And She's moving to South Korea.
I've known for months, and I'm super excited for her (She's going with her hubby to teach English there for a year!) but sad for me. Its been a crazy mix of emotions but today was one of the hardest. Today was her going away party. I made cupcakes.
What is it they say? "When you're sad- craft!" Oh, they don't say that? Must just be me then. And I took my own advice, making 3 types of cupcakes for the party, and hand creating flag toppers with goodbye sayings on every one.
It was sort of cathartic. Working with my hands to make pretty things, to spread joy, has always been a coping mechanism for me. I also obsessed over what to give her as a going-away present. She can't take much to Korea, and she doesn't wear jewelry etc. Memory books are overdone and we don't have that many pictures together. I finally settled on this pretty Michigan shaped stone in a locket. I added some pink jewels, and a pick dot where Grand Rapids is. Then I added a pretty silver "A" and the heart charm. I think she liked it. The sand is from Lake Michigan. Hopefully it'll remind her of home.
Anyway, you're not here to listen to my woes of impending loneliness. You're here to see how to make some awesome custom cupcake flags! They were super easy, and I've developed a Word Document so that you can make them too! Now, this is the first time I've offered a Word Doc as a printable here. So we're bound to have some hiccups. Let me know if it doesn't work for you.
What You Need:
- Microsoft Word (or another program able to read .docx)
How To Make Them:
- Download the Word Document. THIS ONE is red white and blue colored. THIS ONE is blank, so you'll have to print on colored paper.
- Open the document in Word, and write your sayings in the text boxes. Don't resize the boxes, make your font smaller if it doesn't fit.
- Print the flags.
- Cut out the flags on the top and bottom, but not the sides yet.
- Fold the flag on the dotted line and unfold. Dab some glue where the toothpick will go, and at the end of the flag.
- Place the toothpick and seal the glue around it. Then, trim off the end of the flag.
- Repeat as needed until you've made all your flags!!
All in all I think they added some nice pop to the red white and blue themed cupcakes. Everyone loved looking through and choosing a cupcake by the saying attached. This would be a great addition to a birthday party, or a class snack. Heck, they don't need to be printed! Use this same technique to make them out of pretty paper, or washi tape!