge. Remove the needle and pull the ends of the thread together to gather the fabric circle like a drawstring bag.
Stuff with fiberfill until it is firm. Pull threads to close the hole and knot securely. Trim off excess crochet thread.
Place the knotted end of the fabric onto the top of the box cover. Use the glue gun to glue the fabric down. Make sure you glue down the fabric along the edges, too.
Place the trim along the edges between the fabric and cover top, overlapping the edges. The trim will hide any gaps between the fabric and box cover.
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